7 Ways to Get Motivated for the Gym

Please allow me to put you in a scenario that many of us have encountered. You wake up early for that morning gym session that you have been thinking about all week. You are extra tired, so you brew yourself a pot of black coffee and click the television on for some background sound. As you are packing up your gym bag, you hear something interesting on the news, so you grab your coffee and have a seat to see what is going on. Next thing you know, you have watched 3 hours of your favorite show and have zero desire to get to the gym.
We’ve all been there at some point. You lose all motivation to get up and go. But guess what…? All hope it not lost.
Here are 7 ways to help fight diminished motivation:

1. Stay off of your electronic devices before heading off to the gym

Television and cell phones and become a mental prison for many people. It is so easy to get lost in the feed scrolling addiction that is Facebook and Instagram. If you are going to the gym, focus on that. Instead of checking how crazy Stacy’s birthday night was, try and figure out what you are going to do at the gym.

2. Don’t waste time before heading out

If you are going to the gym, then go to the gym. Don’t lollygag around your house waiting for a later time. The odds are you will put it off until it is too late and make an excuse until tomorrow.

3. Turn some music with a good beat

One of the best ways to get amped up for a workout is to get your heart pumping prior to going out. I used to blast a little Andrew W.K. in my office before I hit the weights. Not only did my energy go up, but so did my desire to have a really hard work out.

4. Take some pre-workout

Pre-workout is a major stimulant. It is definitely not something you want to take if you are just sitting around the house. Now imagine you have no motivation to move, let alone workout. Take a serving of some Pre and now you have a 15-30 minute timer going off inside of you to get to the gym before a burst of energy goes through your system.  Did someone say niacin flush…? That being said, here is a word of pre-caution on this one: Pre-workout is not for everyone. If you have a weak heart it may be worth checking with your physician prior to ingesting this or any kind of supplement.

5. Find a friend to workout with

Going to the gym alone is hard for a lot of people, especially if they lack self-confidence. One of the best ways to fight diminished motivation is to bring a friend along with you. Not only will they give you someone to talk to, but they will also help to push you. You can even make it a weekly routine for even more motivation.

6. Hire a trainer

Trainers aren’t just there to help you get in shape. They are also there to help keep you accountable for showing up. If throwing the money down the drain that you put towards a trainer isn’t enough to get to show up, just think about what the trainer is going to have you do to make up for that missed session. Ever heard of a burpee…?

7. Look in the mirror

Sounds like a jerk thing to say, huh? But in all honesty, I have been there. I remember eating nothing but unhealthy foods and feeling horrible about myself. I also remember looking in the mirror one day and getting so pumped up because I wanted to change for myself. People can make you feel bad. Television can make you feel bad. Food can make you feel bad. Guess who has the power to make you feel good… You do. You are your biggest motivator. No matter what shape you are in, there is always the drive to push and to be a better you.


Remember what the gym is for… progress. Think of where you are and where you can be.

Lindsey Anderson