The One Trick to Getting in Shape

There is one very simple trick to getting in shape.

It’s not a new workout program or diet. It’s not waking up early in the morning or hitting the gym twice in one day. It’s actually a mental battle that we fight every day and the trick is in winning that battle.

The problem most people face when it comes to working out is that they get incredibly motivated and hyped, they get all fired up, and they tell themselves, “I’m going to start going to the gym everyday after work.

And most of the time they do… but sometimes they don’t. Those that do inevitably face the same challenge that plagues them every time they start on this journey. They get to the gym, they get in a good workout, maybe even they go again the next day and the day after that.

photo cred: Cathy Pham

Then it happens… they have that bad day. The day where they stop going to the gym. Maybe they’re really sore or maybe life threw them a curveball. Life gave them a bad day and when it was time to go to the gym, they just couldn’t make it happen. Instead, they took a rest day telling themselves they’ve earned it.

Then one rest day turns into two. Two becomes three, three becomes five… and pretty soon they haven’t gone to the gym for a week…

This happens every year on New Years for thousands of people. Literally thousands of people get all fired up and excited to change themselves and a lot of times they can get started but eventually the majority of them will burn out. What these people fail to understand is that they are actually doing great. They are actually doing so incredibly good that they don’t realize it and what happens is that they make this one mistake.

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They let perfectionism win out over accountability. What I mean by that is that instead of showing up at the gym and doing a shit workout, they tell themselves that since they don’t have it in them to go hard that day, that they shouldn’t go at all. This is the point at which they fail and so here is the one trick to making your workout work.

Just show up.

Just show up to your workout even if you do it half ass and you only do one repetition at a fraction of your normal workload. Showing up and being accountable, even if it’s at a half ass rate, is still more effective to getting in shape than not showing up and eventually quitting.

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What most people don’t understand is that fitness is a part of life. It’s not something you do for six weeks and then never do again. It’s something that is a part of your life every day. You live it. And sometimes you have bad days. Too many people let one bad day decide the rest of their future. Stop giving yourself a day off and show up to your workout.

Show up and do the shittiest workout you have ever done.

Just.

Show.

Up.

And if you need some extra motivation watch my really shitty YouTube video on showing up…

…and then jump over to my Instagram for some higher quality videos with even more tips!

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