The hardest part of training is getting to the gym.

I have received a lot of emails lately with people asking me to help them with things like finding the motivation to start training again, how to start from the beginning, how to stick to a diet, etc. I think that people who have a hard time sticking to training feel as though those that work out on a consistent basis have some sort of super power that keeps them motivated that they don’t have. Nothing can be farther from the truth. I can’t talk for everyone who has made training a priority in their lives, I can only share my opinions and my experiences with training.
I have been training consistently for 22 years. My motivation to train has always come from the fact that I want to be the best basketball player that I can be. I have always been extremely competitive, especially when it comes to basketball. I hate to lose. I take losing as a personal failure on my part, especially in my preparation. This personal disappointment is a feeling that I want to avoid at all cost, and thus is my motivation to train hard. I am also the type that has to give my absolute best when I train, so when I know what I am capable of, I have to at least train at that level or try and set the bar higher. That’s why my lifting sessions are always hard. I never lift less weight than I know I am capable of.
Even though I have been able to train consistently for years, it’s still not easy for me. There are days that I simply don’t feel like training. There are days where I just want to stay at home and be lazy, especially if I have worked all day. Over all these years of training, I have realized that the hardest part of training is just getting to the gym. Once I am there, the working out part is actually fun.
So how can you get yourself to the gym? Here are a few keys that I think can help:

1. Schedule your workout when you know you are most likely to do it. Don’t schedule to workout if you are always dead after work, or have to be at home with your family. Then maybe you need to schedule your workout in the morning before work. Don’t schedule it in the morning if you know you aren’t likely to get up. Then you need to make time at lunch or after work.

2. Find a workout partner. If you find someone to go to the gym with, you two can push each other and give each other support when the laziness sets in. Keep each other on track.

3. Set specific goals. Start by setting a goal that is definitely reachable in 4-5 weeks with consistent training. Write that goal down, and hang it in the house in a few different places. That way you will be reminded of these goals, and that should help a bit with motivation.

4. Don’t start too hard too fast! If you kill yourself in the first few workouts, you will have a negative association with training and will be less likely to go. The workouts should be challenging, but you should feel good about what you accomplished after, and not puking your guts out in the bathroom.

5. Start with training that you enjoy doing. The hardest part of starting to train is the first month. You will be extremely sore, and will be working towards making training a habit. By doing training that you find fun and enjoyable, it will be easier for you to make training a priority in your life. When training has become a habit, then other types of training that maybe you don’t think is that much fun but is beneficial can be added.

I can’t express how important training is. It is the only way to keep your body young. It helps not only in reducing the aging process, but it helps tremendously in reducing the risk in getting just about every type of disease there is. If you value life at all, then training should be a priority. My motivation has been basketball, but as I get older, it’s become more and more apparent how important training is to keep me young and healthy. I won’t play basketball for the rest of my life, but I will continue to train. It’s the most important thing that I can ever do for myself.

I hope that these few tips can help you make training an important part in your life. Contact me at absolutefitness@live.se if you would like help through personal training or an online training program!

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