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January 10, 2010

101Ways to Motivate Yourself

101 way to motivate yourself

1: Write down your goals.

2: Create a fitness action plan.

3: Devise a desirable reward.


4: Set a completion date.


5: Enter a competition.


6: Enter a competition amongst your friends.


7: Plaster motivational quotes all over your house.

8: Write “Every Day is a New Battle” on your bathroom mirror.


9: Post your favorite fitness role model on your refrigerator.

10: Post your favorite fat picture on your refrigerator.

11: Type “Your Character is your Destiny” on your screen saver.

12: Type “Get off your Fat Butt” on your screen saver.

13: Practice core strength by using a stability ball for a chair.


14: Rollover and do some crunches in-between emails on your stability ball chair.

15: Buy a nice wardrobe that will fit you in two months.

16: Donate all your fat clothes to Salvation Army.

17: Moderate your strict eating with a fat meal once a week.

18: When eating your fat meal, look at the body type of other people who eat fat meals daily.

19: Buy some fitness magazines.

20: Read Body For Life by Bill Phillips


21: Join a fitness web blog:

22: Read “The Edge” (This is the most motivating sports book ever)


23: Pray and thank God you only have to lose half the weight he lost.

24: Make a supportive fitness group. (Join Fitness Concepts group on Facebook)

25: Hang around fit friends.

26: Surround yourself with people and things that promote a healthy lifestyle.

27: Find a running partner.


28: Inspire your own partner to run with you.

29: Create fitness goals with your partner.

30: Make a workout and diet log.

31: Personalize your journal by adding inspirational quotes and pictures. (I love the quotes from “The Best of Success” book)


32: Document your progress: weight, body fat, and measurements.

(Join the Fitness Concepts “Ultimate Accountability Program”)

33: Attend a bodybuilding/fitness show.

34: Talk to competitors and pros that live for fitness.

35: Ask your role models what motivates them.

36: Take a chance and email your role model off their web site.

37: Take a supplement for physical gains as well as a mental ‘placebo’ effect.

38: Drink some water.


39: Drink more water.


40: Date someone more fit than you.

41: Date someone who inspires you. (Ok easy guys I said inspires you to get fit)


42: Date someone you want to look really good naked for.

(If you are single of course)


Men are driven by symbols of fertility that women possess, and vice versa. In addition you both need to be on the same page to stay fit and have a great sexual chemistry.

43: Shave your body so you can see all your muscles.


44: Tan your body so you can see all the lines and contours of your muscles.

(My wife would kill me if she saw this) She is an asthetician. Obviously do it sensibly.


45: Go to the beach often. Vegas pool parties are good motivators as well. Did I hear Rehab at the hard rock.


46: Hire a trainer. Scratch that I meant a fitness professional.

47: Become a trainer. Many of my clients who got in great shape became personal trainers because they experienced first hand the effects of changing their own lives.

48: Ask questions.

49: Look like a trainer.

50: Buy new athletic shoes.


51: Buy a new workout outfit.

52: Buy clean, new and comfortable socks.

53: Workout hard BUT have fun at the gym.

54: Do group training with a friend. (Fridays and weekends you can bring a different friend to workout with you for FREE at Fitness Concepts)

55: Do HIIT training. (High Intensity Interval Training)

56: Get a massage once a week. (Only if you worked out hard and didn’t miss. This is a reward)


57: Drink an energy drink. (I like “Gun Poweder” by PPN)

58: Plan a vacation where you have to wear a swimsuit.

59: Read Lance Armstrong’s biography.


60: Envision your workout during your warm-up.

61: Focus on the workout, one set at a time.

62: Treat your workouts like you are getting paid for it based on performance.

63: Conquer your negative thoughts by pushing your body into painful consciousness.

64: Experiment on how much you can make yourself sweat. (No not by sitting in the sauna)

65: Make it a goal to be the fittest person in the weight room – or any room for that matter.

66: Test your Max on bench press and squats. (Make sure to warm up)

67: Post a fitness calender on your wall. (If you are married ask BEFORE putting Sports Illustrated swimsuit Calender on your wall)


68: Put a before picture of you on the wall.

