We've all been there before, the breaking point where working out begins to be a chore. What was once refreshing, exciting, and rewarding has devolved into something boring, lethargic, and bordering on painful. Boredom in the gym can easily ruin your workout and potentially the whole day. Here are 4 tips to breathe life into your dying workout routine.
1. Switch Your Workout Style
Lack of variety in a workout quickly leads to boredom. Working out is just like any other aspect of life. If we get bored we quickly lose interest and
sleep walk through the workout as a result. It's just like having a job. If you go to work every single day and do the same thing every SINGLE day you quickly lose interest in what's going on.
There are so many types of workout styles available. Search on
Total Body Complexes, or
Push/Pull and you'll see just what I mean.
2. Increase Weight 10-15% On Each Exercise
One of my favorite ways to kick start a workout is to add 10-15% of my normal resistance to an exercise. If nothing else it gets your attention. All too often we get attached to the amount of weight and reps we're accustomed to doing. 3 things happen here:
- Lack of Growth
All of which are terrible for the drive and excitement needed to keep a dynamic workout in tact. Adding more weight also allows you to refocus on what is going on. You are forced to
focus and push yourself to get that weight off your chest!
3. Add The Element Of Surprise To Your Music Selection
Music, music, music. The music on my iPod can literally make or break my workout. I look so helpless in the gym when I don't have it. It's like someone has run over my puppy or served me with an eviction notice.
While the iPod is great for your workout it can also be a curse. In August I listened to the same 3 play lists for 6 days a week. Needless to say I got bored... really, really, really bored. Mixing up the music is a great way to get you rejuvenated and provide that extra spark. When your music gets style try this:
- Set the player to random
- Switch musical genres (rap to rock, rock to rap, house to heavy metal, etc)
- Find some old music you haven't used in a while
Music is a powerful motivator in the gym. Use it to your advantage.
4. Perform Challenging Exercises
Some of the equipment in the gym can get very lonely. The
hack squat machine, Olympic bars (
overhead press), and
plyometric boxes (explosive jumping) are all woefully lonely. Befriend them. Crank out some pullups, do a deadlift or 2, stack up some plyometric boxes and perform a set of jumps.
These exercises are the most rewarding in the gym. On top of that there is NEVER a long line of people climbing over each other to do pullups. These exercises are the most challenging but they are also the most rewarding.
Don't let your workout die slowly in your arms. Bring it back from the dead by using these 4 tips.