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Lack of Motivation

When things aren’t going your way at the gym and maybe also in other parts of your life, it might just be time to make some changes.

I recently hit a minor roadblock with my training where motivation was fairly low, so I made the move to simplify things for myself and focus on the important aspects of my training routine. Namely the actual lifting.

I was logging my workouts on two web sites (bodybuilding.com forums and Fitocracy) along with the handwritten notepad I take to the gym with me. Then I also plugged the workouts into spreadsheets to analyze how efficient my training was. While this is a solid approach and being part of online fitness communities may be fun and worthwhile to learn new things, it was just taking too much time and lifting started to feel like a job when it’s really just supposed to be a hobby I enjoy.

I noticed that this added stress in my life and made lifting less fun, so I’ve cut back and only keep my handwritten log now. I try to still get some efficiency out of my training, but mainly I depend on a few base parameters and let auto-regulation do the rest for me. At some point, I will probably be willing to analyze training data again and go back to plugging things into spreadsheets, etc. That time is not right now.

I have also cut back on my extra workouts a bit. Mainly foam rolling and stretching. While I think these things are extremely important and have a lot of benefits, I was foam rolling and stretching my entire body daily. Now I do it with a 2 on, 1 off system. Day 1: Upper Body Stretch & Roll, Day 2: Lower Body Stretch & Roll, Day 3: OFF. I still do a general warmup with mostly dynamic stretches before lifting, but I don’t spend an extra hour a day stretching and foam rolling anymore.

I’d say I dropped cardio, but I really haven’t done much cardio in the traditional sense in a while. I still walk for an hour a day with my dog.

Other than that, I took on a new project for work which occupies quite a bit of time. This might seem counterproductive to reducing stress, but my stress was mainly coming from all the shit I was doing training-related. This switches that up a bit.

I also haven’t updated this site too much as a result of all this, but I will try to publish articles more regularly again going forward. No promises though.


Right Now

After a couple weeks of no tracking and less fitness-related activity on the Internet, I can truly say I feel refreshed with my training and thoroughly enjoy going to the gym again. I have plans to start building my own garage gym in the near future. (Hopefully this spring. I’ll do my best to make that happen!)


As always, this is all just my opinion. Do whatever you think is best for you.

Powerlifting Motivation Video – Light The Fire Beneath You

If this doesn’t give you goosebumps, I don’t know what to tell you…

Accept Challenges

In the video below, Elliott Hulse answers a viewer’s question about replacing squats in a 5×5 program. I assume it’s something like Reg Park’s 5×5, StrongLifts 5×5, Madcow’s 5×5 or maybe even Texas Method, but that’s not really the issue being discussed in the video. I’ve added some cliffs and personal notes under the video. (And no, you cannot replace squats in these programs.)

Cliffs and Personal Notes:

If something is difficult and presents a challenge to you, do it. (Within reason of course. Don’t try to jump off a bridge because you’d like to be able to fly and expect to make it work.)

If your knees hurt from squatting, it’s likely a mobility, stability, muscle imbalance and/or strength imbalance issue. Figure out what’s causing the problem, fix it and continue to squat. A nice resource for fixing just about any lifting-related issue you might have (unless you require surgery or just have a disability that completely rules out some lifts) is Kelly Starrett’s ‘Supple Leopard‘ book.


Approach all difficult situations with this mindset of putting in your best effort to overcome obstacles and you will succeed in life as a whole.

The dedication and ability to effectively solve problems are two characteristics that can be honed in the gym. The newly acquired discipline and will to achieve a goal can easily carry over to other areas of your life.