I stay motivated to do my own workouts by:
1. Priority: Either making it the first workout of the day or my first hour break of the day.
2. Goals: Always having something to train for, a 10K for example.
3. Accountability: I workout with my girlfriend or another partner, even when this is occasionally I have a reason to keep up.
4. Variety: Between Barbells, Dumbbells, Kettlebells, Medicine Balls, Sandbags, Battle Ropes, Suspension Trainers and Body Weight Exercises, I have a library of exercises and variations in the thousands; I could never get bored!
5. Scenery: I don’t always train myself at the same place I train others. At home, at the park, at a different gym, up in the mountains, possibilities are endless and it keeps things fresh.
I get together with my girls, they are all instructors as well, and we have our regular 2-hour trainings 2 or 3 times a week, we usually warm up on our own and then decide what we want to work on, share new information on exercises and techniques, compose routines together, challenge each other and learn some advanced stuff from each other, it’s perfect. And you have to show up, we all know attendance is important. If you skip, the rest of the group will scold you for a week, but we are all friends so it’s friendly scolding. There’s five of us and we’ve been doing this for three years – it’s my support group, my friends, my teachers and my students at the same time.
I practice what I preach. My workouts are scheduled and there are very few things that can take presidence over my schedule. I prioritize as much as possible. I would say that less than one time out of 100 does something come up that disrupts my schedule. Part of it is good planning. Part is being ready to say no. And part is considering my health and fitness to be the most important part of my schedule. I am much more efficient mentally and physically when I am getting my workouts accomplished.
As for having the energy, that is part of why my workouts are a priority. Without my workouts, energy would be a problem all of the time. Sure every now and then I get really tired. But I assess whether I have the energy to properly workout and workout accordingly. But those times are very rare.
And if you are still having trouble getting your workouts to be a priority, I would suggest working out first thing in the morning. If you already got your workout in, you don’t have to muster the energy to do it later. I also find that people will “suck it up” to get a client’s workout done more than their own. So, being tired during you last client or two will require some motivaiton, but that motivation is easier to manufacture for many people.
And you still need to take your own advice on recovery and rest. Don’t drive yourself into the ground.