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How To Push Yourself Like A Personal Trainer

How our PTs keep going when motivation drops.
Max Cotton

When we created Another Round we chose the name based on the philosophy that you can always go further. One more round. Aim higher. Keep going. Push yourself. Going ‘Another Round’ is all about mindset.

You can only push your body if you push your mind first. The fight for fitness starts in the mind, the body follows. Mindset needs training too.

If you let bad habits and bad attitudes creep in, you can completely derail your goals. But it can happen, even to the most committed of us.

Our PTs have been around the block a few times when it comes to instilling the ‘Another Round’ philosophy into themselves and their clients. Together, they have over 40 years of experience. Getting members up, out, and sticking to their goals, whatever mental or physical obstacles are getting in their way.

So, what keeps them training consistently? What mantras and tricks do they use to keep going round after round?

Here are Tash, Dan, Sam, Ash and my top tips, techniques and mantras that keep us (and our members) going when all else fails.

“Doing what needs to be done, even when you don’t want to do it.”


Even as a coach I still have days where I wake up and I don’t have much motivation to train that day.

When I feel like this I think it’s important to know the difference between feeling genuinely tired and needing a rest, or knowing when I'm just being a bit lazy.

Most of the time it’s the latter and I know at the end of the workout I will feel great - that post workout feeling is like no other.

Motivation will always dip, so you must learn to be disciplined even when it feels hard.

“Find an excuse to train today”


I have this as a recurring calendar entry every morning.

It's a reminder to find an excuse to train, rather than an excuse not to, which would usually be work-related.

It's really easy to push back and then ultimately renege on your promise to yourself to work out.

If you flip the mindset around, you can find an excuse to train.Instead of 'work's busy, I'll train later' (and then not), you can say 'work's busy, but I can squeeze in my session and work a little later if needed.

“You're braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think" - Winnie the Pooh


For me the scariest thing for myself & for others is untapped potential.

Saying "be the best you can be" is of course corny, cheesy, fortune cookie talk but the percentage of people who never truly gave themselves a real shot at having that dream body, lifting that crazy weight, learning that intricate skill, is wild.

Most of the time it's purely through lack of belief.

Also making sure said "potential" is not being weighed against other people's accomplishments/level, but just outdoing your own current state.

“Small but consistent habits can lead to results that were unimaginable when you started”


It’s all about giving you the best chance of succeeding.

Starting small makes it easier to be consistent, once you’ve nailed that small thing you can add to it.

Before you know it you’ve built habits and your health has upgraded.

“If you are persistent you will get it, if you are consistent you will keep it”


Basically, consistency is ultimately the heavy hitter when it comes to achieving goals.

The want, desire and motivation will not always be there: it will waiver depending on life's curveballs.

But consistency, though challenging at times, will be the one thing you can rely on to get you where you need to be.

It’s easy to be motivated when life is easy. But often life is not, and that’s where your good old mate consistency has got you!

Take them as inspiration. Add some into your routine. Do your own thing - it’s up to you.

But spending some time thinking about what keeps you going for another round could help keep you training when life has other ideas.

One more round then? You got this.

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