How to Trick Yourself into Working Out

Just the other day I was feeling pretty tired and the mere thought of working out made me want to crawl into my bed. It had been a long week filled with plenty of workouts, but today I was planning a very tough and intense one.

My body was already achy to the point I could feel the soreness whenever I moved. Even though I knew in my head I should go do this workout I kept trying to come up with excuses not to do it.

“I’ve already worked out a few times this week so it’ll be ok if I miss this one.”


“I’ll just make up for it next week.”

Both of these excuses were filling my head to the point I had already found myself laying in my bed playing with my iPad.

I knew if I kept going down this path then I’ll be finding myself in my bed while missing workouts more and more often.

So I decided to flip things on their head.

Psychologically, the reason I didn’t want to workout was because I was focusing on the PAIN of the intense workout and not focusing on the PLEASURE of what I would get out of it.

Instead I tried focusing on the PAIN of what would happen if I didn’t workout…

Getting fatter…

Losing all the work I’ve done so far…

I instead began thinking about what I would get from my workout.

Feeling the endorphins from a great workout…

Keep progressing towards my goals…

Look even better than before…

Sure in the grand scheme of things missing one workout isn’t going to be a big deal.

But the snowball effect takes shape when you start coming up with excuses to put off working out. This time it may be only once, but the next time it’ll only get harder and harder to get your butt to the gym.

The trick to getting yourself to working out and eating clean is to focus on the PAIN of not doing it while also focusing on the PLEASURE of what’s going to happen if you do it.

For most people (myself included) it would be, “If I don’t go do this workout I’m going to get fat and if I do it then I’m going to be working my way to a dang sexy body.”

The worse thing that can happen is you always focus on the pain of working out. If you do this I can guarantee it’s going to be 100x’s harder to do your workout than it would be to just do it.

This is a “trick” I use to make sure I never miss a workout and keep my nutrition plan on point.

Otherwise I’ll find myself in my bed watching Netflix all day.

Let me know how it works for you.

Talk soon,


“There are no pleasures in a fight but some of my fights have been a pleasure to win.” – Muhammad Ali

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