What do you think about when you workout?

I do exercise videos at home and workout in front of a full length mirror so can see what I'm doing. As I've lost weight I keep thinking about how good I look in the mirror while doing the moves and that my abs are coming along really good LOL


  • EatAllTheCake
    EatAllTheCake Posts: 32 Member
    I do videos at home right now as well, and all I can think about is "Is almost over yet?" Or "Wooo it's almost done!" :D
  • maasha81
    maasha81 Posts: 754 Member
    Depends ...if I am lifting ...I ensure my form is correct and focus on the muscle being worked ...for cardio / HIIT workouts it varies from pushing through to that very last second to being happy it's over. Lol
  • AudioJen
    AudioJen Posts: 2 Member
    I have been walking to Zombies, Run...between that and the music I am pretty entertained while I walk.
  • jenncornelsen
    jenncornelsen Posts: 969 Member
    if im lifting then im in front of a huge mirror and try to imagine how much bigger my muscles are going to get. if im on the treadmill then im looking at the wall and basically staring at the time counting down. i really need a tv in my basement
  • usmcmp
    usmcmp Posts: 21,221 Member
    I lift. When I'm working out I focus on muscle contraction and counting reps. I also mentally gauge rate of perceived exertion as well as form.

    When I do some cardio it's usually HIIT. I'm watching the clock and trying to sprint for as long as I can, then watching my end of sprint time so that my rest is only 60 seconds. Despite watching the clock the time goes quickly.
  • SueInAz
    SueInAz Posts: 6,585 Member
    While lifting I'm either chatting with my lifting partner or concentrating on what I'm doing. While running I usually listen to Zombies, Run! but while my music is playing my mind wanders. Since I'm attending school online while working full time my mind often wanders around my school subject. This past Sunday I was composing the opening paragraph for my 20 page final paper.
  • SonyaCele
    SonyaCele Posts: 2,842 Member
    i play candy crush between sets
  • lilRicki
    lilRicki Posts: 4,555 Member
    When I'm walking, I try not to think. I try and be present in the moment, take deep breaths and focus on the nature around me. When I'm in the gym, I focus on the task at hand, and my thoughts are usually "come on girl, you've got this" or "5 more minutes and you're done, keep pushing". I work out alone, so I have to be my own motivator lol
  • sy8s
    sy8s Posts: 429 Member
    How good I'm gonna look in a few months
  • bigorangemichael
    bigorangemichael Posts: 27 Member
    I've got my playlists on my .mp3 player to keep me going while running. Swimming, it's often a song that gets stuck in my head that plays on an endless loop.

    Group fitness, it's either the music playing or paying attention to the instructor and making sure I'm doing the exercise correctly or so I won't cause injury to myself.
  • shadowfax_c11
    shadowfax_c11 Posts: 1,942 Member
    I think about either trying to perform the technique properly without getting myself hit or else taking good ukemi so that my partner can learn and to keep myself safe while being thrown.
  • wizzybeth
    wizzybeth Posts: 3,564 Member
    I keep thinking ... soon it won't be torture anymore and then I'll have to crank it up to make it torturous again. Lol
  • snowflake954
    snowflake954 Posts: 7,513 Member
    While I'm swimming I'm usually planning what I'm going to make for lunch for the whole family--5 people total. My leftovers run through my mind, if there isn't enough there I have to figure out what to cook. I use it as my planning time. B)
  • DawnEmbers
    DawnEmbers Posts: 2,451 Member
    Music, novel ideas, things for my blog, wanderings of things that could happen, sleep, food (especially when ending up using the cardio machines cause yay food network), random noticing of others in the gym, what I'm doing, novels, and maybe food some more. It varies.
  • wizzybeth
    wizzybeth Posts: 3,564 Member
    I keep thinking ... soon it won't be torture anymore and then I'll have to crank it up to make it torturous again. Lol
  • ninerbuff
    ninerbuff Posts: 46,329 Member
    I focus on form, muscle contraction, stable midsection and breathing. Unless I'm kickboxing. Then I think of Congress.

    A.C.E. Certified Personal and Group Fitness Trainer
    IDEA Fitness member
    Kickboxing Certified Instructor
    Been in fitness for 30 years and have studied kinesiology and nutrition

  • arditarose
    arditarose Posts: 15,575 Member
    If I'm doing cardio I'm usually thinking "Man...maybe I'll only do 10 minutes", or I day dream about being the singer of whatever song I'm listening to and everyone at the gym comes out to my concert and they're like "wow, I didn't know she was so talented".

    When I'm lifting I'm completely focused on form.
  • peterjens
    peterjens Posts: 235 Member
    Strength training thoughts are on form, focusing on muscles targeted and safety.
  • kzzr
    kzzr Posts: 53 Member
    When I'm doing cardio I think about what I would do if there was a Zombie Apocalypse, it keeps me moving lol
  • nossmf
    nossmf Posts: 3,707 Member
    My brain never shuts up, so one of the reasons I workout is to concentrate only on physical sensations of my body, not mental challenges or problems. It helps quiet my mind.