On Dismissing or Judging Appearance-Focused Goals

Pat Barber Coaching


I’m taking a moment to expand on my concerns with appearance-focused goals. I will always encourage clients to have less of an emotional attachment to aesthetics and to give more attention and awareness to the vision of the life they want to live, the things they want to do, and the experiences they want to have in a fitter body. That said, I understand context matters and everything is nuanced and situational.

If you haven’t seen the video I refer to, you can watch it here: My Response to Jillian Michaels’ Criticisms of CrossFit.

Additional Resources:

What is a “bad” goal?

Do ego-driven goals lead to ego-driven training?  (such as cherry-picking workouts, only training strengths, etc.)

On Letting Go of Goals You Don’t Actually Want to Achieve


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About the Author

Pat Barber

You might know me from the CrossFit Games, where I’ve competed since 2008, but I have also been the Head of Coaches Development for one of the largest CrossFits in the world. I have the honor of being one of the few L4 coaches, and I still love teaching L1s and L2s for CFHQ (I’ve put about 15,000 coaches through their L1’s). I'm husband to the most wonderful woman in the world, and a father who loves surfing, Magic: The Gathering, knife making and good coffee.

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