What Motivates You?

What do you find truly motivating.

If you spend any time on Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - you have undoubtedly seen a million of these.

From square images with a quote, to the overused

'No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training...what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.

line from Socrates. I wonder if they actually ever motivate people?

I have never once seen something like this and thought 'Time to tear it up!' - it just doesn't happen. I think if it did light a fire, you would be lacking a fundamental attachment to your goal. It obviously doesn't resonate to you in a meaningful way if it can be influenced by something so hollow. It's fair to think, wow that makes a lot of sense - I can apply that to my approach. But to get 'motivated' by it - no.

If you struggle to get motivated, first step is reassess your goal to something that you really care about. If you aren't fussed or don't feel you will be successful - how will you ever see it through?

It's worth pointing out that even those that love training have days where they aren't motivated to hit the gym - sometimes without a clear reason why.

My typical routine on such occasions is to

- Get some form of caffeine in me. Either a pre workout or a double espresso. The energy boost often makes me want to expend it! This however, becomes less effective the more frequently its used. I would usually only resort to this method if I was particularly tired and low on energy (usually from a lack of sleep)

- Set Yourself a Challenge. I look at my log book. Knowing what needs to be done to progress often makes it hard for me to ignore the challenge I have set myself. More often than not, I train on my own and I'm pretty competitive, so the key drive is to beat myself from the previous week. Those who focus on themselves and being the best version of themselves stay far more motivated than those that try to look or beat somebody else.

- Listen to music. Whatever gets the blood pumping. For me, it makes it easier to close my mind to everything else and focus on the task at hand.

- Get in gym gear and go! The longer you hang about, the more time you have to make excuses. Whenever I take on a routine of morning cardio, I would leave my gym kit by my bed so that I could get changed as soon as I woke up. When you are stood in your running gear with a route infront of you- its hard to say no.

 Motivation doesn't always look like this!

Motivation doesn't always look like this!

I think its also important to realise that ‘your best’ will not always have the same output. Your day/week/month can have so many variables that its unreasonable to think that every session you will be in the mood or physicality to tear up a gym session the best you ever have. Sometimes all you need to do is get the job (whatever it may be) done. You might want to hit a personal best on a number of exercises, or you may just want to show up and make sure you don’t spend the day sitting on the sofa - both are equally valid. Some will scream, shout and headbutt barbells, others will be more quiet and subdued. Whatever works for you!