I wanted to do a quick post today on workout motivation tips that’ll keep you pumping hard in the gym.  Some of these may be a bit out of the box, but that’s the kinda guy I am.

I’ll include a surprise at the end, so make sure you read all the way through.workout motivation tips

Tip #1. Choose the right partner

It’s known that you are the sum average of the 5 people you are closest to.  Their income, their attitude, their age, and their physical condition.  If you stop and think about it, it’s true because we naturally gravitate toward people like ourselves.

With that in mind, if you want to be in the best shape of your life, why drag your friend to the gym that has a gut that sticks out below his t-shirt?  My advice is always to find someone that’s a bit further than you, or where you want to be, and they are ALREADY going to the gym.  That way, you know they’ll be there whether you are or not, so you’ll feel obligated to show up.

I’ve had plenty of workout partners like that.  They would party all night Friday, but because they knew I would be in the gym on Saturday and texting them where they were at, they managed to get their hung over butts in the gym.  Do you think they would have without me being there?

Tip #2. Choose the Right Song

If you’re a music person like I am (I always have a song going.  Right now, it’s Chris Botti because I like to listen to jazz as I write), then the right song will put you in the right mood to crush it in the gym.   I generally go for rap, but techno, house, and metal are good choices.  Sample a bunch of music and find what gets you amped.

I’d suggest finding your own music device (I use my phone) because your taste may differ from what they play in the gym, which is usually a mix because they have to appeal to everyone in there.

Get that right playlist blasting in your ear and zone out.

Tip #3. Choose the Right Trainer

This is an amplified version of #1.  The drawback of a workout partner is that THEY MAY NOT KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING.  The advantage to getting a trainer is that they at least have some knowledge of how the body works and how to get you to your goals.  They cost some money, but you can’t put a price on the body of your dreams.

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Tip #4. Choose the Right Reason

This is a huge one.  This really should be number one, but I wanted to save the best for last.  The right reason to do something will make the difference in success or failure.  The underdog that’s protecting his home usually has the advantage over the conquerer that’s there just to expand his power (you’ve seen 300 and the damage those guys did to the Persians!).

They had the right reason.  If I told you to swim the English Channel for $10,000, you might not do it, but if I told you to swim because I would kill your entire that if you didn’t.  Chances are that you’d either swim the whole thing or die trying.

I know that’s a bit extreme, but you have to find the right reason, the right value that resonates with you on why you want to workout.  Whether that’s for a woman, a man, family, contest money, competitiveness, or whatever, use it to leverage you to success.

Another way to do this is to stack your motivators.  If you’re competitive, and you value friendship for example, challenge your friends to a ‘get fit contest’ and put something meaningful on the line.  Set a hard goal such as 5% body fat loss in 5 weeks or 10 lbs of muscle in 12 weeks and go for it!

I said I had a surprise for you, and here it is.

Bonus: 3 Things That Will Kill You Motivation To Workout

  1. Comparing yourself to the magazines – you don’t know their genetics, their lifestyle, their foods, their coaches, their supplements, or their drugs (if they look like it).  A lot of these guys are professionals, so it would be like comparing your game on the court to LeBron James.  You have a 9-5 or are in school.  He gets paid millions of dollars to play this sport all day long.  There’s no comparison.  You’re just hindering yourself if you try to.
  2. Making Excuses – There are two kinds of people in this world.  Those that make excuses, and those that get it done.  Period.  If you want to be successful, stop making excuses (no matter how large they are) and find away to succeed.
  3. Not getting enough fats in your diet or enough sleep – Your hormones play a major part in your mood and motivation.  If you don’t “feel” like going to the gym, there’s probably a reason.  A possible reason is that your hormone levels are low because you don’t have enough fat in your diet to carry those hormones to your muscles and to your mind.  Not sleeping enough will cause cortisol levels to rise which breaks down muscle (not good) and you’ll be tired – another reason to skip the gym today.  Do your body right, and it will do you right in return.

Your next step is to take action.  Put those motivators in place and let’s get ripped.

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Until next time,

Mitch