So many people love working out, but all too often something happens and their commitment just vanishes into thin air… they either get an injury, get burnt out or fall down into the “just don’t have time anymore” ditch – they basically lose their passion and motivation.
Why does this happen in the first place and how can you get the drive back that you once had?
The most common reason people quit is because of burning out or completely losing focus of their goal. They either followed a training program that was too intense for their experience level, or they got ready for a competition and just overdid it with training, cardio or diet or whatever, and now even the thought of getting back makes them cringe. But little do they know that you don’t have to train yourself into the ground every time. You can actually train in a safe way, improve your weak points and get better and stronger overall, without the risk of injury and need to overtrain because it will only burn you out in the end.
Tips to start love working out again:
- Ask yourself why you quit in the first place and make a plan to work around it (devise a plan of action).
- Set a goal – The goal shouldn’t be too easy or too hard, but hard enough so that you push yourself and are almost scared. 🙂 The goal should be around 12 weeks with the focus on achieving something like getting visible abs, getting a 315 bench, losing weight for a health condition, fixing an injury or weak muscles with correct training, etc.
- Get a training program and meal plan that you enjoy and is tweaked for you specifically to get you to your goals.
- Get yourself in a routine – A routine will improve every aspect of your life and will help you get things done in a timely manner. It will enable you to get a head start on the rest of the world.
- Set a time to train – It’s best to train at a time of day when you feel most energetic and motivated. But if you lack motivation as a whole, force yourself to do it first thing in the morning. This way you will feel so much better about yourself after you get it done and it will get you into a good routine.
- Don’t go to failure – going to failure taps your energy for the rest of the day and for the days to come. Hence your muscle recovery will also be slower.
- Don’t lift too heavy all the time if it takes a bad toll on you. Alternating between light and heavier days can definitely be a good idea.
- Train your weak points to become better overall and improve physique satisfaction. There is nothing as bad as when you’re training hard for three months just to realize you’ve been doing it half wrong or end up with an injury.
- Add variation to your training so you don’t get bored out of your skin. This will also help to train weak points if done correctly and become strong overall. See my related article.
- Consistency is key – to see big changes and improvement you have to be patient and dedicated and results will come. And boy, does it feel good when they show! 🙂
- Surround yourself with a few like-minded people who are also serious about weight lifting or the activity you’re interested in. If they eat clean it will also help you not to have cheat meals with them… but if they don’t care, well then you’ll just have to up your game with self discipline.
- Have a specialist (like me :D) have a look at your training program and meal plan to see if it needs any tweaks for maximal efficiency. Most of the time it’s the small changes that make the most difference.
If you need some tweaking to your program or need a whole new program to start lifting again and reaching new heights, check out this page about the requirements or contact me right away.