In this post we'll move away from the physical side of training and touch a little bit on the mental. Training, as physical as it is does have a mental component that tends to be over looked. In fact I would say that training is almost 50% mental. You need to plan your workout, know why your working out, what goals are you working towards, what style of training best suits your needs, and what gets you motivated to give everything you have during your workouts.
Now if you have a trainer, then most of the mental work will be done for you in terms of figuring out what type of training you need to do, what kind of workout will get you to your goals with the greatest ease, and they'll even help push you through your workouts. But as much help as your trainer can be to help get you motivated to train or push you through your workouts, you still need to find what motivates you or gets you excited to workout. You must find out what "pumps" you up to get ready to kick your own butt in a workout!
It could be anything, maybe you're a very visual person and seeing photos or videos of others training with intensity will get you in a zone to push yourself. In that case there are tons of videos on YouTube that can help you there, or do a quick google search and print off some photos that motivate you that you can put up in a visible area before training.
Maybe you're a very auditory person, if so then bring a cd that gives you a feeling of being driven or excited to your workout and have you trainer play it for you while you train. If that's not possible than put together a play list on your iPod that motivates you and bring that to your training! Most people are a combination of these and respond well to a mix of both, in that case watching music videos put to training or imagining yourself achieving a new PR (personal record) in your training while listening to music that puts you into a zone could work wonders!
I'm not saying you have to go to the gym and slap yourself on your own ass and shout at yourself in the mirror about how your going to kill your workout ... but hey if that's what moves you then go for it!
The point is that we all have things that "move us" or inspire us to push our own limits. We all have buttons that we can push to get us in a state that will allow us to do things that we never thought were possible or get through a workout that seems insurmountable. Find out what yours are and you'll be well on your way to making huge gains in your own fitness!
Remember that the mental aspect is half the battle, some times you don't want to workout. It's not always fun or on the top of your list. But if you can figure out how to motivate yourself to get to the gym, ready to conquer anything, and get through any workout no matter how tough, then just think about how that kind of mental power could carry over to every other aspect of your life!