Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Mental Strength

Do you ever have one of those days where just getting through your workout is an accomplishment? Yesterday was one of those days for me. I felt quite good for most of the day. I even had energy when I got to the gym! I was my usual smiley and bouncy self. And then I started my workout and somehow, my energy just disappeared!

I was surprised to discover that while I had zero energy, my strength wasn't affected! I moved the same amount of weight I usually do, and didn't fatigue in the middle of any reps. In between sets, however, was a different story.
Mentally gearing up for another round of lunges
I discovered that resting between sets restored enough energy to propel me through the next set. While I rested, I gave myself mini pep talks.

"You can do this!"

"Think SWORD."

"Other girls are giving 100% right now. You need to give 110%."

"You've done this before; you can do it again."

"You've felt worse and still pushed through workouts. Now stand up and lunge your lil butt off!"

The importance of mental strength during prep is often overlooked. It's a vital part of preparing to stand on stage! When our bodies are being pushed to extremes, mental strength is necessary to continue pushing. Our bodies are capable of so much more than we give them credit for! They are amazing machines!

Yesterday, while I was gathering energy between sets, I put my mental muscles to good use. I told myself that I believed in myself and that I believed I could give 110% to my workout. And guess what? I did! I impressed myself!

What do you do to push through a tough workout? Do you ever give yourself mini pep talks while training?


  1. I've been there!!! I've had great days and bad days... but we always get through them don't we? You are a soilder!

  2. My trick (which is really weird!) is to pretend that someone is videoing me. So even if I'm not feeling the workout, I'll just pretend that a bunch of people are going to watch it so I need to do my best. And then I just count the reps down backwards.

    1. Haha that's a good one, Tara! We always tend to try and do/look our best when we know someone is watching so that's a good trick :) I'll have to try that!

  3. When I'm feeling sluggish and struggling through certain exercises that I hate (abs), I give myself a pep talk..."You just did 250lbs on the leg press yesterday! These planks are nothing!!" or "You've done this exercise how many other times?! don't even think about giving up!" It definitely helps :)