Motivation is something that drives most athletes to compete and push themselves to succeed.
It’s a great attribute to have, but even the most driven athletes have moments of lethargy, where they must push themselves through all the aches and pains, and muster up enough energy to hit the gym.
If motivation weren’t such a big part of fitness, then surely there wouldn’t exist so many inspirational posters telling us to get our butts in gear. Nike’s famous tagline – Just Do It – draws upon this critical element of fitness and uses it to inspire people to get out and train.
We echo this sentiment and have gone one step further by including inspirational phrases in our pocket liners. We call them the Fitmark fit-phrase™ because we want you to be inspired to work out.
Inspirational quotes are just one method of staying motivated, but what other practical things can you do?
This is one of the top driving motivators of Olympians and athletes everywhere. And as so many CrossFitters are proving globally across the internet, competing against a component or even just your own personal best will keep you motivated
You can’t compete or chart your progress without writing it down. That’s why you’ll see so many people with notebooks in the gym. Writing it down and seeing your results in black and white helps to keep you invested and that’s great motivation.
In order to chart your progress and keep track of your results, you need to set yourself goals. It’s important to keep these goals realistic and within a timeframe that will bring about results. Otherwise you’re just setting yourself up for failure, and nothing beats down motivation quicker than that.
Most athletes adopt this method of staying focused and keeping their head in the game, because what is the point of training for high performance if you don’t have your eye on the prize? Athletes will run through the race or gameplay in their minds before hitting the playing field. They will imagine themselves reaching the finish line first against all odds. Scientific research has now proven that visualization actually works in any scenario. So try it out next time your goal is to increase your lifting weight – visualize yourself actually lifting that weight and blasting past your own personal best and see how quickly your motivation peaks.
It’s not unlike the same principle that drives entrepreneurs like us and people like you. You visualize your gameplan and play it out day by day with as much enthusiasm as you did the very first day. We understand this drive as entrepreneurs and fitness enthusiasts, and we hope this shines through in our bags. Our attention to detail in the finer things like inspirational quotes in our pocket liners reflects who we are and who you are as athletes and fitness enthusiasts who pay as much attention to detail in your training and physique as we do.
So get on out there and just do it!
Mark A. Samuel