For a lot of guys, working out is a necessary evil. It keeps us from looking like human veal, which women tend to appreciate. But it can also be mind-numbingly boring — and that can sap your will to hit the gym. Which means you start looking like human veal, which means you need to get motivated.
Yes, you can make a high-energy playlist, hire a personal trainer (if you can afford one), and pick a cardio machine that’s near a TV. But we’ve got a list of things that can be even more helpful in keeping you motivated — and that can make your workouts far more effective.
TIP #1: CHANGE YOUR WORKOUTS REGULARLY
Switch your workouts around every few weeks or whenever you feel like you’re no longer seeing results (muscleheads refer to that as plateauing). Mix up the exercises, sets, reps, rest periods, level of intensity, length of time, and number of days you train; it’s called the muscle-confusion principal. (Yes, even your muscles can get confused.)
And you can do this automatically by signing up for the Muscle & Fitness Trainer. It’s free, and depending on what you want to do — build muscle, lose weight, get bigger guns than Mr. Olympia — it’ll build you personal workouts. If you don’t check in and train when you’re scheduled to, the M&F Trainer will send a message to your friends and family to let them know. You might not feel guilty for eating Funyons and watching Netflix instead of going to the gym, but you’ll definitely feel annoyed when you’re bombarded with Facebook posts from people busting your chops for bring a loafer.