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"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." –Socrates

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3 Easy Ways to Keep You Motivated:

I know that there are days that you just don’t feel like going to the gym, but those are the days when you need to do it the most. I find that when I have had a stressful day or just a mentally exhausting day, I want to go home, have a cocktail, prop up my feet and forget about what ever has made my day so annoying. But then I start to think about my meet coming up in April. Then I quickly start to see myself on the platform getting ready to pull a 600# deadlift and I know that if I go home, I reduce my chances of accomplishing that goal significantly. That is more than enough to get my butt up and get me to the gym. The key here is what motivates you to get up and get to the gym? Hear are three ways to help you keep your focus and accomplish your goals in the gym.


The first is exactly that, SET A GOAL. This does not have to be something as awesome as a 500# squat, but it can be a 225# squat for 5 reps or even 10 reps. Find something that you are not able to do right now and start working toward it. Be reasonable in setting your goal. If you currently bench 135#, do not set a bench press goal of 405#.


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Try 185# first. Dave Tate said” everybody wants to quickest way to an 800# squat, but before you squat 800#, you have to squat 300# and 400# and 500#”. I am sure you understand what I getting at here, set your goals in small, achievable amounts.

The second way to help you keep motivated is use a visual aid. I was talking with one of my clients the other day and I asked her what was her goal for the summer and she said she saw a swimsuit she wants to wear this summer. I told her to get a picture of it and put it everywhere she felt like she needed motivation. Put it on the visor in your car, on the refrigerator door, in the bathroom, or in your gym bag. Do whatever it takes to keep your mind focused and you heading in the direction of what you want! If you want to get back into a pair of jeans you can no longer wear, hang them up in your room so you have to see them every time you walk in or out. The main thing here is to have that image constantly hitting you in the face!

The third and probably my favorite way to stay motivated is to use a TRAINER! The reality of life is you need a professional to show how to maximize your time in the gym, as with any other field of specialization. You want your hair cut; you go to a hair stylist or a barber. You want financial advice, you got a financial advisor. Just because you worked out when you were in high school does not mean that you know the best way to lift when you are in your forty’s! I am not saying that you need to train with a trainer 5 days a week, but 2-3 days is a good start. Many trainers, myself included, offer programs that schedule your workout’s so when you get to the gym, you already know what muscles you are training that day and what exercises you will using to train the muscle groups. The most important thing to remember is, when you don’t know what to do or you are not getting the results you want to see and you are losing your motivation, consult a trainer. Your results could be exponential!

I hope that you have found this article helpful if you find yourself lacking the motivation to get up and get moving. I know we all get bogged down in the difficulties of day to day life, but that is no reason to stop living. The gym is the best place I have found to reduce stress and help me keep things in perspective when everything in my life seemed to be making no sense at all. Hope these tips help you on your quest for a healthy lifestyle. And it is exactly that, a lifestyle. If you have any questions, feel free to email me at dan@ironjunkietraining.com. Just reference the article in question and I will be more than happy to get back to you!! Dan Foreman is a contract Personal Trainer at DCS Fitness.


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