Recently, I’ve had motivation issues, my wife has had motivation issues, some of our clients have had motivation issues. Motivation can be hard to come by, especially when things aren’t going the way you want. It’s hard to get up and train at 5 or 6 am. It’s hard to train after work, when it’s 95 degrees outside and you’ve had a rough day. It’s easy to stay home and sleep in. It’s easier to drive straight home, grab a drink and watch a television show on the couch. Life isn’t easy, adding a strict workout plan makes it harder. The workouts are hard, getting up is hard, having the energy every day to get yourself to the gym is hard. But that’s why you train. Because it’s hard, and you enjoy seeing just how far you can push yourself. It’s an awesome feeling lifting a weight that is the heaviest you have ever lifted in your life. It’s a good feeling to walk in and see a workout that just looks so brutal that for a split second you think about just going home. But you stay, you push through and you complete that workout.
Right now, I feel many of our athletes are struggling with motivation. Classes have been small, minus a few here and there. It’s even harder to get the energy to come to the gym when you know it’s going to be a small class and you may be suffering by yourself. What I have noticed is our biggest class right now, by far, is the OCR class. That’s because the Utah Spartan race is coming up in 2 weeks. They have a goal to complete that race to the best of their abilities, and that goal is coming up quick! Coming to the gym without a goal is just going through the motions. One of the first blogs we posted, talked about the difference between working out and training. I would highly recommend giving that and our blogs about goal setting a read. Changing your mindset is hard, you don’t go from being a home body who likes fast food to an avid gym goer with a healthy diet by just deciding one day you want to. You need to set goals, long term goals and short-term goals that lead you to the life and lifestyle you want. We as coaches at RFT cannot make them for you. We have goals for all of you as well. But we can’t make you come to the gym and lift the weights or work as hard as we want you to. Your goals will be the goals that drive you to do this. I would highly recommend you all have a serious sit down with yourself, especially if you’ve been lacking motivation, and ask yourself what it is you want. What do you hope to get out of your training? Part of our jobs as coaches is to help you with this. If you have a question about how to create a good goal, ask us. If you have a goal but aren’t quite sure how to get yourself there, ask us. You come to the gym for the workouts, the atmosphere and the coaching. We can’t help you if you’re not in the gym. Everyone will have times they struggle to get into the gym, even your coaches. Find out your goals, make new goals constantly, and ask for help if you need or want it. That’s what we’re here for.