Benji Tiger, a personal trainer at OrangeTheory in Florida, uses her physical appearance as her main motivator.
“I remain motivated because I like to look a certain way,” she told us. “I always saw these people with incredible bodies on social media and I wanted to have a similar body.”
And although she has achieved her goals, she still uses social media as a motivator to be better.
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Social media is typically given a bad reputation for promoting harmful or unachievable body ideals but a 2015 study found that the “social influence of online peers” can actually motivate people to exercise more.
To keep clients motivated, Tiger reminds them of how far they’ve come and of their increasing strength.
“If they don’t feel like working out or they feel like they’ve hit a plateau, I have them do a workout that they used to find difficult when they first started exercising,” she said. “It usually works as motivation because it is proof of their progress.”
She also recommends clients find someone equally motivated who they can workout with on days they aren’t working with her.
“It can make exercising more fun,” she said.
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Equinox trainer Rob Arreaga told us that he stays motivated by reminding himself to “be better than I was yesterday.”
Even that little push is enough to get him to the gym, he told us.
And with clients, he encourages them to be their “own competition.”
“I remind them they are fighting to be the best that they can be – and they are the only ones who can do it,” he said.
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When even that fails, Arreaga tells his clients to take the day off – as the occasional skipped workout is okay too.