Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Making It Count

When you go to the gym, do you give 100% every time? If your workout wasn't as productive as you wanted it to be, do you get upset? When your body is tired, do you push through the workout/cardio or do you scale it back and take it easy?

Up until a couple months ago, I didn't mind if I didn't have a completely productive workout. If my body was tired, I decreased my cardio intensity. I didn't slack in the gym, but I definitely didn't worry about giving 100% to every workout. If I missed a workout, I didn't feel guilty (except during prep, when I NEVER missed a workout).

Lately, though, I feel like I've got a fire lit under me ...

I give 100% every time I'm in the gym. Even if my body doesn't feel like moving very quickly during morning cardio, I crank up the intensity and push myself (yesterday I almost flew off the back of the treadmill cuz my legs didn't want to move that quickly). If I don't have a productive workout, I feel like I'm behind in my training.

Where did this intensity and focus come from?

I used to divide my year into "Contest Prep" and "Off-Season." During prep, I pushed myself hard all. the. time. I didn't miss a workout. I didn't miss a meal. I was ON 100% of the time. After my competitions, I wanted to go back to leading a "normal" life. I skipped some workouts, ate whatever I wanted to eat, and didn't worry about my next show.

As I work toward earning my Pro card, I've come to realize that there really is no "off-season." Time in between preps is time to build, grow, and improve for the next competition. It's not a time to slack or to take it easy on my diet or training. If anything, it should be a time to push even harder, especially in the gym.

I try to make every training session and every cardio session count.

To keep motivated, I picture other competitors busting their butts in the gym and on the treadmill. If I feel like turning down the speed on the treadmill, I ask myself, "Would [insert name] do that?" When I'm tired of doing lunges and my legs feel like they're about to give out, I picture faceless females doing lunges a step in front of me, and I push through the rest of the set. In a sense, all of my other competition are with me in the gym. They're always one step, one rep, one set ahead of me, pushing me to make every step, every rep, every set count.


  1. Oh you're so good it makes me sick.
    I'm s-l-o-w-l-y getting back into my cardio/weight training routine and I'm definitely not giving 100%. I'm kinda at 32.9 percent and going up 10% a day...we'll see how I fare.

    Thanks for always bein a motivation!

  2. gave 100% last night with my PT, and i tell ya what, the feeling after is soo much better! you look great in that photo by the way :)

  3. I was thinking about this same thing the other day! I give 100% when I feel like I've eaten bad or when I have taken a few days off and I have a lot of motivation, but when I'm working out 5x a week and on a diet...the 100% during my workouts is hard to comeby :-/

  4. That is exactly how I stay motivated as well! I picture the competition at the gym and suddenly I have way more determination than I knew I could have. Thanks for reminding me to kick myself in the butt even harder. I am going to work as hard as I can this morning thanks to you! :)