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Don't Sit Down During Your Workout
Greg Everett

If you're struggling to stay motivated and focused during your training sessions—because you're tired, distracted by things outside the gym, training alone with no accountability, or any other reason—try not letting yourself sit down during your workouts.
 
If you have to, get rid of whatever chair or bench you normally sit on between sets. Move it somewhere else in the gym outside the range of immediate convenience to minimize temptation. While you’re at it, you can leave your phone on it.
 
Likely you’ll pace around a bit rather than simply standing still with limp arms hanging at your side like a pervert, and this will help keep the blood moving and maintain your warmth and preparedness more.
 
This is a really simple but effective way to stay engaged with the workout and remain focused on what you're doing. You'll also find that you naturally take shorter rest periods between sets and stay off your damn phone more easily. It will typically make you feel more energetic as well if you’ve come into the gym fatigue and moving sluggishly.

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Greg Everett is the owner of Catalyst Athletics, coach of the USA Weightlifting National Champion team Catalyst Athletics, author of the books Olympic Weightlifting: A Complete Guide for Athletes & Coaches and Olympic Weightlifting for Sports, director/writer/producer/editor/everything of the documentary American Weightlifting, co-host of the Weightlifting Life Podcast, and publisher of The Performance Menu journal. He is an Olympic Trials coach, coach of over 30 senior national level or higher lifters, including national medalists, national champion and national record holder; as an athlete, he is a fifth-place finisher at the USAW National Championships, masters national champion, masters American Open champion, and masters American record holder in the clean & jerk. Follow him on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube, and sign up for his free newsletter here.

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Tyler 2019-09-03
Fuck chairs
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