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No Workout Is A Wasted Workout

Amber DeLeal March 10, 2016
No Workout Is A Wasted Workout

I’m not sure if it’s the rainy weather we are having, or the lack of food in my diet catching up to me, but I have been so tired this week!

Maybe it was all the extra carbs I gorged on while enjoying my epic cheat meal over the weekend. 🙂

It has been difficult to get out of bed in the morning and my energy at the gym has been more than lacking… even after two cups of coffee and taking my fat burner supplement!

You would think that after the AMAZING weekend I had, I would be pumped and ready go. But that just hasn’t been the case.

Monday, I got up and went to the gym as usual. I did my fasted cardio and, let me tell you, that was a struggle! That hour doing cardio felt like it took all day and I didn’t even want to finish. I’m happy to say that I did finish it, though I did so reluctantly.

Then I moved on to weights. While I’m usually pretty amped for weights, I could tell it was going to be a struggle to get a good workout in.

It was time to lift and I had hardly any motivation… What a terrible way to start my workout!

Still, I pressed on. I held out hope that lifting would make me feel better and more energized, but for some reason it didn’t. The whole workout seemed to lack intensity and enthusiasm.

It didn’t change. Nothing about my weight training session got better as I continued through my movements.

I wasn’t getting a pump, I wasn’t lifting as much, I wasn’t completing as many reps as usual, and I couldn’t seem to focus. I hate when I can’t get my head in the game! Hate it!

I even tried changing my music about ten times and even that didn’t work. Now that I’m thinking about it, I didn’t try Metallica radio on Pandora. I bet that would have done the trick. It almost always does.

I don’t even know if that would have worked, though, because I was just plain off my game.

What’s The Point, Amber?

If you’re wondering why I’m telling you about a workout that all together sucked, it’s for this reason alone: I PUSHED THROUGH IT!

It was dreadful, but I did it. And anytime you’re feeling the same way, I suggest that you do the same thing.

As awful as it was, it still doesn’t feel near as bad as skipping a workout or giving up halfway through.

Still, the whole rest of my day seemed incomplete. I felt like I needed to do more to work my body to make up for what seemed like a wasted day at the gym.

I contemplated going back to the gym after work, but ultimately figured that would just drive that bent nail even further into the ground. And I really don’t think I could have handled 2 bad workouts in one day!

You know what, though? My workout must not have been as bad as I thought, because I’ve been sore for two days after it.

This is why we push through “bad” workouts. Because even though it feels like nothing good is coming out of it, our bodies are still working and we’re staying consistent. Our muscles don’t know how motivated we are. They only know they’re being worked – and that’s enough for progress to be made.

I’m starting to think that my body worked harder than my mind realized, and the only reason I thought it was a bad workout was because I wasn’t feeling as motivated and couldn’t get out of my bad mood.

Either way, I made it through, and it resulted in some muscle soreness I haven’t felt in my chest in quite some time. The soreness lets me know I did something right, and I’m still on that gainz train, even if everything about it felt forced.

Sometimes our minds or bodies need to be forced when they don’t want to cooperate. It just takes a little determination and self-discipline to push through.

Do yourself a favor the next time your workout is feeling less than stellar and ignore the voice telling you that you’re better off going home and trying again tomorrow. This kind of thinking is wrong and only prevents you from moving closer to achieving your goals.

Push through it and hope the next day’s energy and motivation will be better. No matter what, though, stay on that grind! Don’t lose sight of your goal. Things will soon perk up again. I promise.

You’ll almost always regret a missed workout. But I’ve never heard anyone say they regretted completing a workout. How could they?


Push through. You won’t regret it.

And, remember, no workout is a wasted workout.

Let me know if you’ve ever experienced pushing through an off day at the gym by leaving a comment at the bottom of the page.

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Until next time,

Coach Amber

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