Motivation vs. Dedication

I won’t lie to you… there are plenty of days when I really just don’t feel like working out. Some days I would love to just sit on the couch all day, especially during our current “stay-at-home” status but I know that, if I do that, I won’t reach my goals and I won’t show my daughter what life can look like with fitness in it. This is what keeps me coming back to the gym again and again. It’s what forces me to get my workout in on those harder than usual days.

When you look at me or at the posts I make or when you talk to me, most people say that I am always motivated but that isn’t really the truth. I can easily portray that by not posting about the times when my motivation is low. I don’t do this to deceive people but when my motivation is out, it’s out for everything and I don’t go on social media. For the most part, I rely heavily on my dedication to my goals and my dedication to showing my daughter a healthy life.

I really take the time to plan out what goals I want to achieve. This year I have been focusing on getting stronger and more technical on the barbell and improving my gymnastics abilities. To do that, I have a certain amount of time each week that I spend working on each. Having an end goal is key to using dedication when motivation is lacking. This gives me a reason to go to the gym when I simply don’t want to.

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are for strength work. I cycle through different programs. I began the year with an Olympic weightlifting cycle. I did two different cycles. The first was an 8-week basics program; I focused on broad lifting technique. After I finished I took about 2 weeks off before going into a more in-depth 12 week program. This was where my strength got to show. By the end of the cycle I PR’d my back squat, front squat, and push press. I have since moved on to focusing on my technique on both the snatch and clean. I keep the weight super low and focus on tweaking little things here and there that I notice need work. I have also added in some accessory work to help maintain/build some more muscle.