Workout Motivation – What To Do When You Don’t Feel Like Training?


I’m constantly asked how to get motivated to train.

People must think I have super powers and always have workout motivation / training motivation.

Yes, I am ALMOST always fired up. Almost, being the key word.

Sometimes I feel like hammered shit…. I can only imagine.6So, there is something I understand about the mind and the body that most people don’t realize.

This is it:

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In a nut shell, the body wants to be weak and lazy. It is up to your MIND, to change what the body becomes.

As you can see through the video, I find motivation and inspiration through reading, watching movies, videos and seeing what other great people on this earth are capable of.

This constantly reminds me that we have no excuse and we are capable of so much more.

Drop a comment below with what you do to get fired up, motivated and inspired, even when you feel like hammered shit!

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  1. Dustin W says

    Twice, or more pending schedule I will drive to a facility to work on my olympiv lifts. If I feel like the lifts are not going well I go to kickers. Some say it is because I am good at them, but for me they are my happy place. I don’t like leaving feeling pissed or defeated. That breeds a defeatist mind so I set out to conquer my big lifts. Deadlift, bench and back squat. The big three. Sometimes I feel so good after them mentally that I go back to my olympic lifts and lift more than I planned.
    Good stuff!

  2. says

    Zach I totally agree. This is something that I’ve noticed for years. For whatever reason if I can talk myself to pull that bar off the ground for deadlifts I always start feeling better.

    For some reason human nature tells us this is not the case, but in fact once the blood starts pumping and the nervous system gets dialed in it makes you feel better. It’s literally a natural high.

    Thanks again for sharing Zach. Nice article.

    • Zach says

      I think human nature wants us to be lazy, to be followers, to conform and to be weak

      Some of us rage against the norms and that’s where I feel best, FAR from the norms!

  3. says

    I try to always keep my goals in mind. Sometimes my job may require me to stay awake for up to two full 24 hour days at a time so I just make sure I am reading and watching good things. And as crazy as this may sound, if I hear that voice saying just rest and take it easy, I mentally and sometimes out loud give myself an ass chewing that starts out with “stop being such a bitch and just do it”. lol works every time! After all nobody really cares what you do when your alone so the only person cheated is yourself….

  4. Justin says

    Lifting heavy and old school is always a great way to get fired up. I can remember finishing one of the first gladiator project workouts and feeling like I could crush anything. Also if I need a bit more, pulling out one of the underground videos always helps. Whether its Zach or one of the other posted videos, the underground is an endless supply of inspiration!

  5. David Ellis says

    I love where you call out people for using “scientific reasoning” to justify not working hard.

    Being lazy is being lazy even if you call it something fancy.

    • Zach says

      David Ellis, brotha, we know ALL too well what it takes to crush it after 6 years of training together!

      Excuses? There is rarely ever a good one!

  6. says

    By nature i am lazy! I hate it, but there is always comfort in lazy, no cares, just me, my potato chips, and some beer! THEN i read ur articles and buy ur programs and it propels me to eat my chips while i squat and drink my beer between my sets! Jk for the potato chips and beer haha but seriously, the way u stay positive and make me feel positive by simply reading what u say makes a huge difference everyday! Im about to include some bodyweight stuff i bought from u! Cant wait! And eat my chips and drink my beer whilst i do it all!!!! UR THE MAN ZACH!

  7. Skip L Ralls says

    Your so on time. Thank you.

    “Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.”
    Israelmore Ayivor

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