With a question like that, I’ve got to assume that you’re looking to lose weight, get in better shape, or just want to make some type of fitness change in your life. Either way, it’s fucking awesome that you want to do that.
But before getting all hot and heavy about getting to the gym every day, It’s worth noting that you don’t need to go to the gym everyday. That should help you breathe a sigh of relief and make your life easier. If you’re just getting started, or even someone getting back on the workout grind, here’s some solid books and programs that can help you get results in as little as 3 days of gym sessions a week:
- Starting Strength: Basic Barbell Training by Mark Rippetoe (great to learn the fundamental movements and get strong)*
- Get Strong: The Ultimate 16 Week Transformation Program for Gaining Muscle and Strength – Using the Power of Progressive Calisthenics by Al Kavadlo & Danny Kavadlo*
- 12 Minute HIIT by Krista Stryker (ton of great, easy simple workout routines)
I recommend these books and programs because they’re super easy, cheap, and outline fundamental movements that you need to do in order to get the body you want. They also outline programming that is easy to follow.
Now that you’ve got all that down, you’re going to need some motivation to get your ass to the gym!
So here’s a quick breakdown of my philosophy when it comes to motivating yourself to get a workout in:
- Invest in Yourself
- Find Your workouts Interesting
- Act like an Adult
Invest in yourself
There’s nothing that motivates people more than losing their hard earned cash. And what better ways to use that hard earned cash than to make yourself better?
So when it comes to working out, I recommend you do any one of the following:
- Joining a gym
- Betting with a buddy or group of people
- Hire a trainer
- Join ClassPass
- Buy a program
- Buy a book (this costs like $10 max)
Motivation comes and goes, it’s never consistent. You need to set up systems that ensure when you’re motivation fails, you’re still going to go. And if you can afford it, the more the better.
When I first started working out, I wanted to get ripped and strong. But I was scared of going to the gym because I felt like a loser when seeing everyone else was moving around a lot of weight. I should have just said screw it and went to the gym, but I did something else instead. I took $1,000 (which was a lot of money for me at the time) and paid for weights and a bench/squat rack I could use at home. I also bought John Basedow’s Fitness Made Simple. Total investment was $1,100 roughly but got me started and had me consistently working out to hit my goals.
Hiring a personal trainer costs about $80 to $120/hr. They don’t just let you off the hook because you’re hungover or don’t feel like it. You still pay regardless of whether you do or don’t go. The same goes for joining a gym, you’re still paying that monthly fee regardless of whether or you go.
All those ideas are set up to make working out a win/lose for you every time, not about whether or not you feel like it or are motivated. You win by going and making yourself better. If you don’t go, you lose money.
Find Your Workouts Interesting
That sounds obvious, I know. But like anything in life, you never know what you’re going to enjoy it unless you’re interested and try it. Some people don’t like going to the gym, which is fine. They can still get a workout in. For example, I’m kind of obsessed with Olympic lifting, other people like running, it is what it is. Whatever it is that get’s you going is cool in my book.
Working out is kind of like careers. Ramit Sethi, founder of I Will Teach You to be Rich, advises that “following your passion” is the worst career advice. Just like “go to the gym” is the worst workout advice.
When you start out your career you don’t know what you’re good at or even interested in. Until you start getting good at something. The same thing applies to working out.
Are you even into the gym bro? If you’re not – who cares. I can guarantee that there is something that you’re into. So …
- Do that thing you’re into!
- Try that workout you’re interested in and see if you like it!
I hate running. I don’t know why, but it just doesn’t appeal to me. I have ADD and can’t sit on a treadmill too long because I get bored and start hating my life. So I play basketball because something about chasing a ball around a court makes me not think about the running and I just find it fun.
Some people swear by running, soul cycle, or Zog Sports. If you like it, great, go do you. If it gets you out of bed or working out after work or in some kind of workout regimen, DO IT!
Act like an Adult
On the flip side of the coin, and put your big boy pants on because people reading this might not like it, but whatever, because its true.
You literally just need to act like an adult and suck it up.
And what I mean by that is shit sucks sometimes but you’re not a child so you just gotta go do it. Like sometimes you don’t feel like waking up in the morning for work but you do because you need an income. You don’t call in and say, “Sorry, not coming to work today because I don’t feel like it” you know?
Instead, you suck it up and go to work.
Or maybe I take my paychecks and just go to Vegas and spend it all on hookers and blow. Good idea? (Guess it depends who your asking) But probably not because I have rent due, or need to pay for groceries. And on a longer-term basis, I’m thinking about retirement.
So instead of booking a flight to Vegas, I save and invest.
I love pizza. Like, fucking LOVE pizza. I could go eat 4 slices at lunch and then 4 slices at dinner. Shit, I could eat a whole fucking pie, dinner, AND lunch. And you could add some Ben and Jerry’s along with some nachos and salsa.
But I don’t because I know it’s not healthy and though it tastes good, I don’t feel good.
We treat our careers, money, and retirement at such a high priority but don’t hold the same regard for taking care of our bodies. Which I find incredibly odd since your body provides you an income, and it affects how you feel on a daily basis. That trickles into all aspects of life, work, earning power, family, etc.
Our body is the vehicle we’re going to be in for the rest of our fucking lives. And you only have one.
Read that again.
So why not make it a priority to take the best care of your body as possible?
At the end of the day, you can’t just do whatever you want without there being some type of consequence. Eating poorly and not working out will eventually catch up to you. And no matter how much money you have in the bank, or how successful you are in your career, it’s not going to matter when your physical health declines. Taking care of your body will help ensure that doesn’t happen. Every wealthy and successful person knows this.
Want to get in better shape and healthier? Well, you’re probably going to have to eat right and work out a decent amount consistently. Will you feel motivated all the time do it? Probably not.
So invest in yourself, and find something you like to do, so you can take care of your body. And at the end of the day, you might not feel like it so you’ve got some strategies that will help you overcome that feeling of … “I really don’t feel like it” …
And just know that sometimes, that might not work either. And summits, you just gotta be an adult, suck it up, and do it.
Hope that helps add some perspective 🙂