Ask The Readers: How Do You Motivate Yourself to Hit The Gym?

Question by a StrongLifts Subscriber:

I need some help getting motivation to hit the gym and the weights.

I don’t know why but I haven’t been there for a week. I feel extremely weak but at the same time I have no desire to regain my strength. I meant to go yesterday but I got distracted.

If anything I’m thinking about going today, Thursday, and Saturday and then skipping my two day off just for this week and re-starting fully on the StrongLifts 5×5 program (as in correct days and what not) on Monday of next week…

I’m scared I’m going to keep getting weaker but at the same time I’m just not motivated to go to the gym.

I was starting to stall on my overhead. I went from pretty much bar squat to 165, Bench to 115, Row to 105, Deadlift 205, OHP 95, 10 dips each set and like 7 pullups each set.

Then prom came and I got lazy. Now I have no motivation to do anything.

Turning Pro. In The War of Art, Steven Pressfield writes the key to overcoming resistance is to become a Pro. A Pro shows up everytime and does what he has to do. Quote:

There’s no mystery to turning pro. It’s a decision brought about by an act of will. We make up our mind to view ourselves as pros and we do it. Simple as that.

What I Do. Today was one of those days. Slept bad, woke up tired and didn’t feel like training. I did what I always do: go to the gym & lift the weights. Don’t let your mind play tricks on you, strength is always there.

  • Set Goals. You Squat 165lbs. Put 200lbs as goal. Review your goals before going to the gym. Set new goals when you achieve them.
  • Just Go. Don’t rationalize. Put your gym clothes on, check which exercises you’ll do today, drive to the gym, lift the weights, done.
  • Deload. Lower the weight by up to 50% if you’ve hit a plateau. Add weight progressively until you’re back on track.
  • Eat. You need food for energy. Eat every 3 hours, eat proteins, veggies & fruits with each meal, eat carbs for energy, drink plenty of water, etc.