Sometimes we find ourselves losing our way in the gym; we start to lose focus, which ruins the entire session. Doing this too often makes us discourage, making us feel like a hamster on a wheel. Whenever a person loses their way in fitness or life in general they tend to fall for anything. That being said, people are susceptible to fall into the pills, potions, and gadget trend once they lose focus. There are some supplements and equipment that work, but once you fall into this trend you give up easily, due to lack of patience. Before you know it, you’ll have a garage full of “as seen on TV” workout equipment and videos you only tried once. Sometimes it’s the little things we don’t pay attention to that’s really slowing us down and eventually knocking us track.
It’s not often that you see people with a pen and paper taking notes; so how will you know if you’re improving? You can try to remember what you did your last workout session, but with all that’s going on in your life can you? Can you really remember ever move you did along with the weight, distances, resistances, etc.? It goes beyond numbers, but notes as well; was the weight to heavy? Did the resistance interfere with your form (form is everything)? This is something you need to know in order to get results otherwise you’ll feel like you’re wasting your time at the gym and to be honest, you are. This is one of the reasons why you have good workout session one minute and an ok workout session the next. Take notes instead of posting selfies on Instagram (we get it you’re in the gym) that can wait until the end.
Comparing yourself to others
It’s normal to see someone with a body that you want to achieve one day, but when you start beating yourself up over it, you may get a little discourage. This happens not only in the gym, but in our everyday lives; how many times have you seen someone at the gas station or the grocery store with your desired body? Keep in mind that person either worked their butt off to get to that point, or have good genetics. Either way, don’t beat yourself up, instead become more efficient and focus on reaching your goals. The worst thing you can do is try speed up the process, by lifting more than you can handle. Work at your own pace and remember that your only competition is yourself. Another thing you’re going to notice is that the more you work-out the more you become comfortable with your body.
Avoiding negative people
This is one of things that can really disturb your entire fitness journey; people seem to have a lot negative things to say about those looking to improve their life. Fitness is exempt; people will tell that you’re wasting your time, or give you half-baked ideas that they themselves haven’t even tried. In some cases, these people are very close to you; so close that they even have the same last name as you (hint). Sure, you could avoid them, but truth is at some point you will have to deal with them. To be honest people tend to be sensitive to overweight people, but when it comes to people trying to gain weight, there is no mercy. It’s body shaming to make fun of an overweight person, but it ok to make fun of a slim person? The best way to do it is to ignore them while at the say time showing them you not gone stop working out.
Switch it up
I’ll be the first to admit, there are some days where I don’t want to hit the gym, but I can’t see results by lying in bed. One way to really see results is to switch it up every once in a while. This allows you to hit the desired muscle at different angle. This allow you to see results much faster than just doing the same old routine over and over again (at some point you’re going to peak). You can take a basic, but very effective move like the push-up which has a large selection of pushups to choose from to take your upper body and even you lower body (in some cases) to the next level. Also, if you have a gym membership, try different machines and test your limits there.