10 Tips for Conquering Mental Barriers During Workouts
Kick limbic friction to the curb & break down the mental walls between you and your best workout
We all know that feeling when we're all geared up to hit the gym, but suddenly, our brain starts throwing roadblocks in our way. The struggle is real, and it's called limbic friction - but you might know it best as those sneaky mental barriers that hold you back from crushing your fitness goals.
Let's get real for a moment. If you can't admit you've ever found yourself grappling with the urge to skip your workout; you're either lying, or just straight-up kidding yourself.
Feeling unmotivated, overwhelmed, or just plain "meh" about lacing up your sneakers can sabotage the best of us. But today, we're taking a dive deep into the concept of limbic friction and arming you with 10 tips to crush mental barriers so you can conquer your goals like the unstoppable badass you are. Let's get it.
WHAT IS LIMBIC FRICTION ANYWAY?
Alright, let's break it down. Limbic friction is that internal battle that rages on between your brain's logical side (your pre-frontal cortex) and your emotional side (your limbic system).
While your rational brain knows all the benefits of working out - like better health, looks, fitness, and confidence - your emotional brain is designed to throw up roadblocks. And that's where the mental barriers come crashing in, hindering your motivation, consistency, and progress.
Your brain might resist or feel threatened by the discomfort, effort, or change associated with exercise, which is when all logical reasoning gets thrown out the window. Talk about a workout buzzkill...
WHY IS LIMBIC FRICTION A PROBLEM FOR SO MANY OF US?
Here's the deal: Limbic friction can be a real pain in the glutes.
Our emotional brain loves the comfort zone and craves short-term pleasures and safety, which can clash with our long-term fitness goals. It's wired to avoid pain, conserve energy, and stay where things feel easy. This hurdle is challenging enough to clear as it is - but when you add life's curveballs like stress, fatigue, past negative experiences, self-doubt, or a lack of motivation, and you've got a recipe for mental barriers that can seriously derail your fitness journey.
Luckily, there's 10 tactics to help you bust through those barriers and show limbic friction who's the boss. Outsmart your brain's tricks with these fiery tips that'll help you conquer your goals like a beast:
10 TIPS TO CRUSH MENTAL BARRIERS LIKE A BEAST
10. IDENTIFY YOUR MENTAL BLOCKS.
First things first - you need to know your enemy. Take a good hard look at your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors towards working out. Are there any recurring excuses, fears, or negative beliefs that are holding you back? Once you pinpoint those mental blocks, it's time to crush them with some serious self-reflection and positive self-talk.
9. BE AUDACIOUS AF WITH YOUR GOALS.
Don't settle for mediocrity - dare to dream bigger, and set those lofty fitness goals. When you feel it, see, it, know it, you can visualize yourself achieving those goals and let that end product fuel your fire. Believe in yourself and your ability to achieve greatness, because no matter if you tell yourself that you can or you can't - you're right. With the right mindset and relentless determination, you can accomplish the impossible.
8. EMBODY A WARRIOR MINDSET.
Nothing beats adopting a warrior mindset and becoming relentless, disciplined, and focused. Visualize yourself as a fierce warrior who is unafraid to face any challenge that comes your way. Tap into your inner strength, determination, and courage, and carry that warrior mentality with you in every workout. Let go of self-doubt, excuses, and distractions, and embrace the mindset of a true warrior with The MME Warrior Bundle below - It's your ultimate fast-track to becoming a warrior while keeping motivation high.
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7. FUEL YOUR INNER FIRE.
What ignites your passion for the journey? Is it your desire to be stronger, look more ripped, unlock more confidence? Is it the rush of endorphins, or the satisfaction of doing something that's 100% for you? Find what motivates you and use it to fuel your fire. It could be music, quotes, visuals, or anything else that ignites your passion and gets you pumped up for your workouts. Create a playlist of your favorite workout tunes, display motivational quotes in your workout space, or surround yourself with visuals that inspire you. Use these tools to keep your motivation high and your fire burning as you crush mental barriers and achieve your fitness goals.
6. TRAIN YOUR MIND LIKE A MUSCLE.
Just like your muscles, your brain can be trained to perform better. Overcoming mental blocks becomes so much easier when you're in control of your thoughts, so try a structured training program like our 28 Day Mental Strength Hacks & Challenges Bundle. Based on US Special Forces training principles, it's packed with cognitive drills and mental challenges to supercharge your mental agility and cognitive function. This in turn will sharpen your focus, help you make better decisions, and easily overcome any mental barriers getting in your way. Begin your journey to ultimate dominion over your mind below:
5. EMBRACE RESILIENCE.
Workouts can be brutal, but that's where the magic happens. When you embrace the suck and refuse to back down in the face of challenge, you'll systematically start conquering your limits and get motivated to push on. Resilience is the secret sauce of mental toughness, and you can cultivate it by developing a never-quit attitude and bouncing back from failures or setbacks. Every challenge becomes an opportunity to learn, grow, and become stronger. Remember, you are not defined by your failures, but by how you rise from them.
4. FLIP THE SCRIPT.
Change the narrative in your head. Instead of dwelling on negative thoughts or excuses, flip the script and replace them with positive affirmations and empowering beliefs. Reframe challenges as opportunities for growth and see setbacks as stepping stones to success. Your mindset is your most powerful weapon, so use it wisely.
3. CREATE A BADASS ROUTINE.
Consistency is the key to victory, and creating a workout routine that's as fierce as you are will get you there. Schedule your workouts at a specific time and day, and treat them as non-negotiable appointments with yourself. No more "I'll do it later" or "I'm too busy" excuses. Make exercise a non-negotiable part of your routine and watch those mental barriers crumble. Not sure where to start? Our Bodyweight Beast Bundle sets you on the path to victory with structured workout modules that take the guesswork and limbic friction out of your gains. Check it out below and become a beast anywhere, anytime - zero equipment or gyms required.
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2. LEVERAGE THE ELEMENT OF SURPRISE.
Incorporating novelty into your workouts keeps your mind engaged and motivated. Don't be afraid to try new exercises, equipment, or training methods that you haven't tried before to keep things fresh. Experiment with different workout styles, such as boxing, yoga, or martial arts. The element of novelty can spark new excitement and curiosity, helping you push through mental barriers and stay motivated to try new things.
1. SURRENDER TO... I'M GONNA SAY IT... THE POWER OF POSTIVITY.
Sure, we're all sick of the self-help crowd harping on about the power of positivity all the time. The whole concept seems corny, and relentlessly overdone... But the reason we keep hearing about it is simple: It freakin' works. If you're feeling resistance to working out, surround yourself with positive influences that lift you up and motivate you. Cut out toxic relationships or negative self-talk that can drain your energy. If you exclusively interact with a tribe of like-minded individuals who inspire and support your fitness journey, you'll soon discover all those TED Talks were onto something. Positivity is contagious, so let it fuel your fire.
And when the going gets tough, keep going. Even when you feel like you've hit a mental roadblock, keep pushing forward. Remember, progress is not always linear, and setbacks are just temporary obstacles on the road to success. Stay persistent, stay focused, and keep going no matter what.
P.S. Don't forget to check out the resources we offer here at Military Mental Endurance, all specially designed to keep you motivated, driven, and engaged to further support your journey towards mental toughness and peak performance. Now, go forth and unleash your mental beast mode. You've got this, warrior...
Fefe | MME Lifestyle Contributor
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