Fitness Motivation Tips (That Actually Work)

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Struggling to find motivation to go to the gym and work on that dream body? I completely get it! It’s not always easy, but everything that is worth it won’t come easy. 

Gaining muscle, building your own business, or losing weight will never be easy or without setbacks.
But the ones who make it through the hard times will be the people on top and the ones who make the most out of life!

This post will be will definitely give you the motivation you need in order to get back to the gym!
These tips won’t be your regular tips like ‘belief in yourself’ which you should, but I believe more in things that will actually help you in the gym where you will notice progress. And that progress will give you the fitness motivation you are looking for.

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1. Lifting Straps

I bet you did not expect to see this, did you? As I mentioned in the beginning not all tips will be conventional motivational tips or quotes. 

Wrist bands have been proven to increase your big lifts!

Especially the deadlift. If you’re not able to increase your PR (personal record) then these babies will do the trick.

Another benefit of wrist straps is that they improve grip strength. Most people tend to have weak grip strength, which can affect their lifts, especially with the deadlift. Wearing these straps help improve your grip so that you can actually work out the target muscles of your exercises.

I bet you did not expect to see this, did you? As I mentioned in the beginning not all tips will be conventional motivational tips or quotes. 

Wrist bands have been proven to increase your big lifts!

Especially the deadlift. If you’re not able to increase your PR (personal record) then these babies will do the trick.

Another benefit of wrist straps is that they improve grip strength. Most people tend to have weak grip strength, which can affect their lifts, especially with the deadlift. Wearing these straps help improve your grip so that you can actually work out the target muscles of your exercises.

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2. Pre-Workout Drinks/Meals

Preparation is key! Being prepared means setting yourself up for success. 

If you’re drinking a pre-workout or eating your favorite pre-workout meal then I can guarantee you will be in the mood to go to the gym fast.

I’m a big fan of pre-workout drinks, although they might not be the most healthy thing to consume. They are proven to give you focus and stamina. A good pre-workout will get you through those last few tough reps and sets.

It’s also a mental thing when you’re at home looking for some workout motivation, or getting ready to go to the gym and know that this will give you the energy you need. Once you’ve taken that drink there is no turning back!

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3. Set Goals

Setting goals is extremely important. Going to the gym and just fooling around isn’t going to get you anywhere!

Whether you want to lose weight, gain weight, or hit a new PR. You need to have goals otherwise going to the gym will be a waste of time!

Set goals for the next couple of weeks or months. Don’t make your goals too complicated, you want to be confident enough that you can actually achieve them in the next couple of weeks or months. 

Example: in the upcoming month ‘I want to lose 4kgs’, or ‘I want to improve my bench press by 10kgs’.

Setting goals leads me to my next tip, monitoring your progress.

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4. Monitor Your Progress

Monitoring your progress is a constant reminder of the progress you’ve made. You can keep track of the weight you’ve lost, gained, or how much your lifts have increased. Seeing progress in your lifts is in my opinion the best fitness motivation you can possible get!

One of my favorite app to track my progress in the gym is the Gymbook app

GymBook, which is free for iOS, offers unlimited workouts, unlimited exercises, log notes, detailed workout analysis, and much more. (Unlock extra features for a fee.)  It comes with around 100 predefined workouts and a few sample workouts. 

Adding and adapting either is simple, and heat maps show you which parts of the body will hurt. It includes helpful graphs for exercises and body measurements.

Download the app for free!

5. Take progress pictures

Even small changes are improvements and can lead to big life changing actions, they can also give you that little push you might need to get excited about the gym and crush it!

When I was in the progress of losing 110lbs, I took progress pictures every few weeks. This helped me tremendously with staying focused, and dedicated.

Once you see your body change for the better you will be more motivated than ever, there is no stopping you!

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6. Change up your workout routine

Doing the same routine over and over again can get boring. That’s why you should change it up sometime. You can do this by changing up your exercises, or training different body parts on different days.

For example, instead of doing chest on Monday which everyone does, try doing legs on Monday. Legs are something not everyone loves training, and training them immediately on the first day of the week will give you a great feeling knowing you don’t have to train them anymore. 

This doesn’t have to be legs, it can be any body part that you don’t enjoy training! This trick will definitely give you some fitness motivation.

7. Reward Yourself

You can be proud of yourself when you’ve stuck to your diet or workout routine. Therefore it’s actually very good to reward yourself once in a while.

Rewarding yourself can mean anything you want it to mean. It can be a cheat meal or cheat day, if you don’t want to mess up your progress then check out the article I’ve made on ‘how to stay on track even with cheat meals’

‘Cheat meals’ can actually be very beneficial to your progress, see if you’ve been dieting hard the whole week then your body can use all the extra nutrients for that big cheat meal.  

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8. Watch Motivational Video's

When I’m in need for some fitness motivation, I can get super hyped when I’m watching a motivational video from my favorite bodybuilder, and I immediately want to go workout. Once you have the feeling of wanting to go then it’s very important to not start thinking or start watching other video’s, you need to immediately get up and start putting on your gym clothes, or make that pre-workout drink we discussed earlier.

9. Update Your Music Playlist

There is nothing that can get me more excited and pumped than listening to music. 

Although after a while you might get tired from that overplayed playlist. That’s why it’s a good idea to update your Spotify playlist for some extra fitness motivation.

Listening to your favorite artist or favorite type of music in the gym could be the one thing you need to rep out those last few reps or sets, or that dreadful cardio that has to be done!

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10. Train With a Friend

Having someone along the way to support you is key!

Having a friend with you in the gym that can spot you during your exercise is so beneficial. You will be able to lift a lot more than you might think!

If you want to set a new PR you’re always going to need a spotter, but not only for a PR, it’s also amazing for just extra energy and extra motivation throughout your session.

If you’re tired and he or she isn’t….No WAY you’re going to quit!

Let me know what tip has helped you out the most!

Vincent Sorel

Vincent Sorel

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