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Posted by Barry on Jul 13, 2011

Bad Workouts

It happens to the best of us.  We go out to workout, muster up our “Bring It” attitude, and we just don’t feel it.  We try to stay positive and try to get fired up, but our body is just not cooperating.  So we go through the motions and give it our best, but it just is not working for some reason today.  I cannot get the same number of reps or exceed them; no I am doing fewer reps on all my exercises and I am just wondering why.

When this happens to me I call it a “Bad Workout”.  There may be many reasons this happens such as you are burned out, did not get enough sleep, had to work out late in the evening and are just tired from the long day, but it happens and you need to know how to deal with it.

I am a very positive person and even though it frustrates me not to “get one more rep than last time” I know that for my body to grow and improve I am not always going to work out when it is the perfect time or always in the ideal environment (try working out in the gym when the AC is out and it is 98 degrees outside) or that I am going to perform well every time.

So what do I do?  Well as silly as it may sound I just tell myself that the workouts where I am struggling and not making great gains are the ones that are the most important.   My logic is that if I am having a “bad workout” then I could easily quit, or not be working out at all that day in which case I would not be working toward the goal of being fit and strong.   We all know that being consistent and doing all the little things is how you get healthier and stronger. So I just keep “doing my best” and push through knowing that a “bad workout” is a whole lot better than “no workout”.  This may not sound like much, but just that little bit of positive attitude and determination is enough to help you push through and finish that workout when you are “dying” or feel like you want to quit.

Your mind is as strong a factor in you getting healthy and fit as are your workouts and nutrition.  Learn how to use it to help you stay motivated and help you through the tough times and nothing is left to stop you from achieving your goal.  So the next time you are in the middle of your workout and you are struggling just remember that even though you are not “bouncing off the walls” and high fiving everyone this workout is just as important if not more important than any you do.

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4 comments
BrittW
BrittW

I'm with you Jim. Sometimes I'm just not feelin' it, but pushing play every day is the momentum I wanted to maintain for my overall fitness. As Tony says, just be in the room and do it! Forget the rest.

Cody Colclough
Cody Colclough

That article help me set my alarm clock for tomorrow to workout

Jim
Jim

Glad Im not the only one this happens to. I use to go to the gym and if I didn't feel it that night I would turn around and leave.

Barry
Barry

You and me both!