Looking to get started with your muscle building program but worried about falling off the bandwagon? If you’ve fallen off your program time and time again, it’s time to take a good look at what’s causing you to do so and what you might be able to do differently this time to stay the course.
Motivation does tend to come and go, even for the best of trainees, but if you work hard at it, you can ensure it’s on more than it’s off.
Get A Smart Training Buddy
First, consider getting a training buddy. Don’t ‘hire’ any training buddy though, you only want the best.
You should be looking to train with someone who is around the same fitness and skill level as you and is likewise working to be fully motivated.
If you workout with someone who isn’t all that motivated or driven in the first place, they could actually drag you down, hindering your progress.
You want to workout with someone who is ready to attack their program, just as you are.
Track Your Progress
Next, consider tracking your progress. This may involve using an exercise journal to write down your reps and sets every time you train so that you can constantly see how you are improving, or taking progress pictures once per week – or both.
By journaling how you are progressing, you can then look back over time and see how much your hard work is paying off. This can then motivate you to keep forging onward.
Change Your Program Regularly
One of the biggest reasons why many people fall off their program is simply due to boredom. If you want to escape this, you need to figure out a way around it.
Start changing your program around regularly. Add a new exercise in, try a different rep range, or use a different piece of equipment for a similar move. Try barbell curls rather than dumbbell curls for instance.
Small changes like this can go a long way towards keeping you mentally stimulated and help prevent that dreaded progress plateau as well.
Set Per-Session Goals
Finally, you might also want to consider setting some per-session goals. While it’s great to have that long-term goal that you are working towards, over time, you can lose sight of that ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ quite easily.
Instead, focus on setting some per session goals. By doing so, you give each and every workout a purpose, which will increase your chances of getting there on time as you should.
These mini goals should be something that is quite easy to obtain with just a little effort, but does mean you have to show up and work hard.
So there you have some of the biggest tips to help you stay on top of your motivation levels. If you use these, you should find that you aren’t straying from your program any longer and are ready to put in maximum effort.