While most of us love going to the gym and chasing that pump everyday, there are still some days when we would rather be doing anything else.
Hey…You’re human so its perfectly normally to lose your focus and motivation along the way. Even the most dedicated athletes find themselves in a rut from time to time.
If you have found yourself no longer having the motivation you once had, here are a few tips that will help you get your workout mojo back.
Do Something Different
One of the main reasons people lose their mojo is because they become bored with their workouts. That’s why it is recommended you switch up your workout every 6-8 weeks.
If you lift weights all the time consider switching things up by taking a crossfit class once a week. The great thing about crossfit is the group setting.
You will be surrounded by other like minded individuals who can serve as your motivation. As they push themselves it will only be natural that you in turn push yourself.
If crossfit isn’t your thing try mastering a new lift. Anything new and challenging will help get you out of a rut and find your mojo again.
Get Clear About Your Goals
It may sound simple, but having clear goals can always serve as motivation when you feel like there is no reason to keep going.
And funny enough, most people have no idea what their goals are. They have no idea why they are going to the gym everyday and working so hard. They just do it because its what they’ve always done.
If you want to reignite your passion for hitting the gym, get specific about your goals. What is it that you want to accomplish? Do you want to improve your bench? Bring up your lats? Whatever it is get clear about it.
When setting your goals make sure they are attainable in the amount of time you have for that goal. Setting unrealistic goals, goals that cannot be realistically reached within the timeframe you have given yourself, will only lead to you losing your mojo and quitting.
While you do want to have a larger long term goal, you also want to have short term goals that you reach on a daily or weekly basis.
For your daily and weekly goals focus on going to the gym a certain amount of times or doing cardio 30 minutes a day. Avoid making the short term goals about the pounds.
Take Daily Photos
Most people spend so much time focusing on how far they have to go that they don’t realize how far they’ve come.
That’s why we recommend taking daily progress pictures. Every morning when you wake up take a picture of yourself. You would be surprised how much your body changes over the course of a few days.
Looking back at these pictures will help you get your mojo back when you feel like throwing in the towel. When you see how much progress you’ve made you will want to get back at it as soon as possible.
Create a Plan
What good is having a goal if you don’t have a plan to help you reach it? Every week you should take the time to plan out your workout schedule.
What days will you workout on and what body parts will you work? Knowing when you will workout and what workouts you will do will prevent you from wasting time in the gym.
You should also make it a point to plan out your meals for the week. Knowing what you will eat makes it less likely you will stop by your favorite fast food joint on the way home from the gym.
Put your workouts on your calendar just like you would all other important appointments.
It takes a great deal of discipline and sacrifice to truly transform your body. And no matter how much progress you are making, at some point you will get tired of your program.
One great way to keep your mojo flowing is to reward yourself when you reach certain milestones. You would be surprised how doing something nice for yourself after a week of all out effort can make you feel.
Even if you don’t reach the goal you set for yourself, you can still reward yourself for being consistent and not giving up.
You can reward yourself for gym goals as well as diet goals. If you eat clean for 7 days in a row, go ahead and have a cheat meal.
Notice we said cheat meal. When rewarding yourself with food be careful not to overdo it. If you cheat an entire day you may put yourself back by a few days.
So while we want you to enjoy yourself, we also want to make sure you don’t completely ruin your results from the previous week.