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How to Dig Your Way Out of a Fitness Rut


You love working out. You really do. You love the results, the sweat, the work and the gym!

However lately it has been harder than usual to motivate yourself to get your butt to the gym and really push yourself the extra percentage to get the gains you want.

Ever go to the gym and have a workout that be considered…well a little bit of a “waste of time”?

I have – and I hate it. The number one reason for this horrible phenomenon (also known as : “the fitness rut” amongst other things) can be attributed to low energy levels, which is ultimately caused by OVERWORK.


This includes, but is not limited to, the work, food preparation, cardio sessions, commuting, training, worrying about the kids,  driving…

the list can really go on forever unfortunately. So what is a usually committed fitness female to do?

Here are some Tips:

Try something new other than your usual weights/cardio routine.

Try a dance class, a yoga class, a pump class or even a spin class. Do it for fun, it will take some of the pressure off.

Get more sleep.

Try to schedule your day so you can get to bed earlier and actually get some rest. Your last of motivation may just be your body’s way of saying that it needs more shut eye.

Check out what eating and supplementation has been like.

Have you been relying on too much caffeine and you end up with an energy plummet before your workout time? Maybe try switching out what time of the day you workout.

Read some motivational articles (like right here on

This will help get you emotionally back in the groove!

Take some time off from the gym.

…Let yourself miss it a little bit.

It’s okay to feel like you are in a rut of sorts when trying to achieve your fitness goals. It can be tough to always be “on”. Know that it’s quite all right to be human and that your motivation. If anything, fitness comes with its own community of support systems that are all ready to provide advice and support if you reach out and ask for it. We have all been there.

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Lunges & Love

I have an amazing relationship with the weights. They are always there when I need them, push me beyond my standard limits, make me a better individual and they don’t mind getting banged around a little. Unfortunately for some of us Muscle Bombshells™, sometimes a relationship may suffer as a result of the amazing relationship that we have with the weights.

This can especially be the case if your partner simply does not adhere to the health and fitness lifestyle that you have chosen for yourself. They may simply not understand the fact that you have to wake up at 5am on most days just to squeeze a workout or a morning step mill session in. And they think of you as being “obsessed” for turning down cheesecake for asparagus and dry chicken. After all, they love you. They already think of your body as perfect – or they should!, so how can you improve upon perfection? (We all know that we will always be trying to do this!) They may not quite understand the love of the sweat, the sacrifice and the utter satisfaction that can come after months of hard work for an ultimate

I have a little bit of luck in this department, as my partner happens to be a competitive bodybuilder. But even with this, it can still be hard in the depletion phase of contest prep not to have fights over absolutely nothing. It is also helpful to note that the prep for a man can be quite a differing emotional experience than one of a woman. So there still can be issues with integrating fitness into a committed relationship.

How do you balance that very demanding relationship you have with the weights with the one that you have with your partner? I have compiled a few tips that may help:

  • Find another hobby that you both enjoy (non fitness related) and indulge in that on a weekly basis. Something like cooking class, or jazz music, a new type of dance or learning to bartend.
  • Help your partner understand how fitness is so important to you on more than just a physical level. Communicate effectively!
  • Have a cheat night out and let them help you plan it.
  • Do not force fitness or your lifestyle on them. It must be a personal choice and they will not take to nagging.

The best thing to do is to make sure that you make time for that special person in your life in the same way you carve out time in your busy day for cardio or that ridiculous workout. We need love in our life to help support us in achieving our goals, so it is important to take care of those relationships as well as our bodies!

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