Not every day at the gym is going to be good. Even veteran gym goers have days where they find they just don't want to go to the gym, for one reason or another. Even when you are at the gym, you might be sluggish, sore, weak, bored, and any combination of negative emotions that easily inhibit a workout. For beginners, negative emotions are compounded by the overwhelming feeling of being in a new environment they are entirely unfamiliar with.
I've had bad days too. On days when I go to the gym and feel absolutely fed up with the idea of having to drive out there, I try to make up for it by crushing my workout, either with getting a new PR (personal record) or successfully lifting heavy loads at high volumes within all of the goal repetitions I've had planned for myself. Even when my clients come to the gym feeling absolutely haggard, I always make sure they have a successful session, and there are a few ways I go about doing this.
These techniques I'm about to list originate from sport psychology; thus, these are not only applicable to athletes but applicable to the general population as well. I utilize them all the time, unbeknownst to my clients.
Haff, Gregory G., Triplett, Travis N. (2016). Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning. United States of America: Human Kinetics.
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The views expressed on this blog are entirely my own. Any advice I offer is not to be taken as medical advice. If you think you have contraindications to exercise, please see your physician before implementing any sample workout plans I present on this blog.
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