With any physical challenge comes a mental challenge. When we’re going deep into a training session and ready to call it quits, we need to convince ourselves that we’re not done yet. Our mind has to push us beyond what the body thinks it’s capable of. This translates to getting your mind ready.
This is not an easy task, of course. And while there comes a point where you should call it a day and head home, most of us end our training sessions before we actually hit that point. So, how do you break through this barrier? The answer, or answers, are a lot simpler than you might think.
GO BEYOND BOUNDARIES BY GETTING YOUR MIND READY
RECORD YOUR NUMBERS
Before you go into any workout, you need to have a clear idea of what you are going to accomplish. Keeping track of the sets and reps you did in past workouts is a great way to motivate you to set the bar higher in the following ones.
Not everyone likes going this route because our memory usually fails us, and writing things down in between sets can seem like too much of a chore. But those who do implement this technique will find it much easier to set new goals because they can easily reference past goals.
SET REALISTIC GOALS
If you’re three months into working out for the first time of your life, setting a goal of 250kg deadlift may not be in your best interest. If you’re not physically developed, you risk injury. But apart from that, you also set yourself up for a mental beating as well. It’s okay to challenge yourself but do so in a way that you’re also being responsible for your physical and mental well-being.
Depletion throughout a workout is common. When we sweat, our body loses valuable substances that keep us hydrated and our pH levels balanced. Keep yourself well hydrated before, during and after workouts. It’s also not a bad idea to have a carb drink handy for when you’re almost done.
Beverages like Powerade and Gatorade contain simple carbs, potassium and sodium. Consuming this mid-workout will help replenish your body and offset fatigue, allowing you to push further.
MUSIC IS THE ANSWER
Simple but effective. Having music that motivates you is a surefire way to crank up your mental motivation.
KNOW WHEN YOU’RE DONE
We completely advocate pushing your limits, but there comes a point where you can push yourself too far. Make sure that you aren’t forcing yourself too hard, especially if you’re going intense for longer periods of time. Instead, keep your training sessions short and intense.
You don’t have to spend hours in the gym. A 45-minute to an hour of consistent hard work is enough to give you the workout you need. If you’re timing your rests properly and not taking extended rests between sets while flipping through Facebook on your phone, you will have done enough to give yourself a proper workout.
Aside from that, keep in mind that while preparing your body is essential, getting your mind ready is equally important.