Unmotivated to Train?

In our group Whatsapp chat, the #Trybe team is always talking about training. On one hand, we’re exhausted from running around helping our students and clients. On the other, we love making time together to move and train as a team.

For us, it’s not just about working out.  We define by doing. We love what we do although most days, we fall short of our own training programs and expectations.

Here are some of our personal favorite strategies for dealing with the days where you just don’t want to step foot into the gym or when stress is at an all time high and motivation..at all time low.


1) Don’t Treat It Like A Workout

Truth be told, aesthetics only take you so far. Looking good naked makes you feel great for..2.5 seconds. Then you’re back to boring, grinding workouts at the gym where you look at the clock every 2 minutes wanting to get out of there.

Don’t do that to yourself. Find a physical activity you enjoy. Aim for a goal that matters so deeply to you that you cannot help that desire to work at it everyday.

Look for people who understand, motivate, and accept you for who you are now, instead of who you strive to be.

Look for people who understand, motivate, and accept you for who you are now, instead of who you strive to be.

#Trybe Tip:  Find a physical activity you enjoy and aim to do it at least twice a week. In Hong Kong, there are lots of great options, ranging from aerial classes to yoga and Crossfit to acroyoga in the park! When you don’t have time for it, then reach for the next convenient ‘workout’ option.


2) Take Care of Yourself

Are you tired because you haven’t slept enough and are overworked? Have you been ignoring those nagging injuries that keep showing up? How are you nourishing your body and your relationships? Stress is a huge reason why we don’t show up for ourselves and our workouts. Training can indeed be a luxury for some people who have to deal with the trifeca stress of job commitments, family obligations, and personal injuries.

Start by eliminating the roadblocks and then proceed to carve out ‘me-time slowly but surely.

Start by eliminating the roadblocks and then proceed to carve out ‘me-time slowly but surely.

#Trybe Tip: Don’t try to do everything at once. Pick the top 3 things you want to accomplish in your physical training for 30, 60, and 90 days and start with that first. Making an inch of progress is better than staying at a plateau. Also, consider reaching out to someone to help you stay accountable or family and friends who have been there before.


3) Trust in the Process

So you’ve made a training program, found people to help you, and not encountering any injuries or setbacks so far. But you don’t see progress either. What gives?

Unfortunately we humans run on human time. Change may be constant but it is not always noticeable. The uncertainty that we are not making any progress towards our goals can be crippling but take heart, have faith, and stay patient.

You already took the first step, so keep taking them

You already took the first step, so keep taking them

#Trybe Tip: Talk to your coaches and teachers about the problems you are seeing and get a new perspective. Try a different class or work a similar skill set, for instance, trying out your handstand skills in a floorwork class or gymnastic strength in an aerial training session. Perhaps break down your goals in smaller, more easily achievable chunks and look at progress in a different light.

In short: don’t stress out. Really...don’t. Movement is a lifelong journey and you have the rest of your life to achieve your dreams. Trust in the process and write down why you started this journey in the first place.  Keep trusting yourself.

When it comes to movement, we are only limited by our imagination.