Finding the motivation to go to the gym, or to workout at home, can be challenging at times. So, what do you do when you find yourself skipping workouts, or just not giving 100 percent of your effort?
There are several things you can try when you are lacking the motivation to workout.
One of the most effective things you can do to get motivated again is to simply change up your workout routine. For example, if you normally train with dumbbells and barbells, try changing it up completely and just do bodyweight exercises.
If you normally do straight sets (meaning you do all of your sets for one exercise before moving on to another) then try performing supersets (do one set of an exercise and then do a set of a different exercise).
Maybe you are training in a higher rep range; the stand “8 to 12 reps” per set. Try doing heavier sets of 5 to 6 reps.
The point is to change things up. Think of something that would even be fun. Maybe you can train with circuits-performing several exercises one right after the other. Maybe you can try flipping tires, dragging a sled, training with kettlebells, sandbags, jump rope, etc.
Just try to think of what would get you excited to train again. What would you actually look forward to doing?
The options here are endless. Another great option: train outside with bodyweight exercises.
Furthermore, you can even switch up the number of days you train per week. If you train 4 days with an upper/lower split, try training 3 days a week with total body workouts.
Here’s another, very effective motivator: find something to train for! Maybe you can compete in a local powerlifting meet. Set a goal to deadlift a certain weight. Set yourself a goal so you have a reason to be in the gym. This tip alone can be very inspiring and provide much-needed motivation.
Get creative. Change things up. Just find a way to get yourself excited to train again!