There’s a reason that celebrities look so good all the time: personal trainers.
The positive effect a personal trainer can have on your fitness goals really cannot be understated.
While having them on hand to craft a personal workout for you is going to see good results, the motivation aspect of a personal trainer is where you really see the big ones.
Having someone to keep you going, keep pushing you past your comfort zone, and perhaps most importantly, getting you to do the workout in the first place is hugely beneficial.
The fact of the matter is we can’t all afford to have a real life personal trainer but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a motivation boost during your workout. Instead of a flesh and blood trainer why not try the audio version?
Listening to a motivational podcast or audio book can help keep you on track and give you the headspace to go further for longer or get through a particular repetitious series of reps.
What you listen to doesn’t need to be overtly fitness focused, although if you do want to mirror a personal trainer to the max why not try “The Abs Diet” or “The 90 Day Home Work Out Guide” for a guided workout that will keep you engaged.
The other option is to choose a motivational story such as “Never Give Up”.
Finding a discipline specific soundtrack for your workout can also be incredibly helpful, “Fat Man to Green Man” really helped me through marathon training.
The great thing about audiobooks and podcast is the sheer variety and volume of them.
A fitness themed one for when you are taking your fitness seriously isn’t for everyone so why not try a bit of escapism or comedy?
Let’s be honest we all wish that we had a bit more time in the day and multitasking is now pretty much a necessity of life so get your read on through your ears while you get your burn on. I listen to novels and documentary’s while I work out.
Not only do I feel that bit more cultured after my work out I like to think that focusing on the audio book while working out helps improve my muscle memory of knowing why comes next in the workout.
Comedy podcasts are my go to when I’m doing particularly grueling toning exercises.
I had an instructor many years ago who would bark at us to smile and even fake laugh as we embarked on yet another set of arm circles, true the laughter often verged on the near hysterical when we heard her say “2 more sets” but the endorphins released by the smiling and laughing did give us an undeniable boost.
Fake laughing by yourself might give you somewhat of a reputation in the gym so I understand if you don’t want to give it a try, listen to some genuinely funny material instead, no one will look at you sideways for the occasional snicker and comedy truly is one of the world’s greatest distractions.
If you want to add an audio boost to your routine you can get a free trial for audiobooks by clicking here, try out a variety of different genres and options to find out what works best for you.
A word of caution: listening to audio, whatever it may be; music, books, commentary should only be used when you are in a safe place and are very confident and comfortable with your workout.
Being distracted while learning a new routine or trying out a different configuration of machines for the first time is not recommended.