3 Ways to Increase Your Likelihood of Training

 

1. Choose Training You Enjoy

Because I’m mainly a strength and conditioning coach, I’d assume most people would expect that all I ever recommend people do is strength training. As if the squat, bench, and deadlift are the be all end all of fitness.

This is not the case.

I see too may individuals fail at working fitness into their routine because they are doing “what’s expected of them” be it what they see of social media, hear from their friends, get recommended from a doctor etc.

There are so many different types and styles of training that it’d be a shame if you pick the one you absolutely hate. Not only that but if you hate your given from of exercise that’s only going to guarantee that you’re not going to show up to it as time goes on.

The benefit of all different types of exercise is pretty universal so choose the type you like best. The more you enjoy your chosen form of training the more likely you are to show up day after day.

2. Decrease Your Initial Expectations

This sounds harsh at first, but a great way to increase your likelihood of training is to at first, decrease your initial expectations for yourself.

I see so many individuals try and go from zero to 100 REAL QUICK when it comes to fitness goals. As if you are going to magically go from training zero times a week to training 6 times a week at the same intensity as a professional strength coach.

Start really, really small. If you are currently training zero times per week, 1 to 2 training sessions per week that are only 10 minutes long is a really good starting place. Not only that but it’s easily digestible.

Your much more likely to show up for a ten minute session than having to will yourself through some crazy two hour routine. Once you have a basic game plan in place that you are regularly showing up to, THEN you can add to it.

3. Make Training More Accessible

The more “accessible” training is to you, the more likely you are to do it. This means decreasing as many “roadblocks” that may show up to your training as possible.

An easy example of this is how far away your gym is. Seasoned gym rats are willing to drive 40 minutes to their idea of a “perfect gym”, but if that 40 minute drive time is only going to be used as an excuse not to show up that day, better to get a gym closer to your house.

Likewise, another excuse is “not knowing what to do in the gym”. This can be fixed with a dead simple training program, hiring a coach, or joining a group fitness class so it’s all out of your hands.

These excuses all tend to be personal to the individual. Take some time to think about what your most common excuses are to skip the gym and brainstorm on what steps you can take to decrease your overall resistance to showing up to the gym. The less resistance you face each day, the better your chances of showing up.

Matt Molloy

Matt Molloy

I'm a graduate the University of Pittsburgh with a major in Exercise Science. I’m a local guy (North Penn) and athletics has dominated my life. I've led teams in basketball, baseball, soccer, golf and my passion, long distance running. I've been strength training for 6 years with a focus in power-lifting but have recently stretched to strongman since joining the pride here at the Den. When I’m not in the gym I enjoy, spending time with my friends, music, and relaxing and playing some video games.