Has it ever happened to you? I know it has for me. I walk in the gym just “not feeling” it. I go through my routine, slowly moving from one workout to another. Getting in some good reps, and lifting heavy but just not pushing myself. Some days are like this, we just want to get in and get out of the gym but we don’t want to go an extra mile, or push ourselves beyond our limits.
If you’ve seen any of my videos or read past blogs, you know I talk a lot about routine and how it is the backbone of fitness because routine keeps you going when motivation fails, but routine too has its dangers, like when you function on autopilot in the gym.
When this happens it’s very important to not stay stuck here. I’m not saying you can’t have an off day because that’s just going to happen, but if you find it’s becoming the norm, something has to give.
I’ve been here like I said, and normally when I find myself plodding along at the gym I know I need to change so I’ll go and find some new exercises to do, or I’ll set a new goal for how much weight I want to lift on certain exercises by the end of the month. I’ll listen to podcasts, or videos from people far ahead of me to push myself, and lastly I’ll do things that I hate in the gym.
For instance I’ve taken up running. Now anyone who knows me knows I hate running. I wish I had my wife’s genes for running, that woman can take off and run for hours like it’s nothing. Me I’m dying 30 minutes in, but I’ve been making myself do it, and I feel better. I feel the challenge of it. Now granted after I’ve just lifted heavy and then have to get in the treadmill I hate it. But I love the feeling when I am done, drenched in sweat and done with the run.
So regardless of how far along you are whether you’ve been doing this for years or days, find new ways to stretch and push yourself, and remember. You’ve got this.