Even the most driven and successful people feel unmotivated at times. When it comes to training, you may find that you are more motivated on some days over others. It is normal to occasionally feel unmotivated when going to the gym. You aren’t failing just because you lack motivation.

You have only failed if you let the lack of motivation beat you and stop you from training. However, it is okay to fall and just becuase you give in to the feeling once does not mean you have to quit forever. You can change the state of things at any time.

After all, in the words of the great Muhammad Ali: “I hated every minute of training, but I said ‘Don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.” 

If you train with the typical bodybuilder routine, two body parts a day, you may find more motivation when training a certain part. For example these days I find I am least motivated on back day and most motivated on chest day.

This is simply because chest involves lots of enjoyable pressing motions. In particular, bench press which is one of my favourite exercises. Put simply, it is the most enjoyable day.

Back day on the other hand, is hard gritty work. However, every time you do it is a little victory in itself. There are other reasons for a lack of motivation. It could be anything including: lack of sleep, health, personal issues.

Motivation is just a sensation that comes in waves, it should not have an impact on your good habits. You have to keep going on the days that you don’t want to and enjoy the motivation when it comes. Try and love what you are doing and find ways to even when you don’t.

 

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