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  1. Rebel_LioN

    Rebel_LioN Red Belt

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    ive losing focus in my strength training lately because work has me stressed and missing workouts.

    i lack a strong foundation so whenever i miss a week, i regress and go back to where i started. then ill have to gain momentum again

    what helps u guys achieve extreme focus even though weight training isnt your top priority?
     
  2. Colby18***

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    This might not be anything groundbreaking, but for me and anyone else i know...there are always going to be days where you don't want to workout. And if you look hard enough you'll always be able to find an excuse not to do something.

    Pretty much just go and there and workout regardless. It may be a crappy workout but its still a workout. As far as when i use to train mma...the days where i didn't want to train and forced myself to anyway, were usually the days i performed the best...as strange as that might be.
     
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    Numbers. Know what you need to do in the gym beforehand, and don't change that until you've done it. Then bump your numbers by a pre-decided amount (say, 10 lbs) and don't quit until you've done that. The entire universe follows laws that revolve around numbers, why can't you?
     
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    I've had some of my best workouts when I didn't want to be there. I guess I didn't put too much stress on my workouts and was alittle more relaxed.
     
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    Oddly, I'm more likely to train when work has me stressed, because the weights have always been a form of stress release for me.

    Are you keeping a logbook? Similar to Voodoo's comment, for me the log book (and the numbers inside it) are an important motivating tool. I've got logbooks going back to about 1996, and I can see the results of every interruption in training, and of every period of focused training.
     
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    ^^^ This is the truth - I assumed you are keeping a log. If you aren't, that's the entire solution to your problem, at least to start with.
     
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    You really just have to make yourself go. When I am feeling unmotivated like I was yesterday afternoon, I generally start with some good music as I brush. I will also go through my morning routine -- brush my teeth, wash my face etc. to get my body more alert if it's a day I either work a night shift or if its a weekend.

    But the key for me is music to get me moving while I get dressed and put my bag together. Once I get to the gym, even if I feel unmotivated I generally have a good workout.

    Usually a bad day at work motivates me more to go to the gym since it's a good destresser.

    Setting and accomplishing goals helps too. If you know that on that particular day you can set a new personal record or bump up a set, it feels good and makes it feel worthwhile to force yourself to go. Or even if you know that going will help you meet a goal in a couple weeks.
     
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    actually im stressing because im missing workouts not missing workouts because im stressing

    i dont have a logbook. i guess its definitely time to start one. im currently on stronglifts 5x5 routine but i dont ever record my gains. can someone direct me to a template of a 'logbook'
     
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    Look at some of the training logs here on sherdog.
     
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    that sucks for you guys. even while working fulltime the ONLY thing that i look forward to getting off work is getting to the gym. some people are working for the weekend, no, i'm just working to get to the gym.
    been like this for the past 4 years and I don't see it changing

    i think its a disease that you either have or don't have
     
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    When the day finally comes that you don't feel like going to the gym, I suspect you won't because you have no mechanism to help you go on off days.
     
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    Great advice from everyone. I guess for me one of the keys to staying focused is preparation prior to the workout. I schedule my workouts each week and I try to make sure that they are arranged at a time where there is a minimal chance of interference. If I see a potential "landmine" I move the workout. For example, I train on Tuesday evenings--its a hard hour of mostly olympic lifting and related stuff-lots of fun, high intensity, etc. but I was making plans with my wife this weekend and she says she has a student council meeting Tuesday evening with my two oldest daughters (home school association) and would I "watch" the twins. Now, I could go ahead with the workout, but....I know the little ones will want to play, they will want me to cook spaghetti tacos for them, etc, etc and rather than trying to both train and serve my family and fail at both, I simply moved the session up to Monday night and I can train with little or no distractions.

    I also find that if I am totally prepared the night before, I have a better workout, that means my gym bag is packed, my garage gym is set up just the way I want it. I have my workout sheet all prepped out. in other words, I know exactly what I am going to do so that I can get up and work all day and not "stress" over the workout, when I am on my way home, I start getting "mentally ready" and I can get in the groove rather quickly. It gets tougher as you get older and acquire more responsibilities.
     
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    For me when school,work, and other commitments start overwhelming me and interfering with my training time...I make a very persuasive thought in my head of working out by remembering that going to lift weights is my mindless time, my fun time, my time to see my fellow lifters, so even when I have time and feel like I don't want to go I think of that, it helps me personally. Now on days when I'm extremely tight for time all still go but what great about Olympic lifting is I can do the more technical full body lifts and cut my time down greatly or, I may just go for a quick technique refresher of 25 minutes and it's not so hard to not do it then.
     
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    Had you existed on an astral plane you could have visitede us on our viaje,,,fortunately we were able to avoid the mischivious brujas... Ah...but I transgress...


    The issue at hand.
    i dont have a logbook. i guess its defieitely time to start one. im currently on stronglifts 5x5 routine but i dont ever record my gains. can someone direct me to a template of a 'logbook'

    Sometime I will land..... I will have something of value to contribute. I am traveling through astral planes... I should be back soon... hopefully my mind/brain-Body-Spirit thing will converge...


    Dude??? My apologies... You have lots of options... Currently I think mine is the best. No need a Three ring binder, 8" tall x 5 1/2" wide. I developed a template that works perfect... Every single session you'll be able to assess where (strength inreasesd, endurance, power). I've also got a system that will help you track 1RM over time and I've included a formula to determine your strength:weight ratio. I think that knowing one's S:W ration and how strong they are can definitely plan an influential role when deciding at which weight class we would like to participate.
    It doesn't seem possible to attach files here, so if you'd like shoot me your email and I'll send you what I've got...


    D. W.​
     
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    You can't attach files or download them as a white belt. Also, what the fuck is with the astral plane shit?​
     
  19. Bedlam

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    If I don't workout I get depressed. All that pain and sweat actually makes me feel good.

    Learning different training methods is also a hobby of mine so I'm always looking at ways to improve.

    Most importantly I'm getting married in about four weeks. My fiance has been attacked twice while I was away on different occasions and once when I was within earshot; that's not happening again.

    That's what keeps me focused.
     
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    color=seagreen ??? WTF!? Add a blink tag in there next time.​
     

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