I had a bad week at the gym. I was out of town last weekend, having fun. It was worth it. When I got back on Monday afternoon, there was plenty of time to go to the gym but I had a strong case of Not Feeling Like It.
So I skipped.
Not a big deal. I schedule my workouts for Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Missing one Monday just means I bumped that day’s training to Tuesday, and Tuesday’s to Wednesday.
Without going into too much detail about it, Monday and Thursday have a lower body focus, Tuesday and Friday are more upper body focused. Saturday is a short session on lagging parts.
It turns out Tuesday morning (my schedule dictates I train before work) I still didn’t feel like it. But I went anyway. I believe training when you don’t feel like it is almost a double-bonus. You get the training plus the benefit of strengthening discipline.
It’s easy (or at least easier) to go when your enthusiasm is high. But when it’s not, that’s where discipline comes in. Discipline is doing what needs to be done when it needs to be done, whether you feel like it or not.
This is the part where I’d love to brag that it was an awesome session and I hit new PR’s on everything. But the truth is, none of the sessions this week were great. Sometimes that’s just the way it goes.
My goal for each workout is small: just one more rep (repetition) in just one exercise than last week’s session. Consistent progress by small increments. If you’re first starting out the progress will happen quickly and the increments will be larger. As your training experience increases, progress gets harder to come by.
Unfortunately, basically there was no progress for me this week. In fact I regressed a little bit in one exercise. It’s mildly frustrating but I’m glad I went. I’ve never regretted a work out. Progress in any endeavor is rarely smooth and linear for long. Ups and downs and stalls are part of the process. The key is to keep the trend moving upwards over time.
The point of this post is that even when you don’t feel like going, go. Giving into laziness will never move you towards your goals. Not every training session will result in personal records.
Put the work in consistently and be patient.
This is what I tell myself.