Sometimes, you just don’t want to work out. Well, use these tips to provide workout motivation next time you are having trouble getting motivated to workout.
Here are some workout motivation tips!!
1) Change things up.
This is the easiest way to get motivated to workout. Just do something completely different from what you’re doing now. For example, if you do total body workouts, try doing an upper/lower split, or vice versa. If you’re doing bodybuilding splits, then change to total body workouts.
Another example: train in a different rep range. If you train in the typical 8-12 rep range, try lifting in the 5-6 range for a change of pace (no, ladies, this will not make you big and bulky). If you do primarily dumbbell and barbell exercises, switch to a bodyweight only workout. The key here is to completely change your routine. Get creative if you want, just come up with something that gets you excited and motivated to work out again.
2) Set a goal.
This is my favorite method for finding workout motivation. As an example, you could set a date to compete in a local powerlifting event, race, or other competition. Maybe you want to run faster, jump higher, lift a certain amount of weight. Just set a performance goal, set a deadline, and schedule your training accordingly. Having an end goal in mind is a great way to keep you motivated and excited to get into the gym.
3) Workout with a partner.
If you train alone, you may want to find someone to workout with. Warning: train with someone who will be consistent and is positive and encouraging. The last thing you want to do is get a workout partner who is constantly negative or will make excuses not to go to the gym on a consistent basis. A great workout partner can encourage you, motivate you, provide social support, and help push you to improve your performance.
4) Hire a personal trainer.
Some people simply won’t go to the gym unless they know they are paying someone who will be waiting on them. That is one of the main reasons people hire me. Warning: do your homework before hiring a trainer. Most trainers don’t truly know what they’re doing. Ask questions about their experience, certifications, and ask for client referrals. If they are hesitant to give you any information, walk away and save your time and money.
Oh, one more thing. Here’s an easy test: tell them you are interested in losing fat quickly. If they recommend anything other than a total body or upper/lower split (and they tell you to do a lot of long, slow cardio), they don’t have a clue what they are doing. Get away . . . fast.