Getting out of a training rut

Getting out of a training rut

by Pamela Ng 17 Feb 2020

Training can and is meant to be tough. Even the mightiest of individuals will falter at times. But that doesn’t mean that everything has to come screeching to a halt. If you’re down in the doldrums over what has decidedly been lacklustre sessions in the gym, we’ve got some tips that just might help you out:


1. Find a motivation

As the saying goes, “if you feel like giving up, remember why you started in the first place”. There can be many reasons for training in the first place – perhaps it’s for the sake of physical appearance or it could be because you love the adrenaline rush it gives you. Remembering why you started can give you the motivation to carry on.


2. Switch up your workout

Doing the same workout everyday can be a downer because it can become stale and boring. Instead of stopping your training altogether, consider switching things up a little. It doesn’t have to be anything drastic; different exercise variations or sequences will often do the trick.


3. Have someone with you

Whether it is a friend or a personal trainer, having a buddy in your fitness journey can be instrumental in making continued progress. Working out will seem less tedious, and you guys can feed off the encouragement and energy from one another. The added sense of accountability and knowing that someone’s got your back is also a great feeling to have.


4. Music

If you aren’t enjoying your workouts as much, incorporate some of your favourite tunes while you train. The music can serve as a distraction from any tedium in your workouts while keeping your mood up. Plus, it’d be a welcome respite from the annoying playlist that your gym keeps on loop constantly.


5. Little by little

Embarking on a new training programme can be tough, especially if it’s distinctly different from what you’re used to. Instead of bulldozing your way through and risk slamming into a wall, feel your way through gradually. Consider dropping the total volume by around 30% in the beginning and working your way up progressively. As your body becomes more accustomed to the demands of training, you’ll be able to push harder for longer-lasting results!


It is normal to plateau in different aspects of your life, be it with a career, relationship, or life. Of course, training is no exception. While it may seem tempting to throw in the towel, no one ever made anything of themselves by stopping at the halfway mark. If the mind allows it, the body will follow.