4 Ways to Start Loving Your Workouts Again

Writing this blog post brings me so much joy.

Why? Because for almost a year now, I've felt completely uninspired by my workouts.

Of course with any workout schedule, you're not always going to feel super motivated.

After all, motivation is a feeling that's fleeting. Discipline and habit are what keep you going back to the gym day after day (even on the days you don't want to).

So, what do you do when you find yourself snoozing your alarm and dragging your feet to get to the gym?

If you've been working out for a while and are just feeling all-around blah and uninspired by your workouts lately, keep on readin' sista.

How to Start Loving Your Workouts Again When You're Feeling Uninspired

Photo courtesy of  lululemon atheltica Orlando

Photo courtesy of lululemon atheltica Orlando

I'll give you the most important tip right off the bat:

Do a style of training that you love.

Not what a magazine says you 'should' do.

Not what you think is the 'best workout to do for firm buns and flat abs.'

Not what makes you pull up the covers and want to hit snooze 15x when your alarm goes off for your scheduled workout at 5 a.m.

You need a style of training that makes you excited to jump out of bed after your first alarm at 5 a.m. and lace up your shoes to head out the door

So, how do you find a style of training you're obsessed with?

Here are a few tips to get started!

1. Try new things.

As I mentioned before, we often get caught in trying workouts that we think we 'should' do based on what's trendy at the time. Right now, strength training is trendy (hallelujah because it rocks for so many reasons), but it's important to stay authentic to a style of training that YOU love... not just what everyone else recommends.

From a personal trainer's perspective, I definitely encourage some type of resistance training in your workout routine - even if it's just 2x per week. But there are so many different ways to strength train, it's easy for anyone to fall in love with it!

Here are a few styles of training that might be worth trying out:

  • Bodybuilding (i.e. having a workout split of upper/lower/upper/lower, or whatever you like)
  • Crossfit (please, for the love of God, find a trustworthy coach. I have some recommendations in Orlando and St. Pete if you're interested)
  • Olympic weightlifting (again, best to find a great coach in your area to help you)
  • Kettlebell training
  • Circuit-training
  • Group exercise classes (most gyms have group classes that incorporate weights, and I also love spin classes because I push harder there than I would just cycling on my own)
  • Running (with a goal: i.e. training for a half marathon, 5k, triathlon, etc.)
  • Yoga
Photo from one of my themed boot camps (Halloween-themed, obvi). Of course I was a giraffe.

Photo from one of my themed boot camps (Halloween-themed, obvi). Of course I was a giraffe.

ALL of these are great options! Don't let a coach who specializes in one particular area tell you that it's their way or the highway. When you create a mixture of workouts that works best for YOU, your body, and your schedule... that's when you'll see results because you'll be inspired to stay consistent. And consistency is KEY to getting lasting results.

2. Don't pigeon-hole yourself to ONE style of training if that's not your jam.

This point is my favorite.

When I tried to pigeon-hole myself into one style of training, or classify myself as a certain type of athlete (i.e. I'm a bodybuilder. I'm a Crossfiter. I'm an Olympic weightlifter. I'm a powerlifter)... that's when I felt the least inspired.

Sure, it's important to stick to ONE style of training if you plan to compete in the sport -- that way you can maximize your potential.

But I'm talking about the average person who just wants to look and feel their best, love their workouts, have some variety in their training, and improve their overall health.

Add some variety to your schedule! If you're bored with JUST lifting weights, add some running. If you're bored with JUST running, add some yoga. Go to a spin class with your friends on the weekend. Go on a long hike on a Sunday with your boyfriend and your dog. Do a group exercise class on a day you don't feel motivated enough to push yourself on your own.

Find a mixture of activities you LOVE to do.

For example, right now my schedule is a mash-up of running, yoga, lifting weights, and spin classes... and I honestly could not be happier.

3. Create a workout schedule that works for YOU.

Your workouts don't have to be 1+ hours to get great results. And you certainly don't need to be in the gym 5-6 days per week to get results, either.

If you're one of those people that says, "I can't go for an hour. I'm just not going to do anything at all." STOP THAT RIGHT NOW SISTER.

If you have 10 extra minutes in your day (we all do), you have time to work out.

