We have all been there. We walk into the gym and prepare ourselves for the grind that we are going to put our body through. It doesn’t matter if it’s cardio, weights, circuit training, cross-fit, or any type of physical activity; we all have to mentally prepare ourselves for the intense workloads we are going to put our bodies through. We can either go through all the motions and just complete the workout half-heartedly, or we can push ourselves to the max and make our bodies adapt and improve on itself for the day. My goal in this article is to help you all learn how to “Flip the switch” and learn how to tap into your inner beast.


Learning to tap into this power source can definitely make or break a workout. If you can commit and harness your inner energy, I guarantee you will have a great workout. Plus, you’ll reap all the benefits of your workout for the day. All you have to do is learn how to turn it on. Many of us relate to music for the charging up. Music is one of the best things I feel to help motivate and get the most out of a workout. Your choice of music should get you feeling a cadence to your cardio. It should also help you get into a rhythm to sustain the level of intensity you’ll need for that training session.


Many of us can relate to characters that we have seen in movies, or certain situations life has put us through. I know a few people that use life events to help motivate and push themselves through workouts. They use their frustrations and anger to help fuel through a workout… a “stress reliever” if you will. It makes perfect sense to me. Sometimes we all need to find a way to relieve the stress that we encounter on a daily basis. Use that negative energy for something good, and make a positive out of it. Your well-being and state of mind will be more productive. You can also use it to help motivate yourself to keep showing up in the gym. Learn to make your gym time a place to leave behind everything that is bothering you.


Once you become acclimated to prepping yourself for workouts, I believe it becomes easier. Sometimes it takes a ton of commitment from yourself. Remember we are in the gym to work out and get the most out of our exercises. You might have to sacrifice the “chit-chat” and distance yourself from the “social butterfly”. Always stay focused and stick to your game plan. There will always be time to socialize, but don’t sacrifice valuable “gym time” to do so.


Change your mentality when you walk into your fitness facility, and prepare yourself for the “fight” ahead. Bring the intensity needed to accomplish the feat at hand. Remember, that you only have a certain amount of time and glycogen in your muscles to sustain and make gains. Once you over-work or over-train; you start to reverse what you are trying to do. We want to make improvements in ourselves and gain muscle. We never want to breakdown our bodies and negate what we started out to do. Keep your head held high, show up to the gym, and declare war on whatever physical activity you choose. Stay focused and be ready to accept the changes your efforts reward you with.

Until next time: Stay Strong — Stay True!

Michael Klamut was the 2011 Lean Body Challenge Grand Champion. Mike is a United States Air Force veteran (1997-2001). He works as a Radiologic Technologist (X-Ray Tech) during the day. Plus he’s a busy husband and father of two during the night. Mike entered his first bodybuilding competition and took 1st place in his Novice weight class (Middleweight) and Novice Overall. He takes great pride in helping others with their fitness goals. He hopes to inspire and motivate everyone he comes into contact with. Mike is looking forward to helping all Labrada Nutrition fans reach their personal goal(s). He hopes to help them conquer any obstacle(s) that stands in their way.

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