Fitmark Ambassador Jennifer Robinson gives advice on how to step up your “A game” in the gym
While at the gym I notice that some people seem very focused on their training and others seem to meander from one exercise to another with seemingly no goal no purpose in mind. Don’t confuse activity with progress. Showing up to the gym and walking through the doors is a big step but in order to see results, your ‘A game’ has to show up with you.
Here are a few tips to coax that ‘A game’ out of its shell some days so that you can stay motivated and stay on track to reach your goals!
If you are feeling in a motivational rut, I have found that adding a couple of new songs to your iPod can help lift your spirits at the gym. A new training outfit or training accessory always puts a smile on my face when going to the gym.
Another trick to give yourself a pick me up is to switch up your training time. Training before or after your work or school schedule may show you and entirely different vibe at your gym. Also, your body may be fatigued by training at night so you might feel energized by getting your training in earlier in the day. If you train in the evenings you may feel rushed to leave work, run errands, and then hit the gym. A change in training time can break that feeling and re-energize your training.
With this being the new year, many gyms are crowded and it may be frustrating to arrive with your predetermined training program and be unable to train freely as a lot of equipment is occupied by groups of members. One option would be to welcome the new members and politely ask to ‘work in’. I believe that once they see your level of seriousness and commitment, its less of a tug of war and more of a cooperation to share the limited equipment.
Grab a friend! If you feel your motivation waning for training, grab a buddy and partner up with new training ideas or training classes. One of my favorite phrases to hear is ‘I’ll do it if you will!’ Whether you are starting CrossFit, spin class, marathon running, or physique competing, having a buddy along for the ride always makes great memories.
Finally, another tip to bust a rut… visit a new locale! Train at a different location of your gym, grab a visitor pass and visit a new facility, train with a friend at their gym, or just change your scenery and train outside with maybe a stadium or track workout. An outdoor run on local trails can also help reinvigorate your training.
I believe that the key to maintaining motivation is to recognize when you need a pick me up so you can avoid the training blues…. keep these suggestions in mind as you set your daily, weekly, and monthly goals so that you can stay on the path to reaching those goals successfully while keeping your motivation high.
Fitmark Ambassador 2013