Even with a well-planned fitness regime, you’ll inevitably have a bad day at the gym. A disastrous workout session can leave you deprived of confidence in many ways. This then undermines your belief in your worn ability, which in turn erodes your faith in your long-term plans. So how do you deal with a workout session that didn’t workout exactly as you hoped?
After a poor workout session, you’ll naturally start wondering what exactly went wrong. This often occurs as one tries to prevent it from happening again, or to find a reason that justifies the poor performance. Rather than attempt to draw causality between blips in workout performance and variations in your lifestyle, try to move on. Excessive pondering could result in knee-jerk reactions, such as changing your diet, workout protocols or even abandoning your fitness program to start again. To avoid such needless distractions, you should instead chalk a bad day up to rotten luck and move on.
Understand that Progress Isn’t Linear
For each training session, your aim should be to get into the gym, perform the prescribed routines, and get out. If things turn out well and you feel like you could push for a personal record, ensure you achieve what you initially went to do. Likewise, you should focus on just finishing the session and leaving if things turn sour.
Even if everything seems much harder, you’ll at least derive some satisfaction from the fact that you’ve defeated a temporary obstacle. Staying on track and having an ability to handle both the rough and smooth of training is what really matters in the long term.
Don’t Let it Get to You
When things don’t go well, it’s important to draw a line under that particular session and move on. There’s nothing you could possible do to change whatever happened anyway. One of the worst things you could do is to allow the foul mood to carry forward into other sessions in future. And this manifests itself in various ways, from stressing out so much that your performance dips to setting unrealistic goals to make up for the blip. Either of these could shove you into the vicious cycle that is a negative state of mind. To avoid the cascading effect, never allow a bad session to cause another.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize
A bad performance at the gym shouldn’t impact progress towards your goals. In reality, everyone has bad days from time to time, just as they have absolutely great ones every once in a while. As such, the crests and dips cancel each other out over the long-term. So always keep the big picture in mind, and learn to derive satisfaction in striving to improve yourself.