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Tips to Achieve Your Five Impossible Fitness Goals

Posted Apr 19 2010 4:50am

We all make empty resolutions to ourselves. “This year, I’m going to run my first marathon,” “Next month, I’m going to shave a minute off my mile,” “One day, I’m going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro” We sprinkle ambitious goals into conversations with friends at dinner parties and with colleagues at work. However, it seems these deeds are much more easily said than done. Year after year our ambitious to-do lists remain unchecked and we become less and less motivated to see them through to the end.

Tara Zimliki, creator of Tara ’s Boot Camp, is one health expert who has helped many people achieve a range of fitness goals. Whether overcoming weight-loss challenges, running their first marathons, or improving their overall health, Tara has coached her clients through their most difficult fitness endeavors. Along the way, she has taught them to live by the credo that taking on a personal fitness milestone is just as much a physical feat as it is a mental one.

Maintain achievable mini-goals.

Impossible Fitness Goal: Break the Yo-Yo Diet Cycle

  • Easy Solution: Consult a Good Personal Trainer

o        Sometimes we need a little one-on-one attention to get us to the goal weight we desire. “People are often unsuccessful because they try to fit into the mold of what they think they should be doing, instead of trying something tailored to personal preference,” Tara warns. Some of us may be turned off by the cost of personal trainers and health experts, but many people don’t realize these sessions need not last forever.

o        Think of a personal training session as an investment. Once you have the knowledge and guidance that can only come from a certified health professional, you will have the tools to defeat your waistline woes once and for all.

Impossible Fitness Goal: Lose Those Last Five-Ten Pounds

  • Easy Solution: Enter a Weight-Loss Contest

Impossible Fitness Goal: Run Your First Marathon

  • Easy Solution: Start Training Early

 Impossible Fitness Goal: Break a Personal Record

  • Easy Solution: Take a Break!

 Impossible Fitness Goal: Bounce Back From an Injury or Hiatus  

  • Easy Solution: Alternate Between Different Types of Workouts


Evaluate your goals in terms of the joy and fulfillment they will bring you once they are completed. No matter how big or small, each milestone will make you stronger in body and mind. When beginning your next fitness task, keep these expert tips in mind and before you know it, you’ll be scaling Mt. Everest. Good luck!

Tara is a Certified Personal Trainer through The American Council on Exercise (ACE), and a Boot Camp Instructor. She has competed and trained with top athletes at the University of South Carolina where she was awarded a full cross-country scholarship. Tara has a B.A. from Rutgers University and specializes in fat loss and nutrition
Tara has completed 15 Marathons and hundreds of races worldwide. In 2008, Tara placed in the top 500 women for the NYC Marathon. Tara ’s practices what she preaches in all aspects of fitness and health and for this reason she is a trusted trainer that produces results.  For more information, please visit

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