Happy Thursday my friends!
During my home workout on Tuesday, the idea for the post came to me. In the beginning of the workout, I started to give myself a firm pep talk.
Everyone needs positive self talk in their life, I’ve blogged about this before. I utilize it all the time in all situations whether it is at work, when Max is screaming his head off, or when I’m working out.
Today I’m going to focus on the self-talk I utilize during workouts. The examples I provide today are exactly how I talk to myself.
3 Workout Pep Talks You Need In Your Life
The get out the door pep talk. You use this one when you start delaying your workout (maybe you start cleaning up around the house, you’re stuck watching a marathon on TV, or something is added to your plate at work). All of the sudden you start making every excuse for why this isn’t the right time to workout or maybe you start to think you don’t have time at all. It’s important to treat your workout like a meeting with your boss. Would the excuse you have for not working out serve as an excuse to cancel a meeting with your boss? Probably not, so don’t use it to get out of your workout. Here is my get out the door pep talk:
- “Amy, you will feel SO good after you get this workout in. You know the hardest part is getting yourself out the door. It is worth it. This won’t take long. You know your body + even more so MIND will thank you. If you do it right now, it will be done sooner. Go!”
The firm personal trainer pep talk. I may have a leg up on you guys because I AM a personal trainer + have experience giving this talk. But, you can learn how to be firm with yourself or even use the example below to start! In all tough workouts, most of us will have an episode of wanting to ease up or cut it short. You may start thinking, “what is 2 less repetitions going to hurt?”, “maybe 2 miles today instead of the planned 3”, or “I don’t think I actually need to see the summit, this view is great”. I’m already working out (winning), + no one will know I’m cutting it short or not pushing it. BUT, YOU WILL. And most progress + growth happens right outside of that comfort zone.
It was this pep talk that I gave myself during a tough set of leg exercises on Tuesday that spurred this blog post (I’m sitting here with sore legs + a sore butt, which I love). I started thinking of doing less repetitions. This is exactly how it went:
- “Amy, I don’t want to hear it. You are finishing this. You are fine. You can do this.”
Simple, firm, + to the point.
The nurturer pep talk. I absolutely love this one. I utilize it the most during races. When the going gets tough, sometimes you need more of a positive + soft voice than a Jillian Michaels one. This has worked for me many times when I’m in a moment of self doubt. When I feel like I’m running out of fuel + I really need to slow down. As any runner knows, it is more mental than anything, I don’t need to slow down. I am most definitely uncomfortable (my former teammate told me you should never be COMFORTABLE during a race), but the task at hand is very doable.
- “You are doing SO well. You are strong. Stay inside this mile. Let’s just take it one mile at a time here. You’re okay Amy, you’re okay. You got this. You’re doing it!”
And I just keep repeating affirmation until the moment of doubt passes + I feel like I’m in control again. Maybe for you, this is the one you’ll use if you are new to working out. I would say, “Amy. I know this is hard. I know this is uncomfortable + new. But, this is the start of something really awesome. You can do this. You want to change.”
I used a combination of the last two to accomplish my best + most challenging event: giving birth to Maxwell. If you missed his birth story you can read it here.
Hope everyone has the best weekend! See you back next week!