How to Trick Yourself into Doing Exercises You Dislike

Do you have a list of exercises you hate doing but know you should do?

Core? Push ups? Burpees?

I know I certainly do.

Following on from yesterday’s post where I talked about having FUN with your workouts.

I’ll openly admit that there are still some things you may have to do that you don’t enjoy in order to take your body and fitness to the next level.

For example I REALLLLY dislike training calves, single leg exercises, core and flexibility work.

But I know they’re super important for my overall fitness and performance.

Before I learnt this little trick (that I’m about to reveal to you) I use to just slap a couple sets onto the end of my workout.

But they were half assed sets. No true intensity or effort.

And of course I didn’t get any benefits from it.

During my RKC II (Russian Kettlebell Certification) my mentor Max Shank mentioned to me how he used side planks in between his main working sets as a ‘filler’ to pass time and reap the benefits from the side planks.

As I mentioned in the beginning of this post…

… core work (side planks) was one of those exercises that I didn’t enjoy.

Anyways he got us doing a set of goblet squats, then a side plank and repeated back and forth for a few sets.

10 minutes later I had done about 5 sets of side planks without really having to bitch, whinge and moan about it because it was occupied with an exercise I enjoyed.

So here’s what I want you to do…

Take your favourite exercise. Partner is with an exercise you dislike and go back and forth between the two.

Sometimes we have to do some things we don’t want to do. I’ve found this is the best way to do it.

Talk soon,


P.S. As for the picture – that’s the face I make when somebody asks me to do cardio 🙂

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Grant Lofthouse

Grant Lofthouse is personal trainer with over 10 years experience who helps his clients break fat loss, muscle building and strength plateaus by using simple strength and nutrition systems.