There are things in life we all really don’t like doing.
Paying tax bills …
Going to the dentist …
Hanging up washing …
For me, none of these are jobs I really look forward to.
But something else I feel the same with (and this might surprise you,) is going to the gym.
Don’t get me wrong, I get a real kick out of training, and there’s no way I’d not train.
I think we’re lucky to be able to be in a position where we can train.
Where we have bodies that function well enough to allow us to hit the iron.
We have enough disposable income that some of it can go on a gym membership.
And we get the time to do it as well.
Still though, I can’t ever say I massively look forward to a gym session.
In fact, there are plenty of days I think about skipping it.
Whether that’s because I have so much work on, I’m stressed out, it’s too hot, or I simply can’t be bothered, the thought often crosses my mind.
In fact, for the past few months, my first lower body session of the week has been brutal.
It generally involves me doing numerous squat variations for an hour, followed by numerous
arm exercises for 45 minutes.
And almost without fail, 2-3 hours before I’m due to start, I think –
“I really didn’t have to do this.”
And it’s the same for a lot of people.
I’m not sure anyone truly enjoys training, and can’t wait for the start of every session.
(If you do, more power to you.)
We might like the results, the endorphin release and the fact we leave on a high, and subsequently look better naked, but counting down the seconds until a gym trip is a rare occurrence.
That said, we know we need to do it.
Whether it’s for body or for mind, training is an essential part of our lives.
So here are a few things I do when I’m just not in the mood to pump iron:
1. Think about how lucky I am
This reverts back to the time/ money/body thing.
There are so many people who aren’t fortunate enough to physically be able to have a gym membership (or own their own studio in my case), or to be active.
They’d love to be able to exercise.
We’re pretty privileged to be able to, so I like to think about that when I feel my ‘first world problems’ are hitting.
2. Do something fun
I have a programme.
It’s written by me.
I follow it 95% of the time.
But if I’m just not feeling it, I might tweak something around.
If it’s one of those brutal leg plus arm sessions for instance, I might decide
to just do the squat portion today, and tag the arms on another workout.
I may split my upper workout in 2, so I can get it done quicker and there’s less mental preparation needed.
I might just go in and bicep curl for 45 minutes.
Chances are, by the time I’m there, and halfway through, I actually just do the prescribed workout, but letting myself be flexible makes it so much easier to get in the gym in the first place.
3. See it as a job.
If you had a work meeting, you wouldn’t skip it.
If you had to pick the kids up from school, you wouldn’t leave little Tim and little Lucy waiting at
the gates for hours on end until you fancied heading out.
If you’d paid for a sports massage, a beauty treatment or a haircut, you wouldn’t just not turn up.
Getting there might feel like a chore, but because you’d booked it an (and likely written it down)
I see training as the same thing.
It’s an hour out of your day, (2 hours max including commuting and changing,) and that’s really
not a lot.
I’m not here to preach.
Far from it.
I’m the ‘fitness guy’ who said he doesn’t really look forward to his workouts.
But I do think training is important.
You don’t have to train every day, do any crazy routines, or ‘engage beastmode,’ (whatever the hell that even means,) but you do need some consistency.
You need dedication.
And you need to realise it’s okay to not particularly want to train, provided you go do it anyway.
That’s about it for now.