“Motivation…” Or Lack Thereof…
Originally this started off as just a Facebook post, with the intention of giving my training partners a shout-out for making fitness fun. But I thought, maybe there’s more to be said than I can express with some funny emoticons, and virtual high-five’s 😆 lol.
I’ve been feeling pretty off this week, and not feeling like I have a lot in the tank for workouts… I’ve been tempted to skip workouts, wanting to talk myself out of doing my rehab exercises, hell, even fantasizing about curling up on the couch to binge on some Netflix, and possibly some ice cream.
I think there’s a misconception that trainers always want to work out, eat healthy, and that we always feel motivated. But, we’re human too, we get tired, stressed, life and work ‘get in the way’, and sometimes we just have to grind it out too. Just like everyone else, sometimes it’s all about baby steps… packing our gym gear, getting our shoes on, and just showing up.
I think the magic that happens with CrossFit, and other group exercise programs, is that when you’re having one of these less-than-ideal days you have a built-in support network. It may be just that you’re meeting someone at class, or that you receive a kind word from a coach, or another member is cheering you on at the end of a workout.
I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have made it to CrossFit Dodge City’s Lifting Class last night without knowing that Sara K. and I had made plans to both go (#teamtallgirl!) I’m nearly positive that I wouldn’t have done that WOD with running in it this afternoon without Tanya doing it with me (and I actually enjoyed it?!) I know that eventually when I get bar muscle-up’s again, and I get my first ring muscle-up, all of those days that Ally and I worked on muscle-up progressions together will have paid off.
But mostly, I know that I wouldn’t even be able to train like this if it wasn’t for my main squeeze, the best training partner and friend a girl could ask for, supporting me day in and day out. Week after week he encourages me while I plod my way through my rehab for my back and tailbone, slowly making progress, slowly getting stronger and healthier again. When I have nasty flare-up’s and am feeling down, he’s the one there to pick me up, and get me back on my feet.
I’m so thankful to have people like this in my life, and for the communities that come to life in CrossFit gyms. CrossFit may not be for you, but this may be how you feel about your MMA gym, your Yoga studio, your Running club, your dance class, etc. You’ve found your tribe, you’ve found your people.
So next time you’re feeling like you’re really just not that into it, you don’t have the time, you’re too stressed, etc, remember that we all feel like that at times. Make plans to meet a friend at the gym or a Yoga class or to go for a hike in the forest, I promise you’ll feel better once you do!
The more time that I spend working in the fitness industry, the more I realize that the difference between those that reach their goals, and those that don’t, is consistency, not perfection. It’s putting in the work, and improving just a little bit every time.
Let us know in the comments what tips & tricks work for you to pump you up, and to get you motivated when you’re just not feeling it!
“Ability is what you’re capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz.