Going through this challenge I’ve found myself struggling to remain motivated. Not in the very broad sense of having fitness motivation, but being motivated to actually put in the work when the work sucks. Of course I’m motivated to beat Jared and to become a beast, but staying motivated enough to wake up early and put in the workout hours can be difficult. As mentioned in previous blog posts, I have a hard time staying interested. I get bored easily, and hate doing something for an extended amount of time that isn’t interesting or exciting. Since currently my workouts suck because I’m so fat and out of shape, I have to find ways to keep myself pumped and focused on long-term results.
While beating Jared and money is a strong motivator, these are also motivators that are easy to put aside. When I need to wake up in the morning early enough to get in a workout it’s easy to go back to sleep when I know I still have a year until the end of the challenge. I can justify it to myself by knowing that there is still so much time between now and when I actually have to be in shape.
This can be a huge detriment to my success essentially because the Bro2Beast Challenge has recurring fitness challenges that are required for overall victory. In order to fight my lack of fitness motivation, I am constantly looking for ways to keep myself pumped up, and I’ve found some great resources. Here are my go-to hype resources for fitness motivation.
Fitness Motivation on YouTube
Have you ever watched a hype video? These are the videos often put out by sports teams that are meant to highlight the hard work put into being a successful beast. Over the years they have become much more prominent in that they have a longer shelf life than a limited sports season. Now teams can reach a huge audience with a hype video to keep fans fired up.
Dallas Cowboys Finish This Fight Hype Video
Being a Dallas Cowboys fan can be a struggle, but this year has given us reason to be pumped up. Going into the playoffs with a first week bye and coming off an amazing season has given Cowboys fans an awesome reason to be hyped up. This brings us to the #FinishThisFight hashtag and video.
Even if you’re not a Cowboys fan, I guarantee your team has an awesome hype video. Obviously, professional sports are driven by the support of their fans, so it is imperitive that teams are constantly keeping their fans amped up. I’d recommend checking out your teams YouTube or social media channels for that bit of motivation.
Spartan Race – How Bad Do You Want It?
If you haven’t heard of the Spartan Race, then you’re missing out on seeing some absolutely crazy stuff. Jared and I are considering using a Spartan Race as our end of year challenge. This thing is insane though. It combines a running challenge with insane obstacles. I don’t have much experience with competitions like this, but it seems like something that will be the ultimate fitness and mental challenge. Check out one of their hype videos to see some of the challenges. It’s no joke.
YouTube Motivational Videos
If you don’t have a sports team to get you amped up, don’t discourage. There are YouTube videos out there that are straight up inspirational powerhouses. Below are a few of my personal favorites that I regularly revisit for some fitness motivations.
Why Do We Fall
If find these particularly motivating because they apply to everything that is hard. They are all focused on spreading the message that it takes hard work to be successful. It’s not just for those struggling with fitness motivation, but for anyone who has a goals. If you want to be successful, you have to work for it. If you want to be the best, you have to be willing to put in the time and efforts. Success looks like hard work and dedication. That’s the underlying message, and there’s no denying the importance of that message.
The King of Fitness Motivation
I would be remiss to have a post about YouTube fitness motivation without mentioning the great CT Fletcher. If this guy doesn’t get you fired up for a workout, then you may be lost. I cannot watch one of the videos on his YouTube channel without feeling like a worthless sack of crap. Even if I’ve just finished a workout, this guy makes you want to give more. I’d highly recommend subscribing to his channel, and if you want to watch a great documentary while doing your next cardio set check out “My Magnificent Obsession” on Netflix. Be warned though, if you think you’re giving your all now, you’ll have serious doubts after watching this man. Check out the trailer below.
I hate cardio on a treadmill. Seriously, I would rather be punched in the face than spend 30 minute on a treadmill. The problem is that my current fitness level dictates that I have to put in the time doing slow and painful cardio. To help myself get through some of the longer workouts, I’ve started watching a lot of fitness documentaries and movies on my Apple iPad Mini. Here are some of the most effective things I’ve been watching throughout the first few weeks of the Bro2Beast Challenge.
The Barkely Marathons: The Race That Eats its Young
I had never heard of the Barkley Marathons until I came across it on Netflix. This event is no joke. Seriously, it’s absolutely stupid. I found myself so engrossed while watching this documentary that the time on the treadmill absolutely flew by. Here’s a synopsis from the website:
“A famous prison escape sparks the idea for a cult-like race that has seen only 10 finishers in its first 25 years. This award-winning, oddly inspiring, and wildly funny documentary reveals the sports world’s most guarded secret.”
This documentary will really put your workouts in perspective. It’s also good to see people who are insanely fit have their asses kicked by a monumental event. While I struggle to finish slow and painful cardio sessions, I imagine that I’m competing along side these ultra athletes.
Fittest on Earth: The Story of the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games
If you’ve done any research on workouts, or interact with anyone who in into fitness, you’ve probably heard of CrossFit. CrossFit is a training system that’s gained massive popularity over the past few years, and it’s no joke. The CrossFit Games are another example of events that will destroy world-class athletes. This 2015 documentary follows elite competitors vying for the title of “Fittest on Earth.” This is a film that shows superb athletes put themselves to the test by competing in an insane fitness challenge. I’d highly recommend watching it if you’re curious about elite level competition.
While watching videos during workout session serves as effective fitness motivation, I also find myself drawn to in depth stories about lone individuals who do inspiring things. I’m a book lover, and I have a few go-to reads that offer some motivation for staying on track.
This is a book about a guy who starts out obese and uses an insane cycling program to turn his life around. What I find most interesting about this story is that he isn’t offering any training advice, but admits that his approach to getting in shape is not recommended. He follows a plan that is horrible advice, but he’s ultimately driven by a desire to achieve his goal. It’s the hard work and determination message that resonates so strongly with me. It’s comforting to suffer with someone else, and it’s refreshing to read something that chronicles someone’s struggle for success. I’d definitely recommend to anyone who is starting out from the bottom.
I picked this book up years ago because I’m fascinated by a guy who runs hundreds of miles. I hate running, but I’m inspired by those who suffer through events that don’t seem humanly possible. When I read about people like Dean Karnazes, I’m motivated to get through my painful 30 minutes of treadmill time. If someone out there can run 100 miles at a time through some of the most grueling conditions, then bet your ass I can knock out 30 minutes on the treadmill.
If you’re into books instead of videos, I would recommend checking out some of these books on an e-reader. I personally use an Amazon Kindle Paperwhite for my reading, and an e-reader is perfect for reading on a treadmill. You don’t have to worry about turning pages or keeping the book open. You can also adjust the size of the text so you’ll be able to easily read the text.
I recommend using whatever fitness motivation works for you. The best approach for me is using a combination of motivational tools. If you just use a single motivational resource, you might find yourself skipping workouts or giving in to cravings. When you’re like me and want to truly become a beast, you have to find a way to keep yourself on track.
If you have an example of some awesome fitness motivation that I’ve missed here, please let me know. The struggle is real, and I’ll take any help I can get to be victorious in the Bro2Beast challenge.