For a high majority of today’s fitness world, their motivation is fueled by cute motivational memes (think Pinterest) and the alluring promises of a 5-day shred. But those sources have one major flaw: their motivation is only temporary.
That inspirational quote or false promise will only get you through your first set of squats. Once the mental and physical pain of your workout kicks in, those sources of “motivation” will quickly lose their importance.
How can you get lasting motivation? Take Artemis Scantalides‘s advice.
In a recent Instagram post, Artemis explained her reason for training to become the fittest, strongest version of herself.
After reading the emergency procedures guide on an airplane, Artemis experienced something that is extremely rare after reading those mind-numbing, yet very important, instructions — she was excited!
According to the instructions, in the case of an emergency, Artemis would have to lift a 50-lb. airplane door. That 50-lb. is the exact amount of weight that Artemis uses in her regular kettlebell training.
Needless to say, Artemis was beyond prepared for an emergency! So, in the words of Artemis, “What do I train for? LIFE. THIS is why we lift.”
Check out Artemis’s 22 kg. (50 lb.) kettlebell presses in the video below:
During my talk at the @perform_better Summit last weekend in Chicago I quoted @bretcontreras1, “If you think lifting weights is dangerous, try being weak. Being weak is dangerous.” I went on to talk about how it’s so important for us to have purposeful strength, as strength is freedom in that it builds confidence and independence and helps us to be strong enough so that we are capable of completing challenging physical tasks on our own. // I referenced a story about how last spring I was seated in the exit row on a plane on the way back from teaching my workshop “I Am Not Afraid To Lift” in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After I sat down on the plane I looked up to read what I would have to do in case of an emergency and discovered that I would have to lift the airplane door that weighed 22kg (~50lbs). I was so excited because I press and pull 22kg in my training on a regular basis for reps so I knew that would be no problem. (22kg presses from today’s training shown in this video…) // What do I train for? LIFE. THIS is why we lift. // I will be teaching I Am Not Afraid To Lift, The Power Of Mindset Edition with Dr. Lisa Lewis @lilew13 on November 6, 2016 @ironbodystudios in Boston. Click on the link in my bio above to register under ‘EVENTS’ ?? #unsexymethods #sexyresults #fountainofyouth #strength #training #freedom #girlswholift #ladieswholift #notafraidtolift #kettlebells #press #pbfts #chicago #boston
Next time that you’re feeling unmotivated, don’t turn to temporary motivation. Instead, try re-evaluating your personal reasons for training.
We’re confident that re-evaluation will keep your motivation healthy and constantly flowing!
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If you train for life like Artemis, start training with her at the Iron Body Studios premium workout group! Since she shares the same source of motivation as you, Artemis and the Iron Body team know exactly how to help you train for whatever life throws at you.
Video credit: ironbodybyartemis