As you may know from following me on Instagram Stories, I try to work out 4-5 times a week. Finding motivation to stay on track is key. Besides my boyfriend encouraging me to go, there are a few things that I’ve found help motivate me to get to the gym. I wanted to share them with you since a lot of you have asked me this and hopefully it helps you find some new sources of motivation for whatever fitness journey you might be on. If you have any tips for me too, please leave them in the comments below! We can never have too much motivation, right?
When I have a “program” in place, I’m more likely to go to the gym. Having a program with clear goals set helps relieve the question of what to do once you get to the gym. I used to feel really overwhelmed and confused about working out. A program gives you purpose and direction. My advice? Come up with a program, a plan for what you’re going to be working on and working towards, for the entire month to come. I’ll share more in depth what mine is in another post, but for now I’ll tell you that it’s broken down like this: Two upper body days, two lower body days and twenty minutes of cardio every day.
YouTube is an amazing resource when it comes to fitness and workout tips. Wes has learned so much from YouTube and I’m lucky he shares the footnotes with me. I’ve found a few girls I really enjoy following. They not only share workout ideas, but also include helpful knowledge about things like the science behind what you’re doing, what cues to pay attention to help you lift weights properly, as well as what to eat. Some of my favorites are Stephanie Buttermore and Abby Pollock. Wes’s favorite is Mike Thurston and I really enjoy his videos too.
Trusting the Process
This might not be the best advice but it works for me. I found that I was getting overwhelmed at the thought of how much I’ll have to workout before I start seeing results. So I stopped thinking about it and that’s when I began saying, “Just go.” I don’t think too much about working out now. I just get there, get it done and I trust in the process. I know that no matter what, as long as I workout and try to achieve a caloric deficit every day, I will see and feel positive change from just doing that.
Pre-Workout is my savior. Anytime I feel like I’m too tired I know I can count on my pre-workout to help me get a good workout in. This is the pre-workout I take (Use the code TFB50 for 50% off). I like this particular brand because of the packing, it’s pre-portioned out for you (So no measuring) and super easy to take on-the-go. Pre-workout helps you focus better and train harder. I’ve never had a bad workout since taking a pre-workout. I take it 15 minutes before my workout, but I never take it after 5PM (To avoid a restless sleep that night).
Filed under weird things I think about at the gym – Sometimes I look around the gym and think… Wow, how cool is it that all of these people, from all different walks of life, care enough about themselves to make it to the gym. We all have a million things to do and probably a million excuses to skip a workout, but not us and not today. Today we chose to make it here. And I think that’s pretty special! Plus, as someone who works from home, it’s nice to get out and see some people and feel like you’re apart of something together.
On the other hand, I live for my time at the gym because it serves as my “me time.” My job is pretty much 24/7 and sometimes I feel like I’m never not working. When I get to the gym I try to tune all of that out. I stop thinking about anything work related, I stay off my phone, and I don’t check my emails in between sets. I just enjoy those two hours of, for lack of a better word, freedom.
Music is at the bottom of this list, but it should be at the top! A fun, upbeat playlist always helps set the mood for a good workout. See below for my gym playlist and apologies in advance for the Pitch Perfect songs on there. It’s my favorite movie. 🙂