You’re down in the dumps and the last thing you want to do is sweat through another bootcamp. We’ve all been there. If you’re trying to say that you haven’t had one of those days, then you’re either in denial or you’re new to the world of fitness and the novelty has yet to wear off- whatever the case, a little “pick me up” never hurts. This is all fairly simple stuff I’m about to tell you, but I think you’ll be thankful for the reminder and boost in motivation. Also, it’s helpful beyond your fitness regimen. Since we’re all about giving you “more than just a workout” here at SGT Peterson’s, we’d like to think that what we do here expands to the other realms of your life, outside of the gym. So here we go back to basics

  1. You can’t get where you want to go unless you know where you came from

This is about as basic as it gets. When you first set your goal, why did you do it? There had to be some sort of underlying reason. If there wasn’t emotion behind the goal that you desire to achieve, then there wouldn’t have been desire to set the goal in the first place. So when I say remember where you came from, I mean don’t forget about how you felt when when you first decided to make a change.

  1. Positive reinforcement

This is psychology 101; Old school stuff here, guys. We don’t need to get too technical. Basically, keep in mind that when you proceed to do what makes you feel good, you’re more inclined to continue this behavior. When you eat healthy, you feel better; hence, you’re inclined to keep eating well.

  1. Know how to set goals

So maybe you say the sky is the limit. And hey, you’re right! I’m not here to knock you down and tell you that’s not possible. But for now, let’s take it step by step. Too often people set goals that are farfetched and then they lose focus. Stick with something you can realistically make happen by the end of the week or maybe the end of the month. I’m not saying don’t set long-term goals, but for the purpose of this blog let’s stick to the short-term goals that are going to keep refilling your internal “get up ‘n go” flavored juice box.

  1. Don’t be afraid to use manipulation

Let me specify here: I’m not trying to tell you to con your friends in to joining a cult. I’m talking about manipulating your surroundings. Make sure you’re getting what you need to make your drive thrive! If you’re competitive, then compete. If you need a support system, then reach out to your friends. If you need to be held accountable, then start a blog. If you need  rewards to push yourself to your goal, then go buy some gold stars. Figure out what works for you and stick with it!


  1. Swallow your pride-it has zero calories

Let’s be real: life happens! And when it does, sometimes it might not be in your favor. Accept that reality means having an allowance for set-backs. The best thing you can do is to be prepared for these set-backs, because lord knows: they come at the worst times! So don’t let the tough times bruise your ego too badly. When the going gets rough, ALWAYS keep your loyalty to fitness, because it actually improves your mood and helps pick you up through the debbie-downers of life.

  1. Take care of yourself

Do you think Kirby Pucket could have won those two world series championships if he stayed up all night polishing off a case of beer before his races? Highly doubtful- and guess what? You’re no different when it comes to winning your race! To keep your natural energy high, always stay hydrated, get your 7-8 hours of sleep nightly, and nourish yourself with a high quality multi-vitamin as well as a balanced whole-foods based diet. Lastly, a little bit of caffeine (do not exceed 400 mg in a day) before a work out never hurts, either (;

  1. Save your breath for your soup

Quit talking about it and do it!