With Transformation Challenge 3 coming to an end, strength and conditioning coach Josh Bryant shares his top 10 tips on staying motivated in your workout regimen.
1. Set Short-Term Goals
Setting a short-term goal for yourself is a powerful way to stay motivated while keeping your long-term vision in tact. Whether it’s adding an extra trip to the gym into your week or adding extra reps onto your sets, having and attaining a short-term goal will help you stay on track throughout your fitness journey.
2. Let Short-Term Goals Lead to the Attainment of Long-Term Goals
Allow for occasional setbacks along the way, but regard them as learning experiences – thereby turning those setbacks into something positive. By letting your short-term goals eventually push you closer to your long-term goals, you’ll stay motivated in making a true lifestyle transformation.
3. Set Your Training Schedule and Stick to IT!
Having a workout regimen and sticking to it is key to seeing results. A good place to start in finding training programs is the book co-authored by Josh, “Jailhouse Strong.”
4. Make Pain and Fatigue Work for You
Use your fatigue as signs that you’re going all out and making the effort to attain your goal. “Look at the pleasure, not the pain,” Josh says.
5. Challenge Yourself in Your Training
Rather than going to the gym and doing the same routine over and over again – challenge yourself in your training and push yourself harder little by little every time.
6. Devise Your Own Personal Definition of Success
Your success is defined by what you say it is, not what someone else says it is.
7. Believe in Yourself and Foster Positive Aggression
Get moving to manage your stress. Exercise is a great stress reliever, as it gets your blood pumping and your heart racing. Foster positive aggression through rewarding workouts that leave you feeling strong and accomplished.
8. Follow the Program
You have coaches helping you along the way, so make sure you follow the program created for you.
9. Build a Strong Ego, But a Positively Directed One
There’s nothing wrong with building a strong ego to improve your self-worth, but always make sure that it’s headed in a positive direction rather than a destructive one.
10. Don’t Compare Yourself to Others
Remember that you’re only competing against yourself and trying to break your own personal record. As you keep trying to break your own personal records, those records will become state records. As you continue to break state records, those will become national records. And those records will eventually become world records.
Josh, who’s trained a lot of people with several records (including himself), believes that this kind of attitude and mindset works well in helping people achieve greater milestones and true transformation.
“Just become the best version of you, because if you keep becoming the best version of you, eventually you’ll pass other people,” Josh says. “When you focus on other people, you immobilize yourself. So you need to stay focused and keep your eye on the prize.”