Do What You Love Vs. Doing What You Hate

Have you ever heard someone say you have to do those things you don't like to do if you want to be successful at changing your body/your life?

I know I have.

Plenty articles I've read say you must do this. Or else!  You will fail and be weak, miserable and fat and you're wasting your time.

They don't all say that, but sometimes it seems like it.

At the opposite side of the spectrum is doing things that you enjoy.

Now, you may not enjoy anything in the gym, as I've had clients tell me.

But eventually I find at least one exercise they like. There are many different reasons why. The specifics don't matter.

Just do that movement that you like. Whether it's because you're strong with it. Or you like how it makes your muscle grow or how sore that exercise makes you and thereby you get a sense of pride from your hard work.

One example to illustrate my point- A 40 year old male client of mine found that he likes landmine squats. He said because they feel good in his hips and he feels strong doing them. He also likes how he can get a nice, deep squat with this variation.

So he does them every week and guess what? He keeps coming back. It's the first time in his life that he has been consistent with fitness.

This is just one example, but the point is, do what you like. Of course you need to work hard and do some things you don't enjoy but at the end of the day, it's your life. You can do whatever you want. If you don't know what exercises you are made for, or what feels good and will get you pumped to go train, then experiment.

Try out some different variations. Mix it up. Switch grips. Use different tools, sleds, ropes, different bars, body-weight, calisthenics etc..

If you look forward to doing at least ONE exercise or machine at the gym, it will help if you need to be more consistent.