Rest Day? Never heard of her: 6 tired excuses for not going to the gym

You slept in. You are sore. You had a bad day at the office. Your schedule is pulling you in all different directions. You have a nagging injury. You are lazy. You need a “rest day”. The list of excuses for why you won’t make it to the gym today can be endless…and pathetic. Your training MUST be a priority in your life – when you don’t show up to the gym, people should immediately assume something is wrong. You don’t want to be one of those people who shows up sometimes and nobody really misses until you’ve skipped out on a month of training.

 This is the man who skips the gym. Do you want to be like him? If so, stop reading now.

This is the man who skips the gym. Do you want to be like him? If so, stop reading now.

Skipping the gym is easy. Laying on your bed playing Playstation or watching Netflix is easy. Saying you are “ok” with being mediocre or having a soft body, is easy. Easy is the enemy of progress. Easy doesn’t get you a body like a Greek god. Easy makes you average.  In Rocky 3, the champ is living an easy life. Clubber Lang was doing upside down pull-ups in a shitty garage gym at 5am. Clubber beat the brakes off Balboa (My girlfriend has never seen ANY of the Rocky movies, so I am going to make references to them in every blog until she watches the entire series, by “the entire series” I mean 1-4, the rest don’t count).

 Clubber Lang didn't skip the gym. Clubber didn't live the easy life like the champ - and he beat the holy hell out of Rocky.

Clubber Lang didn't skip the gym. Clubber didn't live the easy life like the champ - and he beat the holy hell out of Rocky.

1. You slept in: So what? Get your ass to work or whatever else it is that takes you away from the gym every day, and go to the gym later. You fucked up and were lazy, now you need to make some minor changes to your schedule and simply make it happen. Start going to bed earlier instead of watching “one more episode” of Sex and the City, or whatever it is people who make excuses not to train, watch every night.

 If you are missing the gym because you sleep in every morning, go to bed sooner. Read instead of watching TV. Sleep is an important part of your recovery, especially if you train every day.

If you are missing the gym because you sleep in every morning, go to bed sooner. Read instead of watching TV. Sleep is an important part of your recovery, especially if you train every day.

2. You are sore: Newsflash, this is what happens when you train hard, it isn’t a valid excuse to skip the gym. Unless you are an Olympic-caliber lifter or top ranked powerlifter etc., the chances you are “overtraining” are very low. If you Crossfit five days a week, and you are sore, you are not “overtraining”. If someone says you are, remove that person from your life.

 This looks like a great article. Although my version would be a tad repetitive: Reasons 1-7 are all the same: Cuz you're fucking awesome. 

This looks like a great article. Although my version would be a tad repetitive: Reasons 1-7 are all the same: Cuz you're fucking awesome. 

3. Bad day at the office: Sorry Nancy, if I missed the gym every time I had a bad day at work, I’d never train. Work sucks – the gym doesn’t. If you had a bad day, make it better by crushing weights, not going home and sulking like a bitch who needs a mental health day every time his boss yells at him.

 This is keeping you from training? Smack that pen out of his hand and tell him you're headed to the gym.

This is keeping you from training? Smack that pen out of his hand and tell him you're headed to the gym.

4. You’re too busy: No you’re not. If I could put a device on your TV that would log every minute you watch it, I’d bet my salary you aren’t too busy to train. If you are going to use this as an excuse to miss training – be honest with your teammates and gym partners and just say “Not gonna make it tonight, I’m a lazy piece of shit who would rather watch TV and eat shit food than pursue greatness with you all tonight.” Now get back to watching “Hot Girls Wanted”.

 Says he's too busy to train. Watches Netflix with girlfriend all night. Two problems here: One, you skipped training to hang with your girlfriend. Two, obviously this means your girl doesn't lift.

Says he's too busy to train. Watches Netflix with girlfriend all night. Two problems here: One, you skipped training to hang with your girlfriend. Two, obviously this means your girl doesn't lift.

5. You are injured: It happens to all of us. Unless you are in a full-body cast or injured every part of your body in a horrible car accident – you can still train. Work around your injury, use it as an opportunity to attack a weakness. Shoulder is injured? Squat more. Legs injured? Press more.

 Arnold got it. He achieved greatness. What have you achieved that makes you better than him?

Arnold got it. He achieved greatness. What have you achieved that makes you better than him?

6. You need a “rest day”: Rest day? Never heard of her. Every time I think about taking a rest day, I ask myself “is the person who is gonna be on the podium at my next competition taking a rest day?” No he isn’t, because that person is me, and I’m headed to the gym.

If you go looking for excuses, you’ll find them. We don’t make excuses at wild/STRONG, it’s just not the way we work. We chase greatness every day. You can’t chase greatness while you’re sprawled out on the couch with a bag of chips in front of you. Greatness is the paycheck earned only by those willing to put in the hours and the work necessary to earn it. You want to be average? We don’t want you in our tribe. Don’t buy our gear, don’t rep our brand. If you don’t make excuses and pursue greatness every single day of your life – click on the link below, because we would be happy to have you.