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I’d like to preface this list of quick tips with a note that it is perfectly normal to not enjoy training all of the time. Especially if you’ve been training quite a while, certainly after the first year. The novelty wears off, sometimes the gains slow down from what they once were, and sometimes other life stuff is just really hectic. Not being hyped to crush training is fine, but I strongly encourage you to show up regardless, even if all you do is warm up, have a blether then leave. That being said, here are some quick tips for when the mojo really isn’t there.
Just show up. I mentioned it before, but it really will help. If after warming up you’re still not vibing it, just have a chat and go home.
Try training at a different time. A lot of folk train in the morning because then it’s done, and you don’t have to peel yourself off your work chair and head to the gym prior to your evening plans.
Find a training partner, or get in contact with people who are just usually at the gym when you go, and get a group chat going. A lot of people enjoy the social aspect of the gym, and it can help to have other folks to encourage you if you’re not feeling it.
Try out a new approach to training. Sometimes training can get a bit stale, and especially if you’ve been training for something specific for quite a while, it can be a real boost to swap focus up a bit and do some training that you wouldn’t have done previously.
Try out some new equipment. If there are bits of kit you haven’t tried using in your current gym, get on it. You never know if it might be something you really enjoy! Swap machines, try that funky yoke, and play around with the sandbags.
Consider changing gyms. Sometimes the vibe at some places just isn’t your vibe, and that’s totally fine. If that’s the case it might be time to consider a change of scenery.
Talk to your coach/training partners. There’s no value in suffering in silence, talking about how you feel to your coach or training partners can help, even just hearing that they also at points really don’t vibe with training.
Watch something you find inspirational. The internet is rife with gym hype videos, or maybe watching your favourite sports personality is your thing. Whatever it is, if you try to rekindle some of your original inspiration for starting to train, that can help stoke the fire again when all you’ve got is some embers.
Hopefully, you found some of those tips helpful. If you’re struggling with motivation to train, or a lack of direction in achieving your fitness, health, or performance goals, perhaps try getting in touch with us and see what you think, maybe we could help you get where you want to be. @atsapproved on the socials.