As I was doing the 6 am Boot Camp this morning I found that my mind was coaching myself through the workout. Pushing a 120 pound box 20 meters down the turf my mind was saying "PUSH! 15 more yards, 10 more yards you got this, 5 more you're almost there!" And I realized that not everyone has the ability to occupy their mind with encouraging thoughts during a tough workout. One thing I've always told my clients is, "Your mind fails before your body does!" If you're telling yourself you can't do it, your mind wont allow your body to.
Here are five strategies I use to get my mind right:
1) I go into the workout knowing it's going to be hard. In my head as I'm warming up I tell myself, "Yes, this workout is going to be tough. It's going to test my limits." Setting yourself up for a hard workout will prepare your mind. This way there will be no surprises.
2) Train your mind to be your own personal trainer. You hear Jillian Michaels yelling at her clients, "PUSH, lets go! Don't slack. You're better than this." Say these things in your head when you start to feel like giving up.
3) Think about the point of working out. If you got up early, or you made it to gym, why half ass it if you already took the time get there. To me, half assing a workout is the same as not working out at all. I'd rather skip a day then not try my best during a workout. So in my mind I tell myself "You got up at 5am to be here, make it worth it!" or "you took an hour out of your day to be here, don't waste this time!"
4) Picture your motivation in your head. When I'm struggling through a workout, and yes I struggle every day, I picture the goals I'm striving to reach. Visualize the body your working hard for or the race you want to finish!
5) Count reps in your head. If I have 25 push ups I typically count to 10 then start over at 10. Then the last 5 aren't so hard. It's tricking my mind into thinking I haven't actually done that many.
You can be your best motivation and your biggest barrier. Don't limit yourself by having a mindset that is occupied by the word cant.