Today marks the beginning of the Summer Olympics. Over the next few weeks, thousands of athletes from all over the world will give it their all and compete for a chance to take home a coveted gold medal.
Although we’re not all vying for Olympic glory, we still need to “shoot for the gold” when it comes to fitness. Not sure how to do that? Here are 3 pointers to get you on track towards success:
Knowing what you’re working toward is very important. Maybe your “gold medal” is looking good for beach season or competing in a physique competition; whatever it is, it will give you the motivation you need to succeed! If you’re a runner, maybe you want to beat a personal record. If it’s a nicer physique you desire, cut out a picture from a fitness magazine and stick it on your fridge. The people in the magazines aren’t superheroes, they’re just everyday people that work hard to look a certain way. If they can do it, so can you!
Set a date.
Olympic athletes have long-term training plans in place so they can be where they need to be long before the starting ceremonies. By setting a specific date, you can do the same thing on a smaller scale. For example, when I pick a competition I want to compete in, I have a specific timeline and it’s easier to stay on track. If you’re just anticipating beach season, you know you have to start busting your butt in the spring. Setting a date to work towards is always a great way to stay motivated.
Crank up the volume.
When it comes to individual workouts, music is a great motivator! At the gym, I love to listen to music that pumps me up and gets me going. When a particularly good song comes on, it gives me the extra push I need to add a few extra reps. Whatever kind of music pumps you up, take it with you to your workout as a motivational tool for success!
Get fitness and sports nutrition tips from personal trainer Deniz Duygulu, an International Federation of BodyBuilders Men’s Physique pro athlete. Like Deniz on Facebook to watch videos demonstrating correct form and for advice on fueling effectively.