69: Watch pumping iron. (a classic)

70: Read The Encyclopedia of bodybuilding by Arnold Schwarzenegger

71: Don’t buy a home exercise bike or treadmill. Studies show that 93% become clothes hangers after the first 6 months.


72: Become the inspiration amongst your friends.

73: Help someone who is very overweight or wants to gain muscle.

74: Visit my web sites:

75: Place your alarm clock across your bedroom so that you have to get up to turn it off in the morning.

76: Place your athletic shoes right next to your alarm clock.

77: Place a quote right next to your alarm clock that says: “Today you are closer to the person you were meant to become.”


78: Alarm your cell phone to give you daily reminders to eat, workout and give gratitude.

79: Volunteer your time with people who don’t have full function of their bodies.

80: Volunteer your passion for fitness at a senior center.

81: Look up new, healthy recipes to cook. (I love the book eating for life by Bill Phillips)

82: Search for new, healthy restaurants to eat at. (I already have done that on my blog for you

83: Observe the body type of the people at restaurants you shouldn’t eat at.

84: Read the book “What to say to yourself when you talk to yourself” by Shad Helmstetter, PH.D.

85: Learn a new exercise technique like Kettle Bell training.


86: Turn off your TV and run.

87: Buy a new MP3 player or IPOD and put some high, energy, workout songs on it. (Trance and Hip Hop are my favorite)

88: Buy new workout devices like a heart rate monitor or pedometer.

89: Once a week go to the gym at a different time to workout by yourself.

90: Workout with your trainer at the same time everyday.

91: Workout using all new exercises.

92: Vary your cardio by changing the type of cardio you do. Mix it up


93: Say a prayer for power right before you train.

94: Say a prayer for performance right before your set.

95: Say a prayer for pain during your set.

96: Say a prayer for persistence after your set.

97: Say a prayer for positive action after you train.

98: Read articles by my bud Craig Ballantyne:

99: Read articles by my bud Vince Delmonte:

100: Get passionate enough to write an article about your success and send it to us.


101: You know what motivates you. Quit reading and make it happen.

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November 4, 2008

Competition….good or bad?

As most of you know; I recently went to visit Philadelphia and being that is where I am from, I had to stop and get me a steak sandwhich from Gino’s and Pats. Now, Gino’s and Pat’s is known for being Philly’s oldest cheese steak rivalry and literally sits right across the street from each other! What is amazing is that at all times both of these restaurants are packed with people!

What makes these two places so unique, that they are constantly busy?

Competition! It is the competition that pushes these restaurants to offer the best tasting food, great customer service, and affordable prices. If there were only one cheese steak joint in the area, there would be no need to provide great service or reasonable prices, because the community has only choice. So having more than one option of the same product brings out the best in the companies. And because they are constantly changing & improving their products, services and ideas, it becomes beneficial to their customers, which in turn, improves the company’s revenue.

Take for example, Coca-Cola and Pepsi, which are both engaged in cyber-war. Both have a loyalty program that gives away prizes to customers who collect a certain number of bottle caps, in return for a particular number of points. However, Pepsi partnered with Amazon to allow consumers to buy various products with their Pepsi points- Coca Cola presently does not have a partnership like this.

But is the idea of competition only beneficial for the corporate world?

I think NOT! Whether we realize it or not, competition occurs naturally between everyone, and many times gives incentive for self-improvement. You see, when competition is used correctly, it becomes our friend. It drives us to bring out the best of ourselves, change and improve. And when you think about it, it is truly astounding how many new ideas you can come up with and how persistent we become when competition is present. Katie Lacy, the Vice President of marketing for Pepsi, noted that “competition make us all better…You are absolutely are on your toes”.

-“Imitation is the highest form of flattering. I love when my competitors imitate me, in turn I feel highly flattered. By the time they catch on to what I have been doing, I am already on the next thing!”

p.s. Stay tuned as for the next 10 weeks I will be taking you to a healthy restaurant in the area and show you where to go and what to eat for healthy dinning.

This blog was posted by Saman Bakhtiar

Chino & Chino Hills Top Personal Trainer

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