One of the main reasons why people hire personal trainers is not only weight loss, or muscle gain, but actually lack of motivation. This factor occurs on many different levels e.g. Not motivated to go to the gym, not motivated to change workouts and also not motivated to push your limits! Here's some tips to get yourself in the zone.
Wether its a person, a photo you dislike of yourself, a specific goal or even someone you're trying to prove wrong, have a motivator! If you don't have a strong motivator in the gym you wont have much chance of going that extra mile, this is because the workout doesn't mean anything to you. On the other hand, if you have a image of yourself which you hate, look at it every time before you go to the gym to get you pumped and determined to change the way you look by smashing a workout!
Do you go into the gym, have a little wander round, see whats free and then get a bit sweaty? This isn't a great approach to any workout and will very easily make you demotivated plus very lost. Make sure EVERY TIME you go to the gym you have a purpose. This could be: a particular muscle group to work, a target distance to jog, a certain amount of calories you'd like to burn or even a weak area you want to improve. Again, this method will make you have a clear understanding of why you're there and therefore you wont give up until you've completed your task.
I personally love music, I use big headphones which leave me in my own little world which totally focuses me on my workout. This also stops me from chit chatting too much and getting on with my workout as you probably see the typical person who chats more than they train! Other suggestions I've found helpful: A photo to motivate you, watch inspirational videos before a workout or even have a favourite quote.
If all of the above haven't seemed to work, when you really feel like ‘taking it easy’ or ‘not pushing yourself’ the easiest way to get you motivated is to think why you started, the very root to why you bought a gym membership in the first place. And whatever that may be, keep it mind, then go and make every workout you have the best one yet!
Use these tips and really think about how you can make it personal to you. Working with hundreds of people I have found changing peoples perspectives of how they enter and approach the gym really soaks into their workouts, and every person I have worked with has achieved so much more when they've really focused on what motivates them. So let these tips help you too!
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All articles are written by Luke Teuma, Founder of Lean With Luke.