Retaining enthusiasm and motivation for sports is not the easiest thing. That is why most bodybuilders stop training – the cause of loss of motivation.
Spirit of competition
Remember the student years. Surely, at the senior courses there was someone who was getting lighter, the grades were better, and the girls curled around like crazy. Imagine that you are standing next to him, he is a little ahead, muscles are still bigger than you, but now you have every chance to wipe his nose. Use his image as a motivation, and you will succeed. If it was you who was the most popular undergraduate, then imagine that you are going to show the class to Arnie himself.
Do you have someone you hate to shiver? Is the boss, your ex-wife, the postman, or the honest traffic police officer who stopped you today for speeding? The time has come for this man to benefit you. Imagine that a loaded barbell or a heavy dumbbell is he, she or something that belongs to him (her), well, for example, a beloved dog. Squeeze the weight with all the power of hatred that you can.
Reward for success
If you really worked hard, the method of gingerbread has not been canceled. Reward yourself for your success with a new T-shirt or workout gloves. A new shaker, movie tickets, washing and polishing machines will also suit themselves as small gifts. We recommend to refrain from alcoholic drinks and from feasts in McDonalds.
Change the menu
Monotonous wholesome and healthy food is tiring. Enter a couple of new dishes in your usual diet. No, we do not mean to replace cottage cheese with cakes, but to eat steak instead of hateful chicken breasts is easy. By the way, look for recipes on the Internet, and chicken fillet can be cooked delicious.
Try new sports nutrition
Try a new taste of protein , for example, apple instead of bored chocolate, or vice versa. Treat yourself to protein bars. It is both tasty and healthy. Or use the old, proven Kachkovsky recipe: mix in a blender cottage cheese, egg whites, skim milk, add seasonal fruits or berries. Enjoy your meal!
Watch the movie. “Rocky” is a very motivating film, and five parts will be enough for a long time. Rate, what a great result led exhausting workout. And what an amazing form does Sly support in his years now. Want to look like this in 40 years? Go ahead and don’t forget to download the soundtrack to your mp3 player.
Set small goals
Formulate your goal. But without scope, for one or two workouts. Having formulated, it is worth making sure that it is quite real. Of course, “lose 10 kg in 3 days” sounds attractive, but unrealistic. But “I want to increase the strength” or even “see the cubes on the press by the summer” sounds more mundane. If, of course, you did not wish “cubes” at the end of May on the beer belly.
Listen to your favorite music
Choose the most optimistic and driving songs and listen to them during your workout. If your shopmates do not share your musical tastes, purchase an mp3 player and listen to Rammstein or Robbie Williams for your pleasure, no one will say a word to you. Meanwhile, the correct playlist is great, encouraging, distracting from fatigue.
Take a vacation
Every two months (8 weeks) you are entitled to a vacation. You can rest without training for a whole week from training. It is necessary to make a clarification: a week without cardio and without strength training. All you need is to rest morally and follow a diet. Indeed, rest helps to gain strength and start training with renewed enthusiasm.
Train for health
In fact, there is no other sport than bodybuilding, which would require from you so proper nutrition. So exercise, eat what is useful, and encourage yourself with the thought that if now I’m nothing, then in the top ten I will be generally hoo!
Contrary to spite
The motivation “is it weak?” Works great in bodybuilding. If someone doubts your ability to beat your own record of a week ago, let them boldly tell you about it in person! The ability to literally playfully squeeze the weight, which has recently seemed unbearable, increases significantly after such kind of subliminal exercises.
Listen to the inner voice
Learn the old and effective saying of the experienced: “Willpower plus character …” Continuation depends on the situation. Willpower is a very effective thing: you didn’t even know what your inner self is capable of.
Train with a partner
Firstly, it is more fun, secondly, there is someone to insure a heavy barbell and in time to cheer up “come on!” Well, in general, two mountains of muscles look more impressive than one.
Listen to the tips
Listen to the tips, share experiences, learn useful, remember the necessary information. Bodybuilders, in spite of their menacing appearance, are sociable people and love to discuss the latest news or know-how peeking at Kachkov’s forums.
Try to impress
You can repeat, like a mantra, thirty times a day that you train exclusively for yourself, but that bodybuilder who would not like admiring glances is bad. Therefore, impress: parents, your grandmother, beautiful girls, no matter whom, it is a great motivation not to give up the sport.
Use pictures to motivate
A huge field for fantasy! If you have already grown out of posters on the wall, then load into the phone and put on the screensaver cool photos: yourself under the winning light and in a successful pose, Ronnie Coleman, Terminator, or make a collage of all three.
Feel free to help.
Of course, you no longer consider yourself a novice, because it seems that you just came to the gym recently, but it’s still too early to record in good pitches. But a pleasant surprise: a newcomer asks for advice and wonders what is better: a simulator or free weight, how many repetitions it is better to perform to increase strength. Feel free to share your experience, it will give you more confidence and incentive.
Routine delays and plunges into depression. Change your daily routine from time to time, train in the morning instead of in the evening or vice versa. Do a press before training, but not after or vice versa. Do not forget about the holiday week (see p. 9)
Compare yourself with others
Nobody suggests looking at the barbell in all eyes, but imperceptible evaluating views will help to find someone you would like to equal. There is nothing shameful in this, healthy competition is a great thing.
Practice your own pleasure!
You should not, of course, come to the gym to drink protein, discuss the latest news, sluggishly pull dumbbells and take a shower. The pleasure of doing nothing, you certainly get. But it is much more pleasant and more efficient to enjoy the exhausting workout, after which you can squeeze a T-shirt, from dieting, because interested girlish looks on the beach will bring incomparable satisfaction!
The article provides only 20 ways to motivate yourself to do your own body. Look for your own methods and secrets, do not despair and do not stop half way! Good luck!