Why you shouldn't be searching for 'Motivation' to train.

Updated: Sep 22, 2021


"The odds of hitting your target go up dramatically when you aim at it.”

My number one priority as a coach is to identify what my clients ‘why’ is and their purpose behind training. Without a firm understanding of what has motivated a client to engage me for my personal training services, how am I supposed to get them from where they currently are, to where they need to be?

A question I often receive from clients, family and friends is…

“How do you stay so motivated with your training”

This question already tells me that this individual did not have a sustainable approach toward their previous training experience. When someone is attempting to get “motivated” it tells me one thing and one thing only. You are dependent on external and drastic circumstances to occur in your life for you to put in a sporadic effort toward your objectives.

For example, your partner breaks up with you, so you decide to put your efforts towards losing a bit of weight you may have gained during the relationship.

While it’s up for discussion whether the reaction to the scenario, do you think this individual is on this pursuit of weight loss for the right reasons? Could it however be more likely that due to the sudden catastrophe in this person’s life occurring they have become ‘motivated’.

Frequently I see this cycle repeat itself. The client comes to me empty handed with what fitness has offered them as everything previously has been driven by external factors and therefore there is no meaningful purpose behind their training.

Do you see where I am going with this?

Don’t let the consistency of your training be dictated by your levels of motivation. Motivation is fleeting and fluid, it will change depending on activities and roles that make up the 23 hours of your day when you’re not training.

The key to consistency with training is to find a sustainable approach that is both fulfilling and enjoyable; this way you’ll be able to turn up day after day even on the cold winter mornings and the evenings at the end of the week. By making training a lifestyle instead burden you set yourself up on a pathway for long term success.

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