Stay Motivated to go to The Gym

Now that I have been going to the gym for awhile – I have developed enjoyment for it.  I enjoy the camaraderie with other gym goers.  I like the feeling of slightly sore muscles.  I  love the feeling of accomplishment and it feels great when I set personal highs and see changes in my body.

I still face motivation issues though.  Some days when I wake up I do NOT want to go to the gym at all.  These days usually coincide with “legs days”.  That is probably because squats and deadlifts suck.  How do I deal with it?  Here are 3 ways that I deal with lack of motivation:

“How soon ‘not now’ becomes ‘never’.”
Martin Luther

1. I don’t think about it: This is probably my most effective way of dealing with lack of motivation.  I simply do not think about it.  The alarm goes off, I jump up, get in my gym clothes, eat a quick protein rich breakfast and leave.  I try to do all of this within half an hour.  The less time I have to talk myself out of going to the gym – the more often I go.  If I sit around and say I will go at the end of the workday – I am in trouble.  I start bargaining with myself’ “Oh if I go on Saturday I can skip today” or “Oh I will just cut the grass instead”.  The longer I sit around the more of those arguments I can create.  I am not a morning person, so my mind is too foggy to think up any such arguments.

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”

2. Don’t think about the workout think about the results: If I sit around and think about doing squats or how much I hate doing lateral shoulder raises I will not want to go.  When I lift weights there is no exercise that gets me excited to go.  Quite honestly all the lifts I do are painful and tiring.  I can not motivate myself by thinking about what I am going to do.  I CAN think about the results though.  I can look and see my biceps are larger, I can flex and see muscles in my shoulders that quite frankly I didn’t know existed. Even better than looking at my current results, I envision what I WANT to accomplish.  There is nothing more personally motivating than that.  Don’t think about what you are doing, think about what you will get from it.

“Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer

3. Use motivational tools that are at your disposal: If I am feeling down or unmotivated there are two things I can do that will at the very least lift me up and motivate me long enough to get off my butt.  Music and Reading.  Luckily with things like the interent – these are at our fingertips at all times.  You can find almost any song you want on Youtube.  You don’t even have to listen to motivational music – I listen to rap usually!  Not motivational and/or concious rap either – sometimes just loud obnoxious ignorant “gangsta” rap.  WHATEVER gets you motivated – it is your choice.,  As for reading – next time you feel unmotivated take the time to google motivational quotes.  Reading words from some of the worlds most famous and powerful people can do wonders for your motivation.  You might even learn a thing or two.

“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”
Andrew Carnegie

  • I'm on the number two part. I always get motivated with the results I get. That makes me stay at the gym more often.

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