5 ways to get psyched up for a workout

20 April 2017 by
First published: 11 June 2016

PT Luke Teuma shares 5 ways to get psyched up for a workout. As having effective sessions isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be. Lack of motivation, boredom and everyday life can all play a part in making us skip the gym, or not give one hundred per cent, but being pro-active, mentally positive and focussed can really help make each and every session super effective, to allow you to make progress, week in week out.

Here are my top 5 ways to get psyched for a workout

1. Plan ahead

Ever found you’ve got to the gym and had no idea where to start? You’re not the only one! This is when having a plan comes in handy. It’s never good to start a workout with uncertainty of what you’re doing. With a plan – it could be which body part you’re focussing on or even which machines you’ll use – you will have some structure before you’ve even reached the gym, so you already have an idea of where you’re going and what you’re going to do next.

2. Set regular goals

Even if you have a plan for your gym session, how will you stay motivated for the whole week or month? By setting goals! If you are aiming to lose 1kg by next month, you’re always working towards something, so every time you feel like taking it easy, or even staying at home, you’ll know you have goals to achieve. And we all know that sitting at home watching Eastenders isn’t going to help you reach them. Even having goals outside of the gym regarding food, activity level or how much water you drink will all positively influence your whole day.

3. Have a wicked playlist

I’ve always found that music really keeps clients (and myself) focussed and motivated. It will pump you up and keep you pushing both your mind and body when the workout gets tough. Spotify is always a good place to get readymade playlists, so you can make them varied and also save yourself the time of compiling new ones!

4. Have aspirations

Whether you think it’s a realistic aim or not, it’s a good idea to visualise how you’d like to make yourself look. Looking at a picture of your favourite physiques will always help to motivate you before you head in to the gym.

5. Remember why you’re training!

This is my most powerful tip. Think back to why you initially started training, whether this was to be fitter, slimmer, healthier, happier, or because you’re prepping for a big event – like a run or triathlon. The reason why you started training is always a huge motivator. It makes you realise how important each and every workout is to help you achieve your goal.

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