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Exercising When You Don’t Want To

Exercising When You Don’t Want To

Today I did NOT feel like strength training. Waaaaah!

I already taught a Spinning class this morning and I was tired. What to do, what to do? To psych myself into exercising, I decided  to do something completely different from my usual strength training. I grabbed two different size weights and then did a simple “10 x 6” routine.

What’s that?

Well, I made it up on the fly. Usually I will do two or three sets of mid- to heavy weights (until my muscles are tired, or anywhere from 12 – 18 reps). I often “superset,” so I work two muscle groups back-to-back with no rest in between. Today I worked one body part at a time, 10 reps, with 4-8 seconds rest, for six sets.

So, for example, I did 10 curls (easy peasy, heh), stopped for five seconds, then did 10 more, stopped, did 10 more, etc. After about four sets my arms were burning, five sets they were on fire, and after six sets I was done. Stick a fork in me! I repeated this for the major muscles in my upper body.

Do you know what? Time flew by. It was fun, different, didn’t take much more time than my regular work out,  and I was able to trick myself into exercising when I didn’t want to.

Even trainers grow bored with working out

The moral of this story? When in doubt, shake it up. It doesn’t matter what you do as long as you do something. Stepping outside the box can be scary, but it’s also exhilarating. Let’s see how I feel tomorrow, huh?


What are your favorite ways to trick yourself into working out?

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AJ Ogaard
7 years ago

I can relate to this in many ways. Sometimes I don’t want to do my workout routine and feel the resistance trying to prevent me from moving forward. When this happens I just take a moment to grab my ‘Perfect Pushups’ and knock out a couple of sets with mixing up the grips and hand width. At that point, I feel great again.

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