Ever find yourself working out alone and find zero motivation to get anything done? Working out alone has its pros and its cons.
Personally I enjoy a balance of both training alone and in a group. When I am alone and find myself struggling in a wod I really have to dig deep down and motivate myself intrinsically; positive self talk, strategizing on the go, and sometimes just flat out thinking about nothing but finishing. It is those days I find most rewarding, I can say to myself “I finished and prospered on my own using my own motivations.”
On the contrary it is hard to beat working out in a group setting with everyone around you motivating you to do your best. Some ways I get motivated include cheering, the atmosphere of competition and best of all the feeling that you are not alone in this. A certain feeling takes over when the person right next is feeling the same pain you are experiencing, it is almost as if a sense of camaraderie blossoms after a grueling wod. To me there is no feeling like it.
The next time you step into the gym, think about how you can help motivate the person next to you because in the end we are all trying to better ourselves and the people around us. Some tips to help motivate yourself during a tough wod: devise a strategy: if there are certain amount of reps you have to complete set a goal each round.
For example you have a wod with 5 rounds of 20 thrusters, 10 pull ups, 400m run and 15kb swings. Tell yourself you are going to do 2 sets of 10 thrusters each round when you get to 10 the first round tell yourself one more rep and get 11, then tell yourself the same thing and get 12 and so forth. This is a great way to push your mental game and fight through the mental barriers. Another tip is to cheer on the person next to you, sometimes the best way to motivate yourself is to motivate someone else.
I hope this will help some of you go the distance when you are struggling the most.
– Coach Juan Parra