Finding that inner drive to train hard when you’d rather hit the sofa than the squat rack is what separates the serious lifters from the satisfactory.
It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your fitness journey or you’re a veteran of the squat rack, inspiration can be fleeting on those cold winter mornings or stressful workdays, which is why it’s vital to master the art of self-motivation.
The ability to motivate yourself can determine whether you have a good workout, a bad workout, or no workout at all, which is why we’ve recruited Ryderwear athlete Freshian Rucker to share his workout motivation tips, to turn your training from sporadic to daily staple.
1. DETERMINE YOUR WHY
Whether it’s to feel more confident or to get ready for beach season, understanding the reason you’ve embarked on your fitness journey can often be intrinsic motivation you need. ‘Before jumping into a new workout regime, ask yourself why you’re starting in the first place’ says Fresh. ‘Be brutally honest about what positive benefits you’re looking to gain from this and keep those in the forefront of your thought process while training’.
2. PUT TOGETHER A KILLER WORKOUT PLAYLIST
Sometimes a good workout playlist is all you need for a motivational boost. Science claims music and mood are inherently linked, which is why Freshian recommends loading your phone up with some of your favorite songs and turning them up when you’re feeling tired or when it’s to go for a personal best. ‘More often than not you’ll get fired up and ready to smash anything that’s in your path’
3. LAND A SWOLE MATE
Finding a gym buddy keeps you accountable, inspires you and will make sure your form is always on point. ‘The more the merrier! Everything’s better when you’ve got your ride or die with you. Training with a friend or even a group of like minded individuals makes exercising infinitely more exciting’.
4. GET SOME FRESH THREADS
It can be hard to feel motivated to hit that heavy squat or HIIT session if your activewear looks more worn out than you. ‘When you look good, you feel even better’ says Freshian. ‘There’s no better feeling than walking into the gym with your newest training gear. Dress for the part for your fitness journey and keep it fresh; this way you’ll always look forward to testing out your 1RM in your brand new gym gear!’. Take advantage of Ryderwear’s Black Friday sale and get your hands on some new high-performance activewear!
5. FOLLOW THE FITNESS PROS
Whether it’s workout videos or your favourite influencer, scrolling the gram can be a constant source of #fitspiration. ‘When you need that extra push, just head over to Instagram to get a behind the scenes look at how some of the most inspirational fitness pros stay on top of their meal prep and training regimen!’.