7 Ways To Push Yourself So You Can Last Longer In The Gym

Can you honestly say that you make every training session count? When it comes to working out, you reap what you sow. That means your workout is only as good as how much effort you put into it, and how far you push yourself when you’re down to your last 2%.

All of us at Evolve Daily understand what it’s like to battle that inner voice of self doubt, especially when you’re exhausted during a super intense training session. Unfortunately, the easy way out is always going to be there, waiting for you to give in and throw in the towel. But here’s the thing: you’re so much better than that. In fact, you are more than capable of going the distance and pushing those limits. Yes, even when your mind tells you that it’s not possible.

Ready to get the most out of every workout? Today, Evolve Daily reveals 7 Ways To Push Yourself So You Can Last Longer In The Gym:

1) Get in the zone

You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60 minute Muay Thai training session.

You can burn up to 1,000 calories in a 60 minute Muay Thai training session.

Are you guilty of clock watching whenever you’re training, just to see how much time has gone by or how much time there is left of your class? If your answer is yes, then it’s time to get your eyes off the clock and on whatever’s in front of you – so that you can be present in the moment and focus. Trust us, once you get in the zone, time would go by more quickly and your workout wouldn’t feel as draggy.

 

2) Be grateful you can train

The hip escape is a key component to some of the basic position escapes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

The hip escape is a key component to some of the basic position escapes in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

We sometimes forget that training is a privilege, especially in the moments where we feel exhausted. During such moments, it helps to appreciate your body and everything it can do for you. Be grateful that you can work out and reap all the benefits that come with it, because not everyone gets to train, due to certain limitations. When you’re appreciative, you’d be more motivated to push through those crucial moments.

 

3) Think about how you’ll benefit from your workout

Muay Thai teaches your kids discipline.

Muay Thai teaches your kids discipline.

It always helps to think about your end goal when you feel your motivation level dip during a workout. After all, it’s no secret that exercising is ultimately good for you, and not to mention, you’d also be inching closer to your goals if you choose to power through the rest of your workout. So take a few deep breaths, think about the benefits you’d reap from your training, and press on!

 

4) Train like everyone’s watching

ONE Superstars Alex Silva and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke work on their striking at the Evolve Fighters Program.

ONE Superstars Alex Silva and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke work on their striking at the Evolve Fighters Program.

Sometimes it helps to put a little pressure on yourself as you train, in order to maximize your performance. It helps to imagine that everyone’s (including that attractive guy/girl!) eyes are on you, even if that’s not happening. Because – let’s face it – you wouldn’t want them to catch you slacking off, would you?

 

5) Remember your purpose

With so many techniques to learn, there's never a dull moment in BJJ class.

With so many techniques to learn, there’s never a dull moment in BJJ class.

Whether it’s to lose 5kg or become a World Champion, there must be a reason why you started training martial arts. However, you might have lost your focus along the way – which could be why you aren’t as driven when it comes to powering through those workouts. When this happens, it helps to always go back to that reason why you started training in the first place. If this isn’t enough, then find a new purpose, so that your training would have more meaning, and you’d be more motivated to push yourself.

 

6) Find a mantra

Training with a heavy bag improves your coordination and technique.

Training with a heavy bag improves your coordination and technique.

Having a mantra might sound silly, but it helps you to stay focused during the toughest points of your workout. Choose something positive, like “charge ahead” or “don’t stop moving” and repeat it to yourself, over and over again until you find your rhythm. By doing so, you’d be able to get your mind off negative thoughts about quitting and stay motivated.

 

7) Unleash your anger and frustration

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist's training.

Strength and conditioning is an important aspect of every martial artist’s training.

When you’re in need of that final burst of energy to get through the rest of your training session, why not get rid of any negative energy you’re carrying within you? By releasing your frustration and anger, you would not only help yourself feel better, but also get that extra bit of energy to push yourself when you’re feeling tired.

 

So tell us, which of these methods are you going to use the next time you have to push yourself in the gym?

More in Motivation

Also On Evolve