Military Motivation: Group Training & Mental Toughness

What an amazing week we have ahead of us! The presidential election (Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?!), the Marine Corps birthday, and Veteran’s Day all taking place over the next few days.

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to firstly thank all the Brave men and women who serve or have served our country. Remember to thank the Veterans you encounter—trust me, they really appreciate it.

On your fitness journey, we can take many of the qualities that forge our military troops and apply them to our own training—values like commitment, community, culture, mental toughness and motivation just to name a few.

There is no shortage of “BOOT CAMP” workouts out there…in fact, they’re everywhere! Often times however, these classes advertise a 30-day transformation, which can be unrealistic and disappointing.

If we actually compare boot camp to real-life military training, the true program is typically spread across 3-4 months, and that’s only the beginning. I highly recommend you explore our Group Training (GT) or our Semi Private Training (SPT) programs which offer a longer-term opportunity to transform.

GT and SPT also build a strong sense of community and accountability. Training as a unit asks you to look at the person beside you, toughen up and dig a little deeper—with less excuses to quit.

Motivation is huge for our troops, and for all of us too. What motivates you? I know some of our members will watch movies like 13 hours or Black Hawk Down the night before they get ready to train. Others love music and have a set playlist that gets them pumped up to go hard. Find whatever works for you and it might help you get that extra rep, set or training day in. For some, a mantra that you say to yourself to get going can be just enough.

Goal-setting is another important tool to keep in mind.  Create some short-term goals and some long-term goals. Did you know it takes over 2 years to make a NAVY SEAL? You better believe that they’re on a plan, grinding it out every damn day.  Working with a coach will get you to where you want to go, usually in less time than on your own.

One great goal to set for yourself is to train for an upcoming event that you have always wanted to do. Hold yourself accountable and share with others that you are going to accomplish it. Put the registration receipt somewhere you will see it every day, and go after it.

Lastly, variety can be a game-changer for your training. Doing the same thing over and over again and looking for a different result is the definition of insanity. Now we aren’t say you should do something different every training session, but, find a modality/new skill like strength training, gymnastics, HIIT, Kettlebells, etc. and get educated regularly. Learning new skills will keep your training fun and challenging.

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