How to Maintain Motivation All Year Round with Andrew Papadopoulos

by Madeleine Borgersen

It’s normal to go through highs and lows when it comes to training, but unfortunately, sometimes these lows can cause a lack of motivation that may see the end of the fitness journey for some people. We’ve got Andrew Papadopolous in to share all the tips to keeping that motivation high, all year long!

How to Maintain Motivation All Year Round with Andrew Papadopoulos

Andrew ‘Pap’ Papadopolous is a SKINS athlete and owner of Battle Fit Australia.

When you are going through a lot in life, work is busy or your personal life is in disarray, you may find that you start feeling tired and run down. Pair that with a few average workouts because ‘you just weren’t into it’ and you can quickly see why people start to lose motivation.

Here are my top tips for maintaining motivation all year round. Give them a go next time your not feeling up to it.

Have Something to Train For

Whether it is a fun run, an obstacle course, triathlon or other, I ALWAYS have an event to train for and I strongly advise my clients to sign up to a few events each year too.

Having something to train for means that you have a specific date that you need to be ready by. Your training has structure, tests and is tangible, meaning you’re accountable. When you start to see improvements in your performance and energy levels you’ll be hooked!

Look for a local event near you and sign up now. Get your friends involved too so you have a support network.

Some of my favourite local events including the Sydney Morning Herald Half Marathon, City to Surf, Sydney Running Festival and the Raw Challenge Obstacle races. They are all good events for anyone to participate in, especially if you are a beginner.

Choose a Gym That Has Lots of Variety When It Comes to Classes

If you are someone who doesn’t quite know what you like yet when it comes to fitness, then I suggest signing up to a Bootcamp or a Gym that offers a lot of variety so you can try different things.

Mixing up your training is not only fun, but you will also have different things to look forward to every day of the week.

If you don’t like the idea of a gym, try a few outdoor training groups until you find one that you like. Most outdoor training groups end up building a community of like-minded individuals so you may even make some friends, which further cements your commitment not to yourself to arrive to class but to your fitness friends!

Buddy Up

When you are starting out it’s good to be held accountable which is why you should get a friend along for the ride.

Get your friend to sign up to the same running event, or bootcamp as you and then make dates to train together. This should encourage you to show up to training because you don’t want to be the one responsible for letting down the team!

We are all time poor these days, so doubling your workout as a catch up session is not only time efficient but your workout will quickly turn into something that you look forward too and don’t want to miss.

Even share tips on your nutrition, meal preps, supplementation, before/after shots and help keep each other motivated during training when it gets tough!


Andrew Pap is a SKINS athlete, star of Search4Hurt Season 2 and the owner of Battle Fit Australia.

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