Three tips that help with workout accountability

As I walked into my 5 am TRX class this morning, I noticed how much smaller it’s gotten. In fact, the class of 14 had now become a class of five.

That got me to thinking: why in the hell am I up this damn early to workout? I hate mornings.

It would be so easy for me to stay in bed. My knee is still recovering from my meniscus surgery, and I’m scheduled for another grueling rehab session later in the day. And this morning, it was really hard to peel those covers off, eat some peanut butter, drink my pre-workout, get dressed and drive to Ignite.

But after class, it hit me.

This is MY time. This is the time I take for myself to only focus on movement. It’s literally the only time I can get my sweat on—celebrate what my body can do and see how far I can push myself.

After all, work doesn’t get in the way at 5 am. At least not for me. Yet.

As I left the studio, I also noticed how happy I felt. I had just spent the morning with four other women who were challenging themselves. We were joking with one another, shouting words of encouragement over the music, and groaning over the grueling TRX workout that Teran had written for us that day (do pull-ups ever get easier?). And I left energized, and ready to take on the day. And I rocked that day.

Below are a few tips that I use to help me continue to get myself to class. Maybe they’ll help you.

  1. Prepare ahead of time. The night before my class (remember, I go at 5 am), I set out my clothes, prepare my pre-workout drink, have my water bottle ready, and have my coat and keys together near my boots so that all I have to do is get up, get dressed, and go. For a little while, I even slept in my clothes—that waking up at 5 am bit was really challenging for me at the beginning, but now it’s not so bad.

  2. Commit to a goal. Consider signing a contract with yourself, and take it seriously. When you register for your TRX class at Ignite, you have to sign a contract. You’re committing $110 for the next eight weeks to show up twice or three times a week to workout. To push yourself. To test the limits of your strength. One of the questions on that contract asks you what your goals are—take this question seriously. Do you want to be able to do a pull up, or 10? Do you want to be able to hold plank for a minute without dropping to your knees? Whatever it is, set your goal, and then at the end of these eight weeks, see how you did. There’s nothing more motivating than smashing a hard earned goal. Then thinking up what your next goal will be, and smashing that!

  3. Schedule it. No, really. All of the workouts I do are in my phone and calendar at work. So, when someone asks me to get dinner or go to a meeting at 4 pm on Tuesday, I tell them that I can’t make it because I am booked. It’s my Pilates reformer class, but they don’t need to know that. To me, working out deserves the same amount of attention that I’d give any other project that I’m working on.

And, one last thing before I close my computer and hit the sack—after all, I do have class tomorrow morning. I recently read in an email from James Smith, a PT I follow on Facebook/Instagram. The end quote said:

From evolution you can learn that if you expect your environment to adapt for you, you'll die out. If you adapt to your environment, you'll strive. Being scared is good. Comfort zones are not where the magic happens.

There are loads of other ways to hold yourself accountable to work out, but these are the ones that work the best for me. Give ’em a try. What do you have to lose?

Heck, if I missed a good tip, comment in the post, and let me know—maybe I’ll try it; if you try one of my tips.



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