Mid-Workout Motivation (and a Giveaway!)

When I think about motivation and working out, I typically think about the motivation to start working out. Whether it’s to start a workout program from a sedentary lifestyle or to fit in a workout that day, getting started is the hardest part. But what about mid-workout motivation? When you’re doing a hard run or lifting some tough weights, what makes you keep going? Sure, you know you’ll see results, but sometimes when the burning is too much to bear, how do you transcend the pain and push through?

While I’m not sure I have any answers to that question, I did impress myself twice last week with my sticktoitiveness mid-workout. I was short on time last week, so I popped in my staple Biggest Loser DVD, and did the low-intensity cardio segment, which is a solid workout and clocks in at 20 minutes. There is a point in the segment where you do a million lunges and then you move into squats. Even though I’m in shape, I’ve never finished the squat portion without taking a short break. Because not only do you do a million squats, but Bob also makes you hold it at the end. For like an hour. And by that point, my legs are shaking, my butt is twitching, and I think I’m going to collapse. But this time, I fought through. I went somewhere deep inside, transcended the pain-time continuum. Or something. Regardless, I held it for the eternity that he told me to. My legs were wiggling and jiggling when I was done, but I did it. For the first time, I held it the entire time. It was a proud moment.

The next day, I must have still been feeding off that high when I did the hardest ab workout I’ve ever done. (Look for the review of Core Fusion Body Sculpt on Thursday). This 7-minute ab workout was the epitome of “hard core” (haha). But by the time I was done, I felt very accomplished. And somehow, I wasn’t sore the next day, which made me even more proud of how strong my abs have gotten lately.

And I’m not the only one who is interested in motivation maintenance. After having these two zen-like moments of workout bliss, I received a Sansa slotMusic MP3 player in the mail, specifically designed to keep you moving in your workout. The player and earbuds come with a Don’t Quit! music card that has 25 high-energy songs. I’m always a little nervous about getting techy products figured out, but this was super easy. You put the battery in, plug in the buds and push play. Presto! Pump up workout music is playing instantly. And it’s not a mix tape: it’s more house music with great beats. It’s perfect for cardio if you need to space out without any lyrics interfering with your concentration, but I love it for strength workouts at the gym. These earbuds do have some cushion that help it stay in my ear, but I’m ready with my marshmallows if needed.

Now, I know it’s hard to find time and motivation in the busy holiday season to work out. But, Don’t Quit! If you’d like to win this fun little MP3 player, shoot us a comment below for a chance to win (U.S. residents only). It would also make a great gift for anyone who is technology challenged but would love to move in a high-tech direction! And if you don’t win, the product is still affordable at $34.99. —Erin

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  1. Just_Kelly says:

    Would love to win! Thanks!

  2. Amelia says:

    What a cool giveaway!

  3. Erica says:

    What a great little device- and not extremely expensive! Hope you two had a good weekend!

  4. HangryPants says:

    Sounds fun! I would loooove to win. 😀

  5. BEE says:

    I wish I was one of those people that could find “it” (aka motivation) whenever, wherever, but as I’m a competitor, I thrive on the people around me. That’s why I love CrossFit, I’m always working out with my friends, and they’re always pushing me along. Plus, it’s a lot harder to put on that extra 10lbs if someone’s watching!

    That being said, I can’t always be with them, and I’d love the extra motivation when I am working out by myself!

  6. Prepster says:

    I love your website! I’ve never even considered doing workouts via video in my living room, but you make it very appealing. I was hoping you could post a top ten list of your all time favorite workout DVD’s? OR if you have already done so can you direct me to find it?

    I would love to win the Motivator!

  7. moonduster says:

    Would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

  8. Janie says:

    Just found your blog page from Oxygen Magazine and can’t wait to have time to sit and read it. And I would LOVE to win! Thanks!

  9. anne says:

    i would love to have motivating music to work out with… thanks!

  10. kjl says:

    I need some motivation, Erin and Jenn! 🙂

  11. tfh says:

    I have such a hard time pushing myself when I’m working out alone– especially with some of the DVDs I do over and over, if I know I always skip a certain move or do the easy modification at some point, I won’t even attempt it.

  12. Jody says:

    I would love to win this. I think we all need motivating at times.

  13. Sagan says:

    Can’t win because of being in Canada but I find the whole motivation thing really interesting. Some days, I surprise myself with how far I can go. Other times I’m ashamed at how very little I will do.

    I’m best doing a dvd or going to a class- I can’t exactly just walk away partway through! But when I’m by myself its harder to force myself to keep going.

  14. Michelle says:

    I love taking classes, because then you have someone else yelling at you to not quit and “push it”. Sometimes (like earlier this morning) I wonder why I pay for such torture. =]
    Good music helps too! I need some new tunes =]

  15. Maren says:

    Thanks for the chance to win. Great idea.

  16. tpartyx3 says:

    Sounds very cool. I would love to win one.

  17. Ambs says:

    House music — my favorite! I would have to say music is the number one thing that takes me to the Zen place Erin talks about. I would like to go there more frequently! Thanks for the chance to win!

  18. Jeanette says:

    Looks awesome!

  19. Oh She Glows says:

    Good for you for pushing through those two tough workouts!

    I usually deep breathe and say to myself You can do it you can do it you can do it. If that fails, I distract myself- tv, magazine, music- anything to make it through.

    I also tell myself this marathon running quote that I love:

    “It hurts to a certain point and then it doesn’t get any worse”


  20. Every Gym's Nightmare says:

    Those things sound so cool. good christmas present, eh?

  21. Matt & Carrie says:

    That would be great motivation on long winter runs.

  22. Tim says:

    I nee all the work out help I can get. Thanks for the giveaway.

  23. Playful Professional says:

    Ooh I would love this!!

  24. kandi victorino says:

    I could definitely use the motivation-thanks!