Posted by on Apr 3, 2014

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You win half the battle. You show up to the gym but lately, your workouts are missing something. Do you find yourself struggling to get your training sessions going? Are you bored and just going through the motions of your workout?

That lack of something is motivation. What you need is to light a fire under your butt and ignite that ambition again. We just so happen to have five ways to put some oomph back into your training and get excited about hitting PRs, improving that body composition, and racking up those Fito points. Time to get your mojo back.

Set a New Challenge

It’s officially April. New Years Resolutions are behind us, whether you stuck to them or not. It could be time to reassess your goals and set new challenges.

First, ask yourself a few questions:

  • Did you achieve what you set out to at the beginning of the year?
  • If not, what were your barriers?
  • What’s next?
  • What do you really want to accomplish in the next 12 weeks?

You need to re-establish your focus on a new prize so that you can keep your eyes on it. Find a new challenge to go for in the next few months. It could be anything: a powerlifting meet, a 5K run, a fight in the ring, your summer physique

But whatever it is, the new challenge should stem from your deepest desires and have a deadline. Set some rewards to complete the challenge. Maybe even ask a friend to take it with you. Their support will come in handy when you need it most.

Get a Plan and a Coach (or Two)

“A goal without a plan is just a wish” – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Now that you have set your new challenges, create a plan of action to achieve them. Write down the details so that when you step in the gym, you can totally focus on the task at hand. If you are wandering aimlessly around, the answer is a training program. A concentrated game plan will allow you to get in and get out of the gym, without wasting any time. Exactly what you need in times like this.

Even the best coaches outsources their training regimines or diets. Since you now have a goal, why not find the best in that specific area to help you reach it?

Ryan started Muay Thai a few years back. He found a world champion to coach and corner him to a 3-1 record (2 TKOs).

If you want to lose fat, build muscle, and get shredded summer, we have the project just for you. Join our new 12-week Fitocracy coaching group that is designed to beat personal bests and make a visible transformation.

Rest or Take a Quest

Instead of going half-heartedly through your workouts, you may need a change of scenery or some time off altogether. A little time apart from your affair with the gym may be the answer. Taking a few days or an entire week off altogether always gets us fired up to return to our training. In this case, absence makes the heart (and muscles) grow fonder.

If you still feel the need to train, get out of your normal gym and try a new one. Maybe even a new workout type or class. Get outside and back to nature. Trade in underneath the bar for a hike above the clouds. The change in environment could be the spark you need to.

Carb Up To Level Up

Since summer season is fast approaching, you may think a low carb diet is the solution to shed those extra winter pounds. So you drop your carbohydrate intake to low levels and soon see your motivation and performance in the gym go there as well. Taking this dietary approach for too long in your quest for fat loss may be hindering your physique goals.

Time to refeed and carb up. Since you are training hard, some starchy carbohydrates may be the answer.

What day is it? Cheat day! Just ask the Rock.


The Rocky Effect

You’re gonna fly now. Tell us how can you not get psyched to train after watching Rocky Balboa run up the Philadelphia steps or train old school in Russia? Yeah, that sets our hearts on fire.

Let YouTube be that voice in your head to power you into and through your next workout. Without fail, motivational videos and quotes are a fool-proof method to add a little oomph to your training.

What are your favorites? Here’s one of ours:


Try one or a few of these tactics to get your mojo back and put some oomph into your workouts again. Have another way you get your motivation back in the gym, we want to hear it. Tell us on twitter: @sonsofstrength

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