Motivation and Focus

At Idaho Fitness Factory we understand that Motivation for working out can be elusive at times.  We have found two main types of motiviation in our lives:

Negative motivation.  This type of motiviation is usually born out of guilt.  This morning, after a big Thanksgiving day, I felt like I had better get to the gym to work off all the food and treats I ate yesterday.  I had to stop that thought and remember the reason I go to the gym.  NOBODY likes to be motivated by guilt.  So please don't workout because you put something in your mouth. 

Team events!


Quoting Dickins, "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times".  This last weekend I spent an awesome time in chilly Las Vegas running in a team endurance event.  Relay teams ran, walked, or crawled over 197 miles over a two day period with little rest or reprieve from the bone chilling wind.  Injury, exhaustion, or the lack of nutrition and hydration would not validate the desire to give up.  Someone had to cover those miles!

Workout entertainment

Lets face it, working out can sometimes be boring.  Be it a 30 min quick weight training session or a long cardio day our brains/minds sometimes are NOT focused on the workout.  It is always a good idea for our bodies to shake up the workout, to cause muscle confusion, and to change scenery.  I have found that triathlon training has helped with mental focus but sometimes I need another distraction while working out.  


I started training for 5k's and 10k's on my treadmill in the basement.  After about a week I had to put cable tv down there.  I would watch soccer games on mute so I didn't have to turn the volume up so much.  That was fun but then I started training for a half marathon.  2 hours (on my long days) running on a treadmill is torture, no matter who is playing on the soccer field.  I connected to Netflix to watch a movie, I listened to music, sometmes I tried to talk on the phone.  Some of that worked some of the time.  




This time of year we ready ourselves for New Years Resolutions but I try not to make any until I have given serious thought about the things for which I am thankful.  It doesn't have to be something that happened this year just something for which I am thankful.  

I have so much to be thankful for this year.  My family is healthy, we have a comfortable home, we have jobs, we can pay our bills and save for a "rainy day", we have friends who mean the world to us, and a growing faith.  These people and things are very important to me and I want to make sure that they remain so and it makes setting a new goal for the coming year easier.  

Turning Points

In the transition to an active lifestyle you will face a few "turning points".  You know, the times when you finally make your actions reflect your knowledge.  Many of us know:

What a good diet looks like.

That in order to lose lbs. our calorie burn needs to exceed our intake. 

That after a workout we feel great and have more focus. 

That working out with a friend is more fun. 

That an event or deadline helps motivate more than a vague image. 

That vegetables are GOOD for us. 

That self-confidence grows with a positive self image.

Squat Depth- The Final Answer-T Nation

Here's what you need to know...

1.  All squatters are different. Therefore, all squatters will squat differently.

2.  Stop forcing yourself through painful squat depths without any rhyme or reason.

3.  Don't cheat the tests below. And don't continue to squat with potentially debilitating depths and setups.

4.  The clear-cut requisite to a safe squat pattern is a neutral spine throughout the full range of motion.


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