Handling Low Motivation

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‘It’s impossible to be motivated all the time and that’s why commitment matters’ – just me.  

Today is one of those days. I felt extremely lazy, tired, and had no willingness to train. 

As someone who trains in the morning, my morning usually looks like this: wake up – drink water – toilet time – get ready – cycle to gym (or around park during this isolation time) – weightlifting training. Most days, I feel good doing all those activities but it was not easy this morning. Everything was so hard and I’m not 100% sure why. It may be because I am down due to my bad snatch consistency recently or because I’ve been so busy with work or because I’m on a calorie deficit – I am not quite sure. In any case, I just felt like I did not want to do anything.

I woke up this morning then decided I won’t go cycling. So, I skipped cycling and went back to sleep for another hour. Even with this decision, I still planned to lift as it is my main training. I forced myself to train because I knew it was not a physical issue. I did not have any serious injuries or sprains that stop me from training. 

Therefore –  I took my shoes, warmed up, took my bar and plates, and started lifting anyway.

In a situation like this, it’s very helpful to have a training plan. I usually write down my program in my training book every Sunday. This way, the only thing I need to do on a daily basis is to read and do it. I do not need to think ‘what do I do today?’ or ‘how many reps should I do today?’. I have a program I must do each day and this is proven to help me a lot when motivation is low. 

My Training Journal. I wrote my program each week and how it goes on daily basis.

Having a program allows me to be a ‘robot’ and just do things regardless of my mood. I even have some priorities in the program. There is the main training block and additional block. I made a decision a long time ago: unless I am in a very bad condition physically, I won’t miss the main training block. I can reduce the weight or even the volume if needed, but I will not completely miss the main training block.

On the other hand, 95% of the time, I do the additional block. However, when I have to cut my training shorter due to some life circumstances, I may modify that part or skip it completely. 

Another thing that kept me going this morning was my goal. Why do I do what I do? Why do I tortured myself by getting up early to lift weight? Personally, it’s beyond ‘I want to be healthy’ or ‘I want to look good’. We all know that although health is crucial, it’s a long term goal and quite hard to measure. I have something more medium term and more measurable as my goal. I have a number I want to hit, I want to be qualified for a certain competition, I want to hit 100kg back squat. These goals need commitment and persistence; and I look up to these goals whenever I train.

I keep my goal close to my heart and it keeps me going. This mindset never fails me as at the end of the day, we are what we do and what we achieve. 

Today is the day when my weightlifting commitment was tested. It was my commitment to my goal and my programming that dragged me out of my bad and still do what I needed to do…

It was not easy but when I finally made it – I felt like a winner! 

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