You're probably reading this because you want to get in shape. And you're probably tired of going to the gym week after week and not seeing results. You probably feel that all the effort that you're putting in is not worth it, and you're just not motivated anymore.
Lucky for you, motivation is something that you can control. But for this to happen, you'll need to know what exactly motivates and demotivates you—and apply that to your workouts. For example, you might lust for that hot body to impress the ladies and look good naked, but maybe the pain of exercise is just not motivating enough.
In this article, I'll tell you the secrets that will help you find your motivation and improve your workouts.
10 Workout Motivation Tips
1. Be Consistent
You might be wondering what has to do with motivation, but I'll explain. Consistency is the only way you will get results.
The only thing that counts is how much effort and consistency you put into your workouts. So, if you're going to the gym once a week and then giving up after 4-5 days, you're basically wasting your time. You should be going to the gym 3-to 5 times a week, and give your best at each of those workouts. This means that you will have to push yourself even on the days when you really don't feel like exercising.
Don't let laziness and lack of motivation win over you, because only consistency will motivate you to become better.
2. Set Specific Goals
Don't just set a goal to "get in shape" or "lose weight". Of course, you want to get in shape and lose weight, but you should be getting much more specific goals. For example, tell yourself that you want to be able to do 20 pushups in a row by the end of the summer. Or that you want to lose 10 pounds (or whatever amount) by the end of this month.
By telling yourself these exact numbers, you will know if you're progressing or not. You will also be motivated at every workout because you know that each one brings your closer to achieving your goal, which is always satisfying.
3. Work With Your Weaknesses
Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses. Maybe you love running, but lifting weights does nothing for you, or maybe lifting weights is your jam, but running is torture. Whatever the case, you should work with your weaknesses to motivate yourself.
If you have a hard time lifting weights or doing squats, try telling yourself that you will do 100 squats by the end of the month—and then give it all you've got at each workout until that goal is reached. Then increase the number and continue going as long as necessary.
By working with your weaknesses, you'll be able to overcome them and become better, both physically and mentally.
4. Join a Gym That Has Cool Classes
Maybe lifting weights bores you to death—in this case, joining a gym that has fun classes will motivate you more than one that only offers weightlifting. You can take some boxing lessons or join some Zumba classes.
There are many types of fun activities that you can join to make your workouts more interesting, but it all comes down to what you like doing.
If you don't feel comfortable in the gym, chances are high that you'll quit after two weeks even if the classes look cool on paper—and this is another reason why joining a gym with cooler classes will help motivate you.
5. Get Some Friends Out There
We all know how good it feels to train with our friends. You can push each other further and motivate each other through hard times. But besides training together, there's nothing better than sharing funny moments with somebody who's just as motivated as you are.
So ask somebody if they want to join your gym—it's even better if it's somebody you already know. Get motivated together and push each other further!
6. Sign Up For Races
A race is a great way to get motivated because you have a specific goal to reach. It can be anything from signing up for the next 5K in your city to running your first marathon ever.
The important thing is that you come up with an obstacle for yourself, so try to choose something challenging but realistic (you don't want to sign up for that marathon if it will take years of training before you're ready). And this doesn't mean that you should only sign up for races when you're grossly overweight; I believe everybody can benefit from racing, no matter what fitness level you're at right now.
7. Join a Competition
If you really want to step up your game, joining some sort of competition is the thing for you. It doesn't matter if it's only against yourself (like doing sprints until failure) or competing against other people; all that matters is that you will push yourself beyond what you thought was possible.
If there isn't already something like this around where you live, then start one! You can organize competitions among your friends and even make money off of it by charging entry fees—but make sure everybody has fun; otherwise, nobody will come back next time.
8. Set Short-Term Goals
While the ultimate goal is to reach your final physique or performance level, there must always be smaller steps along the way which lead up to the bigger goal, and these smaller goals must be reached one at a time.
If you want to set up long-term goals for yourself, I suggest that you divide them into short-term ones that are easier to accomplish. Every two weeks or so, look back on what you've done and pat yourself on the back—you deserve it because you're actually doing something!
9. Track Your Performance in Training
One way of measuring your performance during training is to keep track of your workouts, either with a training journal or something similar.
There are many advantages to writing down what you do—from being able to look back once in a while and see how far you've come to be able to plan your future workouts more efficiently.
You can use apps like Excel, Google Docs, or even your phone to keep track of all this information. Tracking what you do in the gym will help you become more consistent and motivated!
10. Have Fun With It!
The most important rule is to always have fun with your training, no matter what. I don't know how many times in my life I've heard somebody say, "I quit working out because it's too hard and boring." It is not meant to be hard and boring—it's meant to be fun, so do whatever it takes to make your workouts addicting without taking away from their effectiveness.
If you can manage that, there will no longer be any reason for you not to train. And when you're having fun while training, chances are very high that you'll never stop.
The Bottom Line
I believe that the above points are more than enough to help anybody reach their physique or performance goals, but unfortunately, many people just won't be able to do it because they either think they can't or don't want to put in the necessary effort. However, the real problem is that most people don't want it bad enough, and if you think you don't either, then ask yourself why.
What is the biggest obstacle holding you back from achieving your goal?
I believe that most people don't want it bad enough because there are much easier ways to spend their time, like watching TV, playing computer games or surfing the net. But if you really want to achieve your goal, then you will do whatever it takes to make it happen, no matter what!
And if you do that, there are no limits to what you can accomplish. You can create your own destiny—all it takes is effort, consistency, and time!