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Challenging Yourself In The Gym When You Hit A Rut

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Challenging Yourself In The Gym When You Hit A Rut

Falling into a rut can be quite challenging. You lose motivation, and you start to wonder why it is that you keep trying to make this incredible progress when you aren’t getting anywhere. No one likes to be in a rut, but they do happen from time to time.

However, there are things that you can do to challenge yourself, in such a way that inspires you to keep going but doesn’t necessarily burn you out either. Here’s a couple of tricks and tips for doing just that.

Pick Something You Know You Can Do

Sometimes, what you need to do in order to reestablish your power and your own ability is to do something you know you can do already. Now, this may well be the warm up for your actual challenge, but what this does is help you to remember all that you’ve done so far.

It is easy to think that you have completely lost your ability. But if you do something which is moderately challenging, but easily within your capabilities, then you have proven to yourself that you can break out of your current mindset. You can push forwards. All you have to do is prove it to yourself.

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Speak to a Trainer

If you are going to attempt a challenge which will break you out of a cycle of negativity, it may be a good idea to consult a professional beforehand. A lack of motivation and burnout in athletes is very common, and it’s also quite widespread in bodybuilders. So it’s a good idea to consult with someone who’s got experience.

What you will be doing in this particular instance is getting the professional advice of someone who has worked with people in your position. They will be able to tell you what you can do to make sure you’re safe, they can recommend a particular challenge to help you break out, or they can just listen to your story. Talking about your problem can actually be a really big help sometimes. It’s just a suggestion before you hit the weight bench.

It’s Time to Begin

So, you have done all of the prep work. You’re ready to take on the challenge. So all that’s left to do is go ahead and try. It doesn’t have to be an especially complicated challenge, and there doesn’t have to be a lot of fanfare.

There is going to be one of two outcomes to the challenge. The first outcome is the one that everybody wants, and that is where you succeed. If so, pat yourself on the back and move forward, because you have broken out of that negative cycle. If you don’t quite succeed, that’s okay too. You have to then look inwards, and try and find out what it is that you struggled to do. This may also help because you are learning how to reflect and introspect.

So, in summary, it can be a challenge sometimes to work with weights and exercise routines when you feel like you’re trapped in a cycle of negative thinking. What you have to do is to try and figure out the best possible way to get the most from your time, and break out of that cycle by challenging yourself. It’s not going to be easy. No one is denying that. If it was simple to change the way that you think, you would’ve done it by now. However, do not lose hope. There are still a lot of things you can do to break out of the rut. You’ll be okay eventually!

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