Let's face it, staying motivated is not the easiest thing to do. That's why a lot of bodybuilders quit lifting, because they've lost their motivation. I have almost lost all of mine before, and almost stopped lifting, but I regained it and now I'm coming along just fine for my first year. I have motivation in everything I do, and a lot of reasons to stay motivated. In this article, I'm going to outline 20 ways for you too stay motivated. With all of that in mind, here they are.
Imagine Competing Against Your Rival!
Imagine you are neck and neck with a rival of yours as far as muscle mass goes. He's slightly ahead of you, and you're almost about to give up. Then, you want to get bigger than him so bad, you use that as your motivation. Imagine he's always bigger, so you will never give up.
Visualize The Weight As Something You Hate!
Use a person that you really hate as an example. Picture them as a barbell, dumbbell, etc. You want to get so strong, you want to punch they're lights out. The more mass you have, the harder you hit them. Picture it like that.
Reward Yourself For A Job Well Done
If you do really well and have an excellent workout, treat yourself to new lifting equipment. Treat yourself for doing well in the gym. You're so motivated to try those new pairs of gloves on, or to try out that new tank top.
Treat Yourself To A New Food
Treat yourself to a different food than your normal diet. No, I don't mean a candy bar or a soda, I mean if you have a steak, try chicken breasts with close to the same nutritional value.
Buy Yourself A New Supplement
Watch A Motivating Movie
Watch a movie like Rocky. It is a great way for motivation. He had to overcome a lot of obstacles in order to be as great as he was. He didn't like training, but he never quit.
Set Small Goals
Set a goal for yourself of something you want to accomplish. Make sure it's a reasonable goal though. Not something like "I want to gain 15 pounds in 3 days." Something like "Increase my lifts in one exercise per body part." If you want the goal bad enough, you will stay motivated.
Listen To Your Favorite Music!
Listen to your favorite music while lifting. Nothing can motivate you better than listening to your favorite tunes. Music has power to get your mind away from the fact that you're training intense.
Take A Recovery Week
Take a recovery week every 8 weeks. I mean no cardio, no lifting, nothing but your diet. A mental recovery week is important to maintain your level of concentration and wanting to lift harder.
Train For Your Health!
Train for your health. If you want to stay healthy enough, you will continue to train and eat healthy. There is not other sport I know of that eats healthier than bodybuilding.
Lift Because Someone Said You Can't Do It
Lift because someone said you can't do it. Ever heard somebody say that you can't get big and you'll always be a small fry? Use that to want to become big and show that guy next time that you can get big and not stay small forever.
Do It Out Of Free Will!
Do it out of your own free will. If you want to get big bad enough, you will have enough will inside of you to get big. If you believe that you can do it, you will do it.
Get A Training Partner
Get a training partner. Nothing better than having a buddy help you reach your goals with the help of his motivation. I love the sound of hearing a training partner saying you can do it.
Take Advice From People
Take advice from people. I get loads of bodybuilding information each day. It motivates me to keep going knowing that I have so much information. If I stopped, I wasted a lot of my life with useless information.
Try To Impress People!
Try to impress people. It doesn't matter who, your mom, dad, grandparents, a girl you like, etc. If you want to impress people bad enough, you will keep going with your bodybuilding lifestyle.
Use Pictures To Motivate!
Use pictures to motivate you. Compare different before and after pictures. You keep getting bigger than the previous picture. You want it so bad, every time you take a picture, you're getting bigger. Check out Bodybuilding.com's huge BodySpace fitboards and photo galleries!
Help Others Out!
Help others out. When people come up to me and ask for advice, that keeps me motivated because I know others look up to me. It is a great feeling to know there are people who admire you.
Change Your Workout Routine
Change your routine. I do after 8 weeks, then a recovery week. It will get boring doing the same routine day after day, week after week. Changing it up will keep you motivated instead of just doing the same old routine and just lifting to get it done.
Compare Yourself Against Other Bodybuilders
Compare yourself with other bodybuilders. Always try to find someone that's bigger than you, and say I want to be just like him. Once you're bigger than him, try to find someone else to compare with.
Do It For FUN!
Do it for fun. I'm not saying just do it and having fun out there and not having intensity and just doing it laughing the whole way. I mean to enjoy what you do. Have fun lifting, and dieting. I used to hate it and just do it to get it over with, now I love every bit of it.
In this article, I've outlined 20 ways to stay motivated. Never stop looking for ways of motivation. All that will make you do is want to quit because you've lost yours. There are many other ways of motivation than the ones listed here, so never stop looking for ways. I hope you guys enjoyed this article. Stay motivated!