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Powerful Mental Strategies to Keep You Motivated Throughout Your Weight Training

Updated on January 9, 2018

Many men train with weights, yet few achieve the results and success enjoyed by a handful of greats such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bertil Fox, Serge Nubret, Franco Columbo, Gary Strydom, Ronnie Coleman, Lee Haney or Frank Zane. What separates these champions from the thousands of other aspirants who spend hours sweating away in the gym? Is it a weight training technique, a diet plan, or simply dogged dedication that allows these men to achieve so much? Well, many men train as hard and with as much dedication as these great names, but not all become a Mr. Universe. Today you will learn about one of the most important factors that can take you to the peak of your weight training abilities: the mind.

The mind is the most powerful weapon possessed by a human being. It has allowed our race to evolve and develop over millennia. History is witness to the fact that no obstacle is too large to overcome, when the full power of the human mind is applied to it. Think about the benefits you can reap if you apply the power of the mind to your weight training routine. These powerful mental strategies will not only keep you motivated but also help you achieve gains like never before. Read on to find out how you can take your weight training routine to the next dimension.


Visualization is regularly used by almost all professional sports persons. This powerful technique separates the winners from the losers and will allow you to glean the maximum benefits from weight training. All you have to do is think about the exercise you are going to perform and visualize yourself doing it. This can be done before you go to sleep or before coming to the gym. You can even use these techniques between sets to maximize your weight training. Suppose you are going to perform a bicep curl. Close your eyes and visualize yourself picking up the dumbbell (or barbell). Feel the strain as you slowly lift up the weight and raise it towards your biceps. Visualization not only helps you to lift more, it also helps to improve your weight training technique and identify any mistakes that you may be making.

Love your workout

Every person has a certain activity that he or she loves. It could be a visit to the ballpark, playing a video game, or even eating. When you love doing something, you look forward to performing that activity. You constantly think about it and the sense of pleasure that you derive from performing it sends you on a high. Make weight training that activity that you love to perform. Look forward to going to your gym, slipping into your workout gear and going hand to hand with cold, hard iron. When you come to love your weight training sessions you will never feel lazy about going to the gym and never let other things take precedence over your weight training.

Zen in the gym

Zen is an ancient Japanese technique that involves performing your chosen activity with full concentration. No, you don’t need to don Buddhist robes and perform arcane rituals to bring Zen to your weight training session. All you have to do is focus completely on your weight training when you are in the gym. Let the gym become your sanctuary where you can let go of all the extraneous thoughts that flit through the mind constantly. Put away those to-do lists and mental notes. Concentrate on weight training, and weight training alone when you are in the gym. Not only will you maximize your workout, but you will also feel de-stressed and at peace.

Set your goals

Most people who start a weight training program do it with the vague sort of idea that they want to get fit, lose fat and build muscle. Well, when your goals are vague, the results are pretty much the same. Instead, you should set specific goals, whether it is in terms of gaining or losing some inches, lifting more weights or performing more repetitions. Set your weight training goals, write them down, and review them constantly to see if you are achieving them. Once you have achieved your weight training goals, set some more. This process of setting and achieving your goals will not only help you follow a well defined and disciplined approach to weight training but will also give you a deep sense of fulfillment when you achieve the goals that you have set.

Make it a matter of life or death

Here’s a very powerful technique that will help you to perform that crucial extra weight training rep when your body thinks it isn't capable of taking anymore punishment. The next time you are in such a situation, imagine that it is a matter of life or death. It could be your life, the life of a loved one, the fate of the world, or whatever works for you. Psyche yourself up so that you believe that not performing that seemingly impossible last rep will result in disastrous consequences.


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