12.6.16

Motivation Factors: What Drives Us

By Travelle Gaines

For this week’s training segment with athletic trainer Travelle Gaines we chatted about the topic of motivation. Motivation and goal setting is something that has been very important to Gaines throughout his career, and he looks to pass that on to others. Below are some thoughts Gaines had on the topic.

Workout Motivation

TT: Trent Tetzlaff, Eastbay Copywriter

TG: Travelle Gaines, Professional Athletic Trainer

TT: How would you define motivation?

TG: Motivation, to me, is what changes your behavior about something — it drives your actions to succeed.

TT: How were you motivated as a young athlete?

TG: We all are motivated in our own ways. For me, growing up and being around sports all the time made me want to participate in those sports and either get a scholarship or become a pro. Not knowing any better at the time, my motivation was that they made plenty of money.

TT: Can an athlete make it in their sport without clear motivation of some sort?

TG: You can’t tell me that getting up at 5 a.m. every single morning to train, eat, work out, and go to class are things done leisurely or without purpose. There must be something deep within that drives those acts. Often I ask the kids that come into our Athletic Gaines facilities, “What’s Your Why?”  Their responses vary, but every successful athlete is able to define their motivation — that someone or something — that pushes them to success.

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TT: Why is becoming motivated and setting goals important for any athlete?

TG: Motivation is very important; it impacts your approach and essentially keeps you working towards something. Without it, it’s much more likely you’ll quit short of your goals. Remembering your why behind your actions and setting goals — short and long term — will keep you waking up at 5 a.m. for workouts, staying late after practice to run more sprints, or doing more reps than required in the weight room.

TT: How would you tell a young athlete today to find motivation and to stay on that track to success?

TG: First of all, Think of something that you enjoy doing or do often (i.e. working, lifting weights, catching a football). Secondly, think about the possibilities of becoming the best you can at it, and where it could lead you (i.e. making varsity, getting a collegiate scholarship, making the pros). Lastly, Set goals to reach those heights and constantly work toward them (i.e. wake up at 5 a.m. for workouts, do 25 push-ups every night, run 10 sprints a day).

TT: Any final words of wisdom for the young athlete out there?

TG: Once you find what really motivates you, stay consistent and work hard until you ultimately become successful.

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