9 Fitness Bloggers & Celeb Trainers Reveal How They've Overcome a Workout Rut
APRIL SUTTON: ENLIST A WORKOUT PARTNER
Whenever Sutton, who is a stuntwoman and provides major fitness inspiration on Instagram, hits a workout rut, she immediately seeks out "a motivational boost" from her friends. "It matters who you surround yourself with. I link up with one of my fit friends for a partner workout when this happens," she tells PEOPLE. "During that workout we rub off each other for different perspectives and it’s like a reset button."
DAVID KIRSCH: CHANGE UP THE SCENERY
Do you always work out at home? Consider taking your exercise sesh outside for a different experience. “Instead of heading to the gym, take it outside and go for a run or a bike ride or a walk,” Kirsch, who regularly trains Jennifer Lopez, tells PEOPLE of what he does whenever he feels less-than-pumped about working out. “Switching up the location can help switch up your mood regarding the workout.”
Kirsch also offers up advice to folks who can’t shake off their cravings. “Even fitness gurus like me aren’t perfect and you shouldn’t be perfect either,” he continued. “On those times you don’t want to be healthy and have that cheat meal, just be mindful and enjoy every bite smell taste and experience make it count. “
MOHAMED ELZOMOR: PLAN TO EXERCISE FOR JUST TWO MINUTES
On top of visualizing his future self and remembering the reason that inspired his fitness journey, Elzomor — who has trained Victoria’s Secret models — also turns to planning ahead whenever “go to the gym” becomes a low priority on his to-do list.
“This one may sound silly at first, but the trick that this plays on your mind is significant,” Elzomor tells PEOPLE, recommending others to pick a time during the day to exercise for only two minutes. “By committing to doing an exercise everyday, no matter where you are or what you are doing, you are telling yourself that you’re serious about this, and that nothing will get in your way to stop you.” He added: “Even if the exercise takes you just a couple of minutes, it’s enough to super charge your motivation for the day.”
ANNA KAISER: TURN UP THE MUSIC
When she’s not helping Kelly Ripa or Shakira refine their already-enviable physiques, the AKT Mixer creator trains on her own, resorting to her no. 1 source of fuel: music.
“I will play my favorite song of the moment and that revs me up to put on a killer outfit, sneakers and rock a cap to head into my workout,” Kaiser tells PEOPLE, sharing Bad Meets Evil’s “Take From Me” and KaMillion’s “I Heart Banana” are two of the songs on her playlist. “With that intense bass playing and my favorite, most flattering gear, I will be energized and ready for almost anything.”
SOPHIE ALLEN: PUT ON YOUR CUTEST WORKOUT GEAR
The Aussie fitness influencer credits a positive attitude, experimenting with new exercise programs and sporting cute new workout clothes with getting out of a stubborn rut. “Actually put the activewear on because you’ll be more likely to get the workout done,” Allen, who regularly models covetable gear on Instagram, tells PEOPLE.
KIRA STOKES: BE GRATEFUL FOR YOUR BODY
It might sound self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t take a moment out to appreciate their body’s ability to exercise. Stokes, who trains Candace Cameron Bure (pictured), implements a moment of self relflection at the start of her workout classes — and she says participants email her about the positive effects of the mini affirmation.
“Take a moment to be grateful for the ability to move and challenge your body,” she tells PEOPLE, "because it is truly a gift to be able to do so. We often take our capacity to move athletically or otherwise for granted; repeating this simple manifesto can inspire you to step outside your comfort zone and conquer your next workout with passion and a positive mindset."
ANNA VICTORIA: 'ROBOT MODE'
It’s all about being dedicated, the Body Love app founder tells PEOPLE of her focus when facing a rut. “When I wake up at 5:30 a.m., the last thing I want to do is work out!” Victoria admits, revealing she prefers dedication over motivation since the latter, she says, is fleeting. “So before I give myself too much time to think about it — because the more time I give myself, the more excuses I will make for myself — I get into ‘robot mode.’” She adds: “I don’t think, I just do. This has helped me stay on track and eat healthy way more than any amount of motivation ever has or will.”
SIA COOPER: RUN IN THE SUN
Cooper, a personal trainer and creator of the Strong Body Guide, advises people who really don’t want to go to the gym, to take it outdoors on particularly sunny days. “Fresh air and sunlight invigorates your mood and raises your energy levels so that you feel more positive — about life and working out — in general,” she tells PEOPLE.
MICHELE PERNETTA: TRY A TOTALLY DIFFERENT WORKOUT
“I go to a class I am not normally attracted to – a workout that is completely opposite to the type of workout I’m normally drawn to, something I think I don’t ‘like,'” the Fierce Grace founder tells PEOPLE. “This is sometimes precisely the type of class that can push new buttons, challenge you in new ways and open up different areas.”