Hey Athletes! Are you having a hard time finding the motivation, energy, or time to be consistent with your training? Listen in to this week’s Ask Me Anything episode to find out how to get out of that slump!
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Finding the Energy/Time/Motivation to Be Consistent
In this episode of Ask Me Anything, Jerred and Joe give you some tips on motivation to be consistent in training. They talk about how they have tackled inconsistency and what helps them stay on track!
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Ask Me Anything: Finding the Energy/Time/Motivation to Be Consistent
[00:00:00] Jerred Moon: Welcome to garage gym. Athlete asked me anything. It’s pretty simple. I’ll be answering questions from the thousands of athletes that follow our daily programming. If you have a question or topic you want submitted, go to dot com slash AMA let’s get started.
All right, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the garage gym athlete podcast. Jeremy Moon here with Joe Courtney. What’s up Joe?
Joe Courtney: Hey man.
Jerred Moon: So we’ve got a question today and ask me anything. So finding the time, finding the energy, time, motivation to be consistent. How do we do it? How does everyone do it? How do we get that energy, time and motivation for that consistency?
I’m gonna let you go first, man. What do you, what do you have? Like how do you maintain consistent. How do you find that time? How do you stay motivated?
Joe Courtney: This is kind of perfect timing right now for me because of the situation that [00:01:00] I’m in, uh, being pretty much homeless, living out of a suitcase for the last two months, almost in close there.
No, no gym packed up. Uh, or that’s all packed up. Uh, so I’ve been having to do a lot of creativity subbing here and there, but really it’s just trying to get at least like, I know that. Minimum. I have to get four days per week. Usually I try and super five or six, but I know I’ll also have to be, um, depending on your situation on, on why you’re, why you’re not consistent is you have to, you have to just, um, accept it at times and know that you’re not always, program’s always gonna be perfect.
You’re not always going to be on point for six or seven days per week. So first thing is not to. Beat yourself up about it. If you have certain situations and you know, times like now with things being locked down, uh, it’s good to just accept that, Hey, you know, these kinds of things happen and know that you can kind of make it up farther down the road.
You know, we’re getting one more day each week isn’t gonna make a huge deal in the grand scheme of things. So keeping, [00:02:00] keeping more of a, I don’t want to just say positive attitude on it, but just like accepting, Hey, you know, this is what, this is what it is, but I’m still gonna make the most of it for starters.
That’s kind, kinda what I’ve been doing. Um, I have to scale a ton with some of our workouts and edit as much as I can, but I still getting in the days what I can. Um, there’s also been times where I just really, really wasn’t feeling the workout. And those, those are the days that you really need to kind of make yourself work out.
But I still, I, I actually just did something close different just so that I would do something because doing anything is better than doing nothing. So there’s been times where either I’ll just do like an easy 30 minutes on the bike or a, I might’ve been like a lifting accessory day, which is harder. Uh, with the equipment that I have now, and I just said F it, I’m just going to go for one cause it’s nice out just so I’m sweating just while I’m doing something.
Um, one of the first days that I was here, my brother and I took a soccer ball out to the field and just kick the ball around for awhile, just for something to do. Uh, so if you’re really hard having a hard time [00:03:00] being consistent and you’re on a program like ours, just doing anything, getting a sweat is better than doing nothing.
Jerred Moon: 100% agree. My answer to this question, I wrote a book and it’s all right here, the whole, I don’t even need to answer it. You just get this book. It’s called killing comfort, and you read it and then you know the answer that it took me a long time to put all my words and thoughts into a, but all jokes aside, get the book, uh, when it comes out, but.
You know, the, the real thing I think is going to be similar to what Joe just said. I think if you’re having trouble being consistent, you know, there’s, there’s two kind of elements at play here. Like, I don’t like for fitness to be this a checklist item of something that you completed in a day. I mean, I really feel that human movement.
It’s just something that should be a part of our day. This is what we need to be programming into our kids. And it’s not like I didn’t get my workout in today. [00:04:00] It’s like you just have to move your body. So what Joe was saying is like at some point, it’s not gonna matter what you’re doing. You need to continue to move your body.
And I think that if you’re really struggling with sticking to a program, then you need to. Kind of probably do a joke set and like drop things down. Like we do blocks, you know, we have five blocks every training day. Like what if you can only get one block today? What if it’s just a warmup block? You know, challenge yourself to get something done, but you have to completely forget about the consistency of the program if you’re having a hard time sticking to something, because if you can’t stick to the program, then nothing else matters.
You kind of have to hit the brakes and it’s like, okay, well we just need you to be doing something, whether it’s one, two, three, four blocks of the program and know that this, all of this is not going to amount to, you know, the exact goal that you had in mind. Cause you’re not doing everything that you need to do, but you’re doing something that’s going to keep you healthy and keep you moving forward and it’s going to help you win those [00:05:00] tiny battles that will eventually lead to success.
And the other part there is. These all do add up over time if you don’t have the energy or time or motivation, and I can just, I could go into each one of these so hardcore, like if you don’t have the energy. Like, why not, you know, is, is your dying off like you were, where are you going? Are you not drinking enough water?
Are you not getting enough sleep? Like, why is your energy level screwed up? There’s probably some answer there. And it’s not just I get tired later in the day. That’s not an acceptable answer. There’s something else going on. If you’re getting too tired to be able to move your body, um, and motivation, like you need to throw that out the window, that’s not even something worth pursuing.
Like. Who cares about motivation. You just need to do something. Each check, do something, you know, like do something every single day. Force yourself to do it. Whether it’s just a warmup. We’ve talked about this on the podcast before, like kind of trick yourself into that. You’re just going to do the warmup that I’m going to go out there.
Do the warmup, come back in, [00:06:00] do the warmup and see where that leads. If you do the warm up and you’re like, I’m going to go back inside, it’s all I actually wanted to do, fine, you did something, but if you do the warm up and you’re like, okay, I’ll do some more, then just get it done. So I, I just think that there’s, there’s so much to unpack.
Um, and what I always say, if people, if people weren’t sticking to thing, you got to throw the program out the window. And the only thing that we can go to after that is behavioral change. Human behavior is very finicky. You only can change human behavior through leadership. Uh, so whether that’s self-leadership or someone leading you, like, uh, like a coach.
So coach or, you know, lead yourself a little bit better. I probably gave like, I don’t know, a hundred different things in that little. Rant of like different ways. You could write all that down and then see if it made sense and then start applying something that. It makes sense for you.
Joe Courtney: Maybe even like on an off day, just just go hang out in your gym for like 30 minutes.
Just go sit on your phone, do something on Instagram, do some work, but just be in your gym so that maybe [00:07:00] another time you’re like, Oh, I should go to my gym. And then you’ll just start working out on those times.
Jerred Moon: Yeah, and I get it. Like life can be, I can be really crazy, but we also don’t need to put this whole movement process on such a pedestal.
Like. Just go get something done. Like we obviously have a big, strong preference for being on a program because we feel like that will get you the results that you want. But I, you know, I, I like a program for someone who’s already going to be consistent and now they’re on a program to see more results.
I feel like that’s where we come in, in this, uh. We’re not here to like, you know, just have you do one thing a day or one time a week. We want some consistency in the program so that if you’re having trouble, they’re like, do what? I don’t care if it’s walking or pushup. Like you need to build that habit of just doing the habit of action and then you can move on to something more like our program.
And if you are in our program and you ask this question because I’m not a hundred percent sure, um. [00:08:00] Just getting in it and everything you can cause there. You know, I’m acting like it’s black and white. They could be getting in three days a week or four days a week. Then I would say, don’t be so damn hard on yourself.
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