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Speak Up: What's Your Workout Mantra?

Speak Up: What's Your Workout Mantra?

It is often said that running is 90 percent mental, but I wouldn't limit that ratio to running. For me, a large part on any workout is mental. I could always just hop off the elliptical and head toward the sauna, so I have a lot of convincing to do. Having a workout mantra is a great way to keep your mind on task while exercising, and if a phrase is too long you can always try a word.

Marathoner Kara Goucher told me that when she's competing, she uses power words that are distilled from the phrases she mentally repeats during practice. When competing on a track, her word is "fighter" to remind herself to fight until the end and to be a little scrappy if need be. When racing 26.2 miles, her word is "courage." It takes courage to keep going for the long haul.

What do you tell yourself to keep on keeping on during your workouts? Do you have a phrase, a mantra, a power word? I know for some folks, a certain song can help them hang on when the going gets tough. Tell me what works for you in the comments section below.


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briannaNicole briannaNicole 8 years
I often think "OMG I can't finish" and then immediately tell myself not to be such a wuss. It also helps to think about what I've eaten that day --- ohh remember that chocolate chip cookie after your monster burger for lunch? Yeah you've barely worked off half that cookie, lets keep going shall we?
digibron digibron 8 years
Lorna Jane made a tee that said something like "Never ever ever ever give up" on it. I saw it in a shop window and it's always stuck with me - it's particularly good when doing pushups. :)
Allytta Allytta 8 years
mine is "you're fat" :) really... i used to be so thin and then i got big and didn't even notice it. and sometimes i forget about that and just relax and enjoy lazy life.
losays losays 8 years
hahaha, kibzee ... i just bought a bathing suit from victoria's secret that marissa miller had been modeling. as soon as i clicked "purchase" i went right to my workout!
KibzeeLovee KibzeeLovee 8 years
music! i also put a bangin' picture of marisa miller on my desktop, that gets me going
alliwilli alliwilli 8 years
Usually when I'm struggling it's because I'm beating myself up because I'm not as fast/strong as I wanted to be or expected of myself, so then I just have to stop my negative thoughts by telling myself "hey, at least I'm out here!" and then that gives me a boost because it's like "oh yeah, I rock! Woot!" :)
mondaymoos mondaymoos 8 years
I think about the fact that my brain is trying to trick my body into stopping. The "I should be studying/cleaning/doing anything else but working out" thought tends to intrude on me a lot, but I've learned to give myself the mental hand-slap
1apple 1apple 8 years
I enjoy my workouts but if I'm not feeling into it, I tell myself "anything is better than nothing". If I only go for a little walk one day, well, at least I did that for myself!
syako syako 8 years
Joghog I do that one too! I read on a forum once this one, which has become my new long run mantra: "I can do this. I am strong. I can do this. It's not that long." It's perfect!
nikkisoda nikkisoda 8 years
Jess8902 Jess8902 8 years
I have 2 or 3 songs that I save for the end of my workout when I'm really ready to just hop off I'll start them and they always give me my 2nd wind. And btw Mamaspank, I Totally fantasize about making one of my mean exes cry. lol My songs are "Run with the wolves" The prodigy, "Hey boy, hey girl" The chemical brothers, and "Harder better faster stronger, by Daft Punk, *Not kanye, blech* from the Alive album. Awesome! If I play HBFS 3x it's a mile. WOohoo!
sparklestar sparklestar 8 years
I watch the tv's and the music channels and envisage looking like the girls on the music videos. it works.
Sugar_Rush Sugar_Rush 8 years
Pain is a sensation; sensations are to be enjoyed (never truly believe it but chant it all the same!) That and when running up hills it's just the basic 'keep going' and visually moving the goalposts...
Ayu Ayu 8 years
I'm telling myself - just run to the next tree/building/left turn and then you can stop to rest. But then I don't stop and just repeat that.
juliet juliet 8 years
(I totally love Kara Goucher!) Whenever I feel like I can't go another mile, I just think, "Breathe. Breathe and it all changes." It helps me refocus and stay calm.
mamaspank mamaspank 8 years
This is ridiculous, but I like to think about the next time I run into one of my exes. And then I fantasize that he looks terrible, and then he will break down and tell me I look great, what have I been doing, blah, blah, blah. I will then reply with a really disdainful "Uh, huh, yeah." POW! Right in the kisser.
gothamgal gothamgal 8 years
I don't have a mantra but it's a great idea. I enjoy feeling what little pain I feel ... which tells me that I need to keep switching my routine more.
jadenirvana jadenirvana 8 years
My power song is Unstoppable by Kat DeLuna. Helps me push through every time! Download it!
robinashley robinashley 8 years
I think about how the current pain is just my body's way of telling me that I'm going to get leaner and stronger.
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 8 years
When I want to slow down I often turn it to that one song that will push me or else I remember being teased by my pudge and run harder cause I know what I'm doing will make me a better person.
joghog joghog 8 years
I'm not the most religious person in the world.... but for some reason I repeat "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me" and that seems to work... I'm pretty sure it's a verse from the Bible, and I've used it since high school for any endurance races.
Fawness Fawness 8 years
Haha oops-didn't really read the article!
Fawness Fawness 8 years
Who is that? I wish I had her body!
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