How to Motivate Yourself to the Gym

Easy tricks to make sure your gym membership doesn’t become a fat tax

Stever Robbins
4-minute read
Episode #183

How to Motivate Yourself to the Gym


It can be tough developing the motivation to go to the gym regularly. Mike so admires my testosterone-fueled, alpha-male articles, that he wants to replicate my buff manliness for himself and his fiancée. He writes: "My fiancée and I both LOVE working out at the gym but find it hard to get over that "hump" of getting our gym clothes on and heading there.  Once we've started, we enjoy it and feel great about ourselves. Can you help?"

The gym just isn’t my idea of a good time. You have to lift heavy things at the gym, and I am too delicate for that. My idea of heavy lifting is stirring the ice in my drink while I watch the movers haul my boxes up the stairs. And even that is pretty strenuous!

Fortunately, in my ongoing quest to have a studly, manly-man physique instead of the pale, emaciated, squishy geek body I was born with, I've developed several ways to trick myself into going to the gym.


About the Author

Stever Robbins

Stever Robbins was the host of the podcast Get-it-Done Guy from 2007 to 2019. He is a graduate of W. Edward Deming’s Total Quality Management training program and a Certified Master Trainer Elite of NLP. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and a BS in Computer Sciences from MIT.