Are you sick and tired of doing the same workout over and over? It’s common to grow extremely bored after a few weeks or months of daily repetition, and boredom is the worst enemy of fitness. After all, if you’re bored, you’re less likely to put your whole heart into the workout! If you want to switch things up, here are some ways to make your workouts fun again:
Exchange Machines for Weights or Vice Versa
If you spend the majority of your time working with free weights, give the machines some use for a week or two. The workout will be vastly different, and you’ll find that you recruit the muscles in a brand new way. Or, if you’re stuck on the machines all the time, try incorporating a few new free weight exercises. Basically, work out in a different way with different exercises, and it will help to beat the boredom!
Try a New Workout Method
Are you stuck on a certain way of working out? Maybe you follow the same rhythm as you lift, or you work out your muscles in a certain pattern. Whatever it is, give it a change. There is more than one way to skin the proverbial cat, and you can get in shape using dozens of different workout methods. Change things up for at least a month, and you’ll avoid boredom.
Change Up Reps
Do you primarily train for strength? Perhaps you’re not making as much progress as you could thanks to the fact that your muscles have very little endurance. Spend a couple of weeks working low weight, high rep sets, helping to increase your stamina. Or, if you’re primarily training for SERIOUS strength, change your sets from 4-6 reps to 12-15 reps. You’ll still build strength, but you’ll recruit different muscle fibers–ensuring you have better overall muscle power.
Isolate and Combine
What type of exercises do you do? Are you doing a lot of isolation exercises (bicep curls, leg extensions, leg curls, etc.)? Try doing more exercises that combine multiple muscles into one movement (Squat Presses, Lunge-Curl-Presses, etc.). Or, if you do a lot of multi-muscle movements, try a few isolation exercises for a while. You won’t develop overall strength as efficiently, but you’ll shred the muscles in a new way.
This may sound almost sacrilegious, but it’s worth a shot. After all, you’re often bored with just your surroundings, and doing the same workout in the same place feels like going through the motion. Working out at a new gym will expose you to a new atmosphere, and you’ll find different machines to use–plus a whole new crop of lifters who are trying to get in shape alongside you.
Sometimes it’s good to STOP lifting altogether for a few weeks, and instead enjoy another type of exercise. Sports, extreme outdoor activities, and other forms of exercise can burn just as many calories, but the novelty of these new exercises will make it easier for you to stay interested. By the time you get back to the gym, you’ll be inspired and ready to hit it hard again.
Follow the Clock
One reason you may be bored at the gym is because you’re spending more time resting between sets than you should. If you do the workout with minimal rest, you won’t have time to get bored! Count 30 seconds between each set, and start the work on Second 31. Do not let yourself go over that 30-second mark, and you’ll get through your workout much more quickly.