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I kinda got to thinking as I was servicing my teeth in the bathroom last night. Don’t read into that. It means brushing.

Where was I. Oh yes, that’s right. I thought to myself: “How would i motivate myself to train if i suddenly lost all the will to do so?”.

The answer for me (and everybody is different) is to shock myself into action. By that I mean, remind myself of the ‘Clint’ I used to be, and how much better my life has become since I kicked his tubby, man-boob sporting arse to the curb.

Lost your motivation to exercise? Shock yourself into action with some of these kick-ass ideas

Old photos of your former self can be highly motivating

#1 Keep an old photo by your bedside

Find the most ridiculous photo of yourself from before you started exercising and blow it up to 8″x10″ in size. Now frame that f*cker and sit it on your bed-side table.

When the alarm goes off at 5.30am, you’ll rollover to the sight of your previous existence and jump out of bed with a new found gusto.

#2 Wear tight clothing and sit on the end of your bed

I’ve mentioned this in a previous article, but in a different context. The next time you’re debating whether to exercise – go to your closet, put on a tight fitting pair of jeans, then sit down on the end of your bed with your shirt off and look in the mirror. If you don’t like what you see, hit the gym.

#3 Watch an episode of the biggest loser

Ok, so I don’t usually advocate watching crappy reality TV, but witnessing people morph themselves from the Hindenburg into circa 1985 David Hasselhoff can be marginally inspiring.

#4 Watch Rocky IV

Let me first say that I’m a HUGE Rocky fan. All the movies have their merit (besides maybe the fifth one), but the one that inspires me to train the most, would have to be Rocky IV. It has one of if not THE best training montage of ALL TIME.

This is the kind of sh*t that would inspire even Jesus.

#5 Start something new

Have you been thinking about Intermittent fasting? How about taking Reveal The Steel for a spin?

When your motivation to exercise is waning, it might be the BEST time to try something new. Change is definitely as good as a holiday… well almost.

To wrap it up

When you’ve lost all of your motivation to exercise or even get yourself out of bed in the morning, you just need to remind yourself of how good you’ll feel afterwards and also that entire cheesecake you’re planning on eating at the weekend can be consumed completely guilt free.

Clint’s Note: What do YOU do when you’ve lost all motivation to exercise? Comment below.

Clint Nielsen

Author Clint Nielsen

Clint is a dad and husband trying to stay in shape. He's also a highly opinionated fitness enthusiast and author of Reveal The Steel. Follow him on: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Google+

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Join the discussion 10 Comments

  • david says:

    i like to take my dog for a walk. our walk turns into a run and when i get back, im ready to works for me. and- where did you get that pic of plank girl?

    • Clint Nielsen says:

      Nice one. If I had a dog, I’d be doing exactly the same thing:)
      Plank girl is from the googles… did a search for fit people, and BAM! – she turned up.

  • Clint,

    Visualizing a ripped version of myself compared to a fat version of myself and how each one would look shirtless on the beach usually does the trick for me. It just helps reinforce the fact that I have complete control over which version materializes, but if I want the former, then I need to do something about it.

    Also for me, motivating myself to diet is much more difficult than motivating myself to train, but it’s just as important, if not more so.


  • Jarrod says:

    Clint, this post is great! I went through this about 2yrs ago. When I finally stopped lying to myself about how lazy I had become, and how absolutly CRAPPY my eating habbits were, I was able to move forward. What I do to motivate myself, now, when I don’t really feel like training is get out the pair of jeans that I kept from a few years ago when I was about 320lbs and ask myself if I’d ever want to be able to fill those jeans out again. For me, this is more than enough to snap me back to reallity, and remember that It’s sooooooooo worh the 1hr +/- of pain, to live a better life. Keep up the good work Clint.

  • Love the Rocky training montage…that’s always motivating! For me, it’s just re-focusing on my goals and designing a new workout routine to keep things fresh.

  • My favorite source of motivation would have to be a visual cue…like a picture that I am always looking at.

    Also loving the Rocky training montage. Gets you going every time!

  • Allie says:

    “This is the kind of sh*t that would inspire even Jesus.”
    Okay, this really cracked me up.

  • Audra Blue says:

    My motivation is to keep my boyfriend keen to have s.ex with me. He seems to have lost interest lately and although most of it is from stress, I can’t help but think it has something to do with me. I’m not fat but I could do with a little more streamlining.

  • Sheri says:

    That is the best training montage of all time. I have been struggling to find lost motivation and these were helpful suggestions. Thank you.

  • Bb says:

    The only thing Sylvester Stallone ever motivated me to do was turn off the telly.

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