The Fitness Zone
Australian Institute of Fitness ambassador and one of Australia’s top Personal Trainers Michelle Bridges is famous for her no-nonsense approach to motivation. “As a Personal Trainer but also as a human being,” Michelle says, "we all know you can't always be motivated all the time, and that's okay!"
It's no secret Michelle feels motivation is often “overrated,” so we wondered what Michelle advocates instead? With ten seasons of The Biggest Loser Australia behind her, and countless 12WBT and personal client success stories, we figured Michelle must have a pretty good replacement. Read on for her top five alternatives to chasing everlasting motivation, in or out of the gym.
1. Just Own It
“I see the fear in people’s eyes” Michelle says “when they think to themselves ‘My God!! I'm not motivated - the world is about to end!’” Michelle says she realised that this obsession with motivation had become the latest excuse that people weren’t getting the results they wanted. “So I decided to try and shift my client’s way of thinking” she adds “and told them to just show up and be honest about however they are feeling.”
2. Be Consistent Instead
“Some days you'll tear the place apart others you will simply go through the motions” Michelle admits. However, once she shifting the focus to clients simply showing up rather than how they felt about it, surprisingly client success rates spiked. “Change the conversation to one about consistency” she says “and people started to relax, their perspective changes and they feel less shackled to the whole motivation thing.”
3. Test The Beliefs You’re Holding Onto
Often people have learned reasons why they can or cannot do something but have no supporting evidence Michelle says. These “truths” rather than your motivation is what truly needs testing. “And once I assist someone to start questioning these beliefs” Michelle says “amazing things happen!”
4. Dial It Down
“If I had a PT who was tightly wound 100% of the time and obsessively motivated, I'd probably fire them” Michelle admits. Along with being frustrating, Michelle adds it would likely contribute to adrenal overload during sessions and come from the kind of trainer that doesn't seek to understand their client. “A good trainer knows how to figure that out and do it in a way which is subtle, yet powerful,” Michelle says.
5. Embrace Being Unmotivated
“In life there are ebbs and flows, training is no different,” Michelle says “Injury, illness and burnout are inevitable if you are consistently trying to train like a tornado!” If you’re not feeling motivated, just roll with it. Michelle says you can still work on yourself if you’re going through a lower period. “Get out of the gym and try surfing or gymnastics or focus on one type of exercise you love” Michelle says, as long as you’re not using your downtime to sit on the couch.