Everyone goes through periods of low motivation to hit the gym. This is an especially common problem among new gym-goers, but it also affects seasoned bodybuilders. If you are feeling a lack of motivation, there are a few things you can do to help turn things around.
1. Remember why you are in the gym in the first place
Everyone visits the gym for a reason. It can be to reach certain goals, to become more attractive or simply because it makes you feel good. Whenever you have problems with gym motivation, remind yourself why you put in all this work.
If you’ve been going to the gym long enough to see visible progress, remind yourself that the reason you have made this progress is because of all the long hours you’ve put in at the gym. Getting an aesthetic body requires great work and sacrifice. These are things that the average Joe doesn’t like to do. Hard work and sacrifice are the reasons why you don’t have the average Joe Six-pack body.
If you haven’t yet been going to the gym long enough to see visible results, just stop and think about your goals again. The sooner you get into the habit of visiting the gym regularly, the faster you will reach those goals. Also take heart in the fact that eventually going to the gym will no longer require motivation every day.
Eventually, going to the gym becomes a part of your daily habit. In fact, going to the gym may very well become the best part of your day. Just force yourself to get through the first few difficult months and I promise that you will come to love going to the gym. Trust me – I used to hate cardio with a passion but now I love it. The human body and mind have amazing powers of adaptation. You can train yourself to adapt to anything.
2. Get your diet in check
Your diet can have a major impact on how motivated you are to hit the gym. There are at least two reasons this is so. First of all, the foods you eat dictate the level of energy you have throughout the day. Make sure that you’re getting all the protein, carbs and fats that your body needs. If you’re cutting out every gram of fat from your diet, for example, you are going to have some serious mood problems.
Secondly, having your diet under control leads to a sense of accomplishment. If you know you are doing a good job on your diet, you will have more motivation to continue that good work in the gym. If you know your diet is counterproductive to your goals, you may feel that it is pointless to hit the gym. Get that diet in check.
3. Make sure you are not overtraining
Looking back over time, I can see that many times my own lack of motivation was caused by overtraining at the gym. If I worked out too many days in a row without taking proper rest days or getting enough sleep, I would start to have serious motivation problems in the gym.
Think back to the last time you took a week off from the gym. I’d be willing to bet that when you returned, you felt like a gorilla. The reason that happens is because your body is fully rested and ready to lift heavy again. Overtraining does not only affect you physically, but it also affects your mental status.
If you’re feeling unmotivated to hit the gym, take a look at your recent workout schedule and make sure you are not overtraining. Make sure you are not working out for too many days in a row. Everyone should take a couple days off from training every week. This becomes ever more important as you grow older.
4. Update your songs list
Sometimes all I have to do to get motivated is clean out my MP3 player and add a bunch of new songs. Go look up your favorite songs on Youtube and then use the recommended results bar on the right side of the page to find more songs that you might not know about. An updated songs list will help keep your mind occupied as you sweat and bleed at the gym.
5. Lack of motivation due to lack of progress
Are you having a lack of motivation due to a lack of progress? There are a couple of things you can do to remedy this. First of all, make sure your goals are realistic. You’re not going to have a six pack a week after starting training. Seeing visible results takes time.
If you have been working out for a while and still aren’t seeing results, it’s time to change something up in your routine or diet. Do a little research and make sure that your diet serves a specific purpose. Make sure your diet is in line with your training goals. The same things goes for your training in the gym. Make sure you aren’t doing too much/too little cardio, that your weights program makes sense and that you are taking appropriate rest days.
6. Just get in there and do it
Sometimes you just have to kick yourself in the ass and get to work even when you don’t feel like it. The ability to work hard despite not wanting to is what separates you from the average schmuck in the world. If you can grind through the bad days and put in the effort, you will be rewarded with a harder body and a harder mind.