There are endless reasons to love working out: it improves your health, makes you feel happier and can even be fun (we promise!). But getting yourself to go to class? Well, that doesn’t always seem so great.
We could all use a little motivation once in a while, but the trick is finding what exactly moves you. And if you’re the type who likes to beat her own score, challenge a friend or even just see herself improve week after week, then competitiveness may be your mojo. But how can you bring out that same passionate, feisty self when you’re just trying to hit the gym, not beat your rival or get a high score?
Take one of these classes, that’s how:
Progress can’t be measured in numbers, but there’s nothing like seeing a score up on a screen to get your legs moving. Spin classes are not only a great (and fun!) way to get yourself sweating, they’re also an amazing way to engage your competitive side. Not only will you work on beating your max RPMs and increasing your total distance, but instructors will often encourage cyclists to “race” during class through a 30-second or one-minute sprint. As you watch yourself climb up and up the ranking, you’ll realize your competitiveness is your friend after all.
There’s a reason feelings of competitiveness bring your back to high school gym class—and it’s not just because you were trying to impress your latest crush. Gym teachers and instructors not only want you to improve but they want you to have fun too. And there’s no better way to do that then through a little friendly competition in the form of a game.
While we can’t guarantee your class will feel exactly like a round of dodgeball, bootcamp and HIIT-style classes can feel like the obstacle course your competitive side needs. Remembering sequences, working with your classmates and going head to head against the opposing team is more than enough to get your body moving—fast.
There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned race to get those competitive juices going. And even if you’re no longer pounding pavement on a track like you did back in high school, you can still use those worn sneaks and visions of gold medals to keep you moving.
Whether you’re sprinting against your own time or trying to keep up in class, booking a running class will bring out your competitive side again. Instead of comparing yourself to your fellow racers, try beating your own time. Shaving even just a few seconds off your PR is an accomplishment and enough to keep you coming back for more.
Remember those summer camp days, where you’d race your bunkmates across the lake using those rusty tugboats? Just because it’s just you and the rowing machine nowadays doesn’t mean you can’t make it into a competition again. Bring some friends and challenge each other to a rowing race. Winner gets to claim the first open shower. Now that’s motivation.
Does punching, jabbing and kicking seem like a good way to release some pent-up competitive energy? Then boxing and kickboxing may be the class to take. Whether you’re partnering with a classmate or a boxing pad, your goal is to win the “fight” and come out on top (or at least you can tell your competitive self that!). Channel your inner Rocky and tell yourself you’re in it to win it, and you might just do that.
Ballerinas and tap dancers alike remember the high-pressured days of recitals and competitions. While working out should be a way to release stress, not cause it, putting a little fire under you during your workout could end up working to your advantage.
While your dance cardio class is by no means a competition, there are no rules that say you can’t think like it is. Channel your inner competitive self and pretend you’re trying out for Dancing With the Stars. You’ll be nailing each routine in no time.