6 Reasons You’re Not Enjoying Your Training

Do you dread your workouts? Are you feeling like it’s just “not fun” anymore? Are you simply not enjoying yourself when you’re at the gym?

First off, I’m definitely not suggesting that every day is going to be a fucking blast. You’re going to have days that feel like a grind, and that you don’t want to be there. Each training session is not going to be 100% enjoyable.

But, if you’re really not looking forward to your training and not enjoying yourself while you’re there MOST of the time, then something is up.

  • If you don’t enjoy it, it’s going to be incredibly challenging to stick with it as a lasting habit.
  • If you’re dragging through training, you’re definitely not going to be giving the type of effort and intensity that you could be.

1. Your attitude. Are you constantly bitching, complaining, moping or talking down to yourself while you’re at the gym?

2. Your environment and the people around you. Are the people around you dragging you down with their attitudes? Is there a ton of drama and gossip going on around you?

3. Your training plan. Are you dragging through a plan that you don’t feel is working for you? Do you dislike every part of your workout?

4. Your coach(es). Does your coach ignore you or make you feel discouraged? Do you think that relationship could be better?

5. Your life stress. Are you feeling overwhelmed as hell? Are there some personal things going on that are taking a lot of your emotional-energy?

6. The grind. Are you over-training? Have you been taking breaks to become restored and rejuvenated?


If you can’t change anything, you can change your mindset…and you can always step away to reassess.

What could you do a little differently today, or this week to try to enjoy your training more?

Could you use a break, or a change of pace?



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I’m Dawn Fletcher, the owner of Driven Mind. I help driven-individuals perform better and achieve greatness in all that they do.

Reader Interactions


  1. Rita says

    I had a lot of these thoughts lately, even to the point of wanting to quit CrossFit all together. Its a daily mental struggle just getting to the box. I’ll reflect on each of these reasons and hopefully come up a solution that will make me stay. Thanks for these daily doses!

  2. Christy J. says

    Great article. As a coach and athlete I completely agree with all 6 points. As a coach I’ve seen people lose motivation because they lose interest in the program; even if it’s the sort of program they need but it’s not fun, it isn’t going to work. This is why it is so important to make a connection with each athlete and understand how to approach their training in thr most effect way. As a previous CF Regionals level athlete I’ve fell into more of the attitude, surroundings, and life stress issues. When things outside the gym aren’t going well, training suffers. Having a good support staff and reading sites like yours is extremely helpful!

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