Remember my post about moving the needle? Go read that if you want to learn WHY a 10-minute workout every day is better than an hour long workout *maybe* once per week.

4. Listen to your body

For YEARS, I was a 'go ham or go home' kind of gal.

If I wasn't absolutely demolishing my muscles in the gym, I didn't feel like I was doing enough.

Now, I listen to my body. What do I feel like doing that day?

Maybe I'm super sore because I had a tough lower body weight session yesterday... so I do yoga. Maybe I need to clear my head and release some endorphins... so I go for a run. Maybe I'm not feeling all that motivated and need a group environment to motivate me... so I go to a spin class. Maybe I'm just all around pooped and need a rest day, so I go for a leisure walk around the hood while listening to my favorite podcast.

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Moral of the story:

Whatever it is that you love, do more of that.

In all areas of your life, not just fitness :)

Let me know how you mix up your workouts and what your favorite workout styles are!

xo

Julie

Ditch the Labels: There's No ONE-SIZE-FITS-ALL Approach to Fitness

It's no secret my preferred style of training has changed a few times over the years. 

There was the time I was obsessed with running and ran my first half marathon (I was also a vegetarian at this time):

Then, there was the time where I focused primarily on body building & powerlifting (I love me some deadlifts. Here's my PR of 255):

Then, there was the time where all my workouts were based on getting strong AF through Olympic Weightlifting (think lots of squats, clean & jerks and snatching; see my jerk PR here! I was so proud haha):

And now, it's a hybrid of almost everything above (lifting, running and yoga).

For so long, I was attached to the idea that I only had to do ONE style of training. 

I either had to do bodybuilding, OR running. I couldn't do both.

I either had to love yoga and become a complete vegan yogi, or I had to throw heavy weights over my head while practicing Olympic weightlifting. I couldn't do both. 

Well, I'm calling bullshit on that.

Who says you can't do a mixture of things you love to see great results?!

If there's one common theme amongst myself and all the beautiful women I've worked with over the years, it's this:

There's no one-size-fits-all approach to getting in your best physical shape. 

And at the end of the day, the most important factor in seeing results in consistency

I completely understand that there are more efficient ways to train based on the body type you're going after. For example, if you want to be ripped and toned like a bodybuilder, yoga alone probably won't get you there (with the occasional Unicorn exception). And if you want to build exceptional amounts of strength and muscle, running alone won't get you there. 

But when did we start favoring what we SHOULD be doing over what feels best to our own body?

Why do we let society/the fitness industry dictate the style of workout we should be doing, even if it doesn't feel authentic to what we truly crave? 

Also, here's the thing: styles of working out come and go.

Remember when Zumba and Brazilian Butt Lift DVDs were all the rage? And now bodybuilding/physique competitions seem to be all the rage - if you spend half a second scrolling through Instagram, you're sure to come across some shredded babes in 1/2 buttcheek-exposed bikinis.

So what will the trend be next? Who really knows!

But what I do know is that I'm at the point in my life where I want to train in a way that makes ME happy. 

Not what people say I 'should' be doing.

If I want to train for a half marathon, I will. I'm tired letting the idea that 'steady-state cardio is terrible for you' stop me if I genuinely enjoy the challenge that comes from running longer distances.

And if I want to do yoga, I will. It completely shifts my mindset, gives me perspective, and allows me to focus on the things that really matter in my life. 

And heck, while I'm at it, I'm also going to keep lifting HEAVY AZZ WEIGHTS because yo girl loves being strong

Oh, and spin classes. I do those 1-2 times per week too, because I freakin' love 'em. No other reason. 

MORAL OF THE STORY: do what makes YOU happy. Whatever style of training that you'll stick with for the long haul is what's going to help you see the best results. Why? Because if you're miserable doing something (even if it's what the magazines say is 'cool' right now), you'll eventually get bored with it and quit working out all together. 

Ditch the labels. 

I love running. I love yoga. I love lifting weights. I love doing crazy shiz like tire flips, sled pushes and farmers carries. I love taking the occasional spin class. 

Embrace what you LOVE.

Whatever sets your soul on fire and makes your heart race because you're so excited to take that class, go for that run, or hit that new PR.... go do more of that

Sending you so much strength and love!

xo

Julie