1. Create a training playlist. Ever heard the phrase‘Music is the food of love’? It’s wrong: music is the fuel of working out. Workout playlists are a powerful tool in the fight for gym motivation. As well as blocking out the distractions of a busy gym, listening to your favorite songs will help you to keep up a constant workout rhythm.
2. Find a training partner with similar goals. Working out with a training partner can make the gym a more enjoyable place. As well as adding a dynamic of competition and fun, training partners can inspire you with their own progress and dedication.
3. Hook-up with a personal trainer. Personal training sessions help you get the most out of your workouts. They bring professional, expert experience to your gym sessions, and can push you to greater heights of fitness success. If you’re working out in one of our Dallas, Texas-based gyms, talk to one of our professional personal trainers!
4. Plan for Personal Best sessions. Once a month, set aside a workout for beating one of your previous gym records. Whether you’re trying to beat your sit-up record, your best 1-mile rowing time, or just trying to jog for a few minutes more than last session, hitting new PBs creates a real sense of accomplishment and progress.
5. Try shorter, harder sessions. If you’re bored of long, drawn-out gym sessions, try a shorter workout. Training routines like High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) allow you to burn huge amounts of calories, and boost your cardiovascular fitness, all within 20-minute workout sessions.
6. Buy a pre-workout supplement. Pre-workout supplements are designed to boost your energy levels, and keep you focused on your session. Look for products that contain caffeine, creatine and beta-alanine – all ingredients proven to boost strength and cardiovascular performance.
7. Weigh yourself once a week. It can be tempting to weigh yourself after every workout – but this can actually reduce your motivation. Weight can vary hugely from day-to-day, so limit yourself to weekly weigh-ins. If you miss a target weight, use it as motivation for next week’s weigh-in.
8. Stay engaged with varied workout routines. With thousands of exercises, routines and workouts around, there’s no excuse for getting bored with your routine. Mix it up with HIIT, circuit training and weights sessions. Stuck for ideas? Get some personal training advice!
9. Buy some decent gym equipment. If you plan on spending time at the gym, it’s worth feeling confident in your choice of workout clothing. Invest a little in workout gear, and feel confident every time you set foot in the gym.
10. Get involved in workout classes. Workout classescombine the benefits of personal training and workout partners. They allow you train in a structured, effective way, with a ton of likeminded and dedicated people. With dozens of classes available, it’s easier than ever to find a workout class that will inspire you into your best ever shape. Remember our large group classes are free for summer!!!
11. Bookmark some motivational videos. Youtube is an invaluable resource for inspiration and motivation. Athletes, fitness professionals and every-day Joes and Janes regularly post workout videos to the site, allowing you to watch and learn from the most inspiring people around.
12. Take progress pictures. Nothing is more motivating than looking back at your old physique, and realizing how far you’ve come. Take occasional progress pictures, and stash them away for a month or two. The next time you’re lacking workout motivation, dig them out and remind yourself of your progress.
13. Get high-tech with fitness apps. Fitness apps are the perfect workout accompaniment. By tracking your diet, workout goals, calories burned and progress made, you can take complete control of your gym sessions.
14. Find cardio exercises that you enjoy. Some exercises are more enjoyable than others. If you hate jogging on a treadmill, try out a static bike, rowing machine, hand-bike or step machine. Find an exercise that you enjoy, and don’t be afraid to try out a few different exercises.
15. Don’t be afraid of a day off. Rest days won’t harm your progress. Occasional breaks are essential for physical and psychological recovery, allowing body and mind to rest and prepare for future workouts. If you need a day off, don’t be afraid to take it.
If you’re struggling with workout motivation, talk to one of the personal trainers in our 5 Dallas gyms. They can help you to develop new workout routines, and offer expert advice on the best ways to stay motivated!
Much Love, Trophy Trainers