How hard do you push yourself when you work out? Do you take breaks when you don’t need to?!
Look, you are one badass chick, but so often we take breaks out of habit, instead of when we are actually tired!! Here are a few examples…
- You never finish the whole set of reps… you will get to say 10 out of 12, or 13 out of 15 and then stop. But why? You only have 2 more to go! For many it’s because they’re actually scared of finishing something. It sounds silly, but it’s so true. Fear of failure is so huge in our lives that it takes over, and will make us stop before we actually need to, sabotaging our own results!
- You take longer breaks than needed in between moves… you extend your rest periods, even if you aren’t really out of breath that much. It’s simply a habit of taking longer breaks that becomes the norm.
- You automatically take a break but don’t even realize it… maybe after X seconds or X reps. This is why keeping track of your workouts (including when you take breaks, how much weight you lift, etc) is soo important to your success! We need to push ourselves to see results!
Start REALLY paying attention to your workouts, tracking your reps and sets, and focusing on pushing yourself. Use positive talk, and pretend I am there with you saying “just 2 more – you got this”! Don’t focus on how hard the move is, focus on DOING the move!
To be clear – I’m not saying that it’s not okay to take breaks, it totally is, BUT ONLY IF YOU NEED TO! But needing to is when you might just collapse on your face during your push ups. It means that you just cannot push out one more rep because your muscles are failing out of exhaustion… not just burning. It means your form is going bubye and you need to take a few seconds to regroup, and get your form back on track to finish it out.
So ask yourself, how hard am I really working when I exercise? What breaks am I taking that I don’t need to? Let me know in the comments below!