How to convince yourself to workout when you don't feel like it!

This is Coach Josh here at Training for Warriors Portland.

I'm gonna help you solve the age-old problem of what to do if you're tired... or what to do if you just don't feel like getting up and going to the gym.

We all have these days.

We all have these days.


The answer is simple: do it anyway

A friend of mine recently had a beautiful baby girl and as beautiful babies do, KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT.

He's only been sleeping three or four hours a night and has been continually tired for the last month or two. So what does he do? He gets up, goes to the gym at the same time to keep the same routine... and he goes through the motions.

When he goes out to sprint, it's not at 100% speed. He might sprint at 60% or 70% which may not technically be a sprint, but that's not important. What's important is that he's here, showing up, working. He's not trying to break any personal records, he's going through the motions. And that motion creates some energy. He's not working himself till he pukes, he's not beating himself up, but what is he doing? 

He's getting practice in. He's working on technique. He's checking on his form and he's just glad that he's here. He's dead tired the whole time. Which is okay because when he leaves, he's got a little more energy than when he first walked in.

That's the name of the game. 

You do that day in and day out long enough (and it doesn't take long... about five or six days),and you just don't feel that tired anymore. You might be a little sore. You might be a little creaky. You might be a little beat up, but your body will resist you less, and less... and less.

You may have thoughts creep in such as, "Oh my gosh, what about overtraining? What about sleep? I gotta have eight and a half hours sleep every single day, I gotta eat 7000 calories. What if I'm not recovering enough?"

Here's what you do. If you go to the gym day in and day out, and you notice one of the following happens:

  • It's getting harder and harder to lift
  • Your body is feeling increasingly slow and beat up
  • You're having a hard time finishing your workouts

Don't take a rest day on the day that you wake up feeling exhausted. Instead, take a rest day on the following day. THAT is when you actually take your rest. And THEN go ahead and sleep in, maybe eat an extra steak, take care of your body!

But you want to teach your body that you will give it food, sleep, a day off when YOU are ready... instead of when your brain signals. This doesn't mean that you should torture yourself. Again, you don't train through pain.

It's NOT the pain, no gain. It's no pain, NO PAIN. 

You want to make sure that you're not hurting ourselves with your training, but you have to condition ourselves to show up, fair weather or shitty weather! You condition yourself to show up whether you're tired or your in-laws are in town, and that's part of your discipline. That's part of your training. The "do it anyway" mentality. Finding that gameness of: "Whatever it is, I'm gonna do it." So you show up, BUT! You don't beat yourself up.

You "do what you can"! If you wake up the following day and you're STILL sore, beat up, or fatigued, take that day as a rest day.

Get up. Go through the motions. If you have any questions/comments, reach out to me in the comments or send a message.

Coach Josh here at Training for Warriors Portland, helping YOU bring out the warrior within.