Some days, even the most devoted fitness buff struggles to hit the gym and get in a solid workout – but why? What’s with the rut? Though there are many potential causes from physical illness to stress or lack of sleep, some workout barriers are easier to break through than others. It just takes a little bit of knowhow and determination.
If you’ve hit a workout wall, consider trying one of these 3 strategies. It might be just what you need to take things to the next level.
Wait For Breakfast
For those trying to squeeze in an early morning workout, it can be tempting to grab an energy bar or bagel on your way to the gym to fuel your body, but maybe it’s time to reconsider this impulse. Why? Studies reveal you’ll burn more fat if you eat breakfast after you hit the gym.
When you eat, your body releases insulin and this interferes with your ability to hit peak adrenalin levels and burn fat. If you can’t wait, grab something small but high in protein like a cup of yogurt before you go to the gym and then have the rest of your breakfast afterwards.
Try A Supplement
Many men who aren’t seeing the muscle growth they’re hoping for try out natural testosterone boosters in an attempt to meet their goals – but what if that isn’t enough? Disappointment can be a real barrier to a successful workout, so consider trying a different supplement to improve your performance. One option is to try a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM), a prohormone alternative that can kick your workout into high gear.
Another benefit of SARMs is that they also support recovery so you can push your workout further without feeling the pain as intensely. When a healthy, high nutrient diet and traditional supplements like whey powder aren’t enough, SARMs are a great next step.
Mix Up The Moves – And The Music
It may seem silly, but sometimes our workouts suffer because they’ve become too regular – we go to the gym, listen to the same playlist, and do the same rotation of exercises. While there are of course certain standards in terms of the warm-up, workout, cool down progression, mixing up the order can really help improve your energy and enthusiasm.
As for the tunes, skip that podcast or audiobook during your workout and go for the music. Studies show that listening to music is beneficial for both performance and stamina. You’ll be able to push harder and for longer with the right jams playing in the background.
Don’t let workout monotony leave you on the sidelines. Next time you’re having a hard time getting up your motivation to hit the gym, try something new. Change your workout order, try a new supplement, or promise yourself a great post-workout meal. At the end of the day, it’s about showing up – the rest will come in time.