Have you ever gone to the gym for about a week, felt great, fantasized about how shredded you’re going to get, then not go the very next week because you got “too busy”? We’ve all been there.
One of the most challenging things about going to the gym, is making the gym a habit.
You need to learn is how to motivate yourself in the gym and consistently keep going. Once you crack the code, going to the gym and getting ripped will become effortless and an essential part of your lifestyle.
If you are looking to crack that code, you’ve come to the right place. Throughout this article, I will be sharing 5 tips on how you can motivate yourself to consistently go to the gym and make sure you never get “too busy”.
1. Take Progress Pictures
I cannot stress enough how important taking progress pictures is for maintaining your motivation. A lot of people, myself included, will look in the mirror one day and think they look amazing but the next day they look in the mirror and they think they look awful.
This is NATURAL. Your body will not look the same on a daily basis. Depending on the time of day you look in the mirror, what you ate that day and even the temperature in the room you’re in can affect how your body appears.
This is why you can’t count on the mirror for positive feedback.
I recommend taking at least one progress picture per month. That way, whenever you are feeling down about yourself, you can look at last month’s picture and instantly feel great about the progress you’ve made.
You will be surprised, especially if you are new to working out, how much your body can change in a month without you really noticing. This is why progress pictures are CRUCIAL for staying motivated in the gym and keeping your consistency at a high level.
2. Surround Yourself with Like Minded People
A quote by Jim Rohn that I like to live by is, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with”.
Look around. Are the people you surround yourself with on a daily basis striving for the same goals you want to achieve? Do they push you to be better?
If not, you might have to find some new friends or at least meet people who are focused on the same goals you are trying to achieve. To be specific, find people that are grinding in the gym and staying consistent in bettering themselves physically and mentally.
If you don’t have any gym rats in your life, don’t worry. You can easily find some by going to your local gym, joining Facebook groups, contributing in workout forums, or simply email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to be your friend!
3. Find a Program that Fits Your Lifestyle
What I have found to hurt people the most and be a major obstacle in their fitness journey is thinking they have to commit to working out 6 days a week and stick to a strict diet.
THIS IS NOT THE CASE!
Especially when you are first starting out, just simply going to the gym and showing up is the biggest difference between someone who stays committed and someone who ends up quitting. Baby steps are key!!
You don’t have to kill yourself and spend 2 hours a day, 6 days a week in the gym to see results. Simply start by finding a program that works for you and follow it as best you can. Don’t discourage yourself by trying to commit to an advanced program off the rip.
TAKE YOUR TIME!
As you get in the habit of working out and going to the gym, that is when you start to implement a certain diet and utilize different workouts to achieve your goals.
4. Find a Gym Partner
Like I said in my previous article, ACCOUNTABILITY is key to achieving any goal inside or outside the gym and that is exactly what a gym partner can provide.
Along with being a companion and someone to work out with, a dedicated gym partner will call you out on your BS and make you challenge yourself to push your limits and do things you didn’t think were possible.
Say you’ve had a long day at work and the last thing you want to do is go to the gym and hit leg day. You text your gym partner, “hey I don’t think I’m gonna make it today, I’m tired af”. A good gym partner will look at this text, drive to your house, knock your door down and drag your butt to the gym.
Well, maybe not actually, but you get the point.
Having this in your life will only force you to push yourself and be better.
Along with accountability and companionship, a gym partner can also provide some competition and indirectly push you to challenge yourself in order to beat their recent PR.
5. Be REALISTIC
One of the biggest elements that turn people away from the gym and discourages them from even trying is unrealistic expectations.
In order to be happy with your progress and with yourself, you MUST be realistic and realize that obtaining the dream body you’ve always wanted will take TIME. Nothing worth having is ever easy. You have to stay consistent and disciplined in order to achieve your fitness goals along with any goal you have in life.
The picture on the right is me and this transformation took 10 months. Check out the “About Me” page and read about my story!
I see too many people go to the gym for 2 weeks, look in the mirror, feel like they’re going nowhere and then quit. Don’t be that guy.
Progress takes time and, trust me, if you stick it out it will be worth it!
In conclusion, if you want to obtain your dream body and stay motivated in the gym, please take progress pictures, get yourself in a positive environment, find a program that you enjoy, get a buddy to push your limits, and be realistic.
If you follow these 5 tips, chances are you will find success in the gym AND in life.
Achieving a physique that 99% people don’t have is hard for a reason. You have to do things that 99% of people don’t want to do, which is part of the fun.
Stay motivated, crush your workouts and make jaws drop. Good luck out there and keep grinding for that dream body!
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