Not Motivated To Workout Anymore

Practical real world advice to help get back on track when you have no motivation to workout.

Are you lacking motivation and just can’t seem to drag yourself to the gym?

Maybe you used to workout in the past, but now it seems like a big chore to get your butt off the sofa…

If so you’re not alone, this is something that everyone goes through from time to time. No one, not even professional athletes, stay motivated to just go go go 100% of the time. We all go through ups and downs in our workout motivation.


Check out the video below to learn how to break out of your motivational slump…

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It’s Normal For Your Training To Go In Cycles…

Your workout progress will go through a natural cycle, similar to the seasons in nature. We’re not always going to be in the peak growing season of the summer months. There has to be that down time in the winter months to keep things in balance.

For example;
In the spring we’re gearing up and getting ready.
In the summer we’re full steam ahead and making progress.
In the fall we hit our peak and then things start to slow down.
Then in the winter we have some down time to rest up and prepare to start the cycle again.

So when you get into one of those workout motivation slumps, don’t beat yourself up over it. Just zoom out and look at the big picture and realize that everyone goes through similar phases in their own training.

This is the perfect time to scale back on the volume and intensity of your workouts and perform an easy workout routine. You’ll still go to the gym a few times per week and keep active, but you’re not going to force it, or stress yourself out over the workout. You’ll simply go through the motions and workout for the sake of working out.

During this time it’s ok to lift lighter and do easier exercises. Don’t worry about trying to set any personal records. Just go through the motions.

In the world of sports and athletics they will refer to this as a “De-load” training phase. The training focus is simply on active recovery. You’ll still remain physically active, but you won’t place excessive stress or demands on your body.

By purposely planning to do an easy workout it won’t seem as daunting or intimidating to go to the gym. If you are looking for a simple workout routine that you can perform during this time, check out my Beginners Total Body Workout.

What you’ll find is that after a few weeks of just going through the motions and enjoying yourself in the gym, you’ll naturally develop the desire to gradually push yourself a little more each time and train with progressive overload.

But the key is to just get the ball rolling. So if you haven’t been to the gym in a while. Make an appointment with yourself to just go and sign up for a month membership this week. Then commit to going to the gym every second day for an easy total body circuit routine. If you can just get yourself to do this much, the natural momentum will take care of the rest.


About The Author

leehayward

Lee Hayward is a former competitive bodybuilder and muscle building coach who has been online coaching people since 1997. His work has been featured in several international magazines such as: FLEX, Muscle Insider, Muscle Mag International, Testosterone, Ironmag, and Forbes. Lee's main focus right now is with helping men over 40 - who don't want to be fat anymore - lose the gut, build muscle, and get back in shape. If you're ready to "Start Again" for the last time and finally build a lean healthy body that you can be proud of, just e-mail Lee to discuss a realistic action plan that's right for you... lee@leehayward.com

3 Comments

  • Are you lacking motivation and just can’t seem to drag yourself to the gym? If so you’re not alone, this is something that everyone goes through from time to time. No one, not even professional athletes, stay motivated to just go go go 100% of the time. But the key to long term progress is knowing what to do when you hit a motivational slump.

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  • For me a visit to the grocery store, not even Walmart, displays the sight of men whose bellies stick out and hang over their pants is more than enough to terrify me to keep training.

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  • Brandon Strong

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    LOL you said it man. Not wanting to be mean but I must admit I get the same urge to run to the gym when I see those sights too.

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