There I said it.

I am not a fan of motivation.

I am not against motivation; I don’t count on it – either with my training or with clients who train with me.


It’s not needed.

Ask yourself – how many training sessions would you do if you only train when you’re motivated?

I bet it is less than ideal.

Motivation is incredible when it shows up, but don’t count it to get your carcass to the gym.

The Planet Fitness crowd is waiting for motivation, and their glute max is also as flat as a couch cushion. Coincidence? Methinks not.

need motivation

What To Do Instead?

Be a pro.

Get to the gym or train at home.

Eat dat protein bro.

Go the F to sleep.

Do the steps you need to do to reach your goals.

Yes, be mindful of your state (mood), but get the work done.

Be the professional.

The pro does not wait around for motivation.

He or she gets it done.

“Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up.

Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what.” -Steven Pressfield

Screw motivation. You are not an amateur.

Be a pro.

You got this!

Dr Mike


Mike T Nelson CISSN, CSCS, MSME, PhD
Adjunct Faculty, Carrick Institute
Owner, Extreme Human Performance, LLC
Editorial Board Member, STRONG Fitness Mag