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Mental Hacks for Pushing Through Difficult Training Sessions

Hey Angels and Alphas,

Having a tough training session in the gym is normal, especially when you’re pushing yourself hard to see results. But if you’re consistently putting in the work and still not seeing those results, it can be really discouraging and can make it even harder to get through your next workout.

If this sounds like you, don’t worry! There are ways to change your mindset when it comes to working out and help yourself push through difficult workouts so that you can make progress towards your goals more quickly. Here are five mental hacks for pushing through a difficult training session!

1) Take it one set at a time

When you’re in the middle of a tough training session, it can feel like you’ll never make it to the end. But the key is to take it one set at a time. Don’t focus on how many sets you have left, just focus on getting through the next one. And before you know it, you’ll be done and you’ll be asking for more. 

At the start of your workout, you might do a hard set and think about how much more you’ve got left to do. When you focus on what’s in front and you tunnel vision on getting the next set done, you’ll find that it’s much easier to go through a difficult workout.

2) Accept imperfection

It’s okay to have an off day, or even an off week. You’re not perfect, and that’s okay. In fact, it’s perfectly normal. What matters is that you get back on track as soon as possible and don’t let one bad day turn into a bad month.  

We all experience ups and downs in our fitness levels, just like we experience bad and good workouts, but the most important thing is to not allow your emotions overtake you. Don’t focus on what could be better–focus on what IS good right now. Accept that sometimes, you might have a mediocre or even unproductive workout. And that’s okay!

3) Remind yourself why you’re doing this

It’s important to have a clear and concise reason for why you’re working out in the first place. Whether it’s to improve your overall health, lose weight, or get stronger, knowing your why will help you push through when the going gets tough. Break your goal down into smaller, more manageable pieces. 

When you have a huge goal, it can be daunting and overwhelming. But it can also be motivating and inspiring. You choose how to look at things and where to draw motivation from. Your goal is one of the best places to do so.

4) Set an endpoint for each set

1. It’s important to have an endpoint in mind when you’re starting a set. Whether it’s reps or time, knowing when you’ll be done will help you push through the tough moments. 

2. Set a goal for each set and don’t let yourself stop until you reach it. This will help you stay focused and push through any fatigue you’re feeling. 

3. Stay positive and repeat a mantra that will help you push through. The more positive self-talk you have, the easier it will be to push through a difficult set. 

4. Focus on your breathing and make sure you’re taking deep, calming breaths. This will help your body relax and make it easier to push through the stress.

5) Find a pumped up playlist

When it comes to working out, music can be a powerful tool to help you push through a difficult training session. It can help you get in the zone, distract you from pain, and give you the extra boost of energy you need to power through. 

So make sure to have a go-to playlist of pumped up songs that will help you get through even the toughest workout.

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