If you’ve been hitting the gym for a while, it can be easy to slip into a “lull” and let effort begin to slip. This is one of the overlooked downfalls of making fitness a part of your regular routine. A great way to combat this is to be more present in your training.
What does this look like?
It looks like taking the time to pause (maybe once a week) and assess where you are in your fitness. Ask yourself questions like…
- What’s something I achieved recently? A new PR? Going down a size in jeans? Adding muscle mass?
- What’s something that’s easy that used to be hard? Pull-ups? Running 400 meters? Finishing a workout within the time cap?
- How am I doing mentally? Do I feel more focused? Am I sleeping better?
These are just some “benchmarks” that allow us to reflect and reassess what we want out of our fitness experience. After answering these questions, get a pen and paper out and write down some goals and intentions for the next week. Think about what you’ve written down before going to the gym. Better yet, keep this list in your car and read over it before stepping foot into the gym!
We firmly believe that the documented, analyzed life leads to richer, fuller experiences. Instead of going through the motions, take the time to think about where you are and where you who to be. Hitting the gym on a regular basis is great. But, being intentional — being present — can be a powerful mental and emotional tool. We challenge you to not only attend a few workouts a week, but try to be present when you’re here. Listen to your coaches as they cover points of performance. Pause and consider how to modify your movements to get the maximum benefit.
Making these small “mental tweaks” can be just as powerful as piling on extra plates to the barbell.