Here’s a great tip on getting motivated to work out from our CP friend, Ken Chin!
Are you like me? Do you wake up and try to justify that you should really just stay there in bed, under the covers in darkness, where nobody will know that you didn’t get your workout in? Do you need a big kick in the @$$ to get out the door to get your fitness on?
If you are, welcome to the club! If not, quit your judgment this very second!
I envy my best friend Matt. No matter how much sleep he does or doesn’t get, he’s up at the same time each morning doing his assigned workout. Here’s some food for thought: Matt missed only FOUR workouts last season during his Ironman training. And do you know what type of workouts he missed? They were the OPTIONAL strength training ones! The ones that weren’t any of the three disciplines of triathlon! I don’t even want to begin tallying in TrainingPeaks how many workouts I missed!
How does he do it?
I’ve picked his brain many times on this subject but I never get a clear answer other than, “I just do.” Now, isn’t that helpful?
So, being that he couldn’t provide me with an acceptable answer (aren’t I nice friend?), I’ve been left to find ways to get MYSELF motivated and get my workouts done.
Let’s start with the very first step: sign up for a race! That will help you establish purpose for your workouts and you’re not just doing a workout to “keep your base.” Yes, keeping your base is important when there is no race on the horizon, but many of us require a goal. So get that out of the way, first, and it’ll give you a more solid why as to the purpose of your workout.
Next, find a group to train with! Groups can give you peace of mind which comes from knowing that you’re suffering through the workout together. And of course, there’s the social aspect of meeting new people and sharing your progress with each other. It’s just nice knowing that you’re not alone on your journey!
Finally, what are you going to do on those days when you don’t have the group workout? Recruit buddies from the group! More than likely, you’ll link up with another athlete with similar strength in each discipline–it may even be the same person! Plan to link up with each of them to get the workout done together! Suddenly, you’re not alone! Cool, eh?
This is how I do it. Just be careful not to recruit buddies that will enable you to bag the workout, resulting in you both having beer and pizza instead! I’ve been there too! 😉
Now it’s your turn!
On those days when you don’t feel like it, how do you motivate yourself to work out?