7 Ways to Motivate Yourself at the Gym ...


I actually really love going to the gym, and I look forward to it each day… well, most of the time!

There are some days when I need a little extra motivation once I’m there.

Here are 7 ways to motivate yourself at the gym, and I’ve tried them all!

1. Get a Workout Buddy

Get a Workout Buddy

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There are two women at my gym I see there every single weekday morning, and I’ve overheard them encouraging each other and gossiping a little.

What ideal motivation!

If you’re at the gym with a workout buddy, you’re a lot less likely to skip out early, or to skimp on a set.

2. Get Your Groove on

Get Your Groove on

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This is my all-time favorite way to get motivated at the gym!


I load my iPod with my favorite music, and it always inspires me to give a little extra.

My favorites right now are “Intro” by The XX and “Symphonies” by Dan Black and “Pumpkin Soup” by Kate Nash.

3. Feel Free to Covet

Feel Free to Covet

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There’s a woman ay my gym with a body I would die for.

She’s lean, muscular, and yet curvy and feminine.

When she’s at the gym, I use her for a little inspiration and motivation… and I sometimes add some of what she’s doing to my routine…

4. Focus on the Good

Focus on the Good

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While my butt may be a little bigger than I’d like, I have great legs and knock-out abs.

When I’m feeling a little less-than-motivated, rather than focusing on my “problem” areas, which just makes me feel bad, I focus on the parts I’m the most proud of… and it works every time!

5. Set a Specific Goal

Set a Specific Goal

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If you’re truly dragging at the gym, rather than overwhelm yourself by vowing to complete your entire workout, set a more reasonable, more specific goal, like finishing your legs routine or just getting through the 20 minutes on the elliptical.

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