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What To Do Next Time You’re Really Damn Bored At The Gym

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Bust that rut.

You’re totally rocking your workouts week after week, when all of the sudden you find yourself completely bored out of your mind with your routine.

Or maybe you can’t seem to get to that next level with your weight training—a.k.a. you’ve plateaued. These setbacks can make it all too easy to want to throw in the towel and call it quits. Sound painfully familiar? Follow these easy tweaks to your routine to overcome your workout rut.

RUT: YOU DEFAULT TO YOUR FAVORITE VIDEO OR YOUTUBE WORKOUT ON RAINY DAYS
Stream an online boutique class—Peloton bike not required (though we love ’em!). Early birds will love Obe, a new, 28-minute, no-equipment, full-body conditioning program live-streamed for six hours every morning (a monthly subscription is $27).

Logging on later? Sculpt lean lines with Studio Tone It Up, the recently launched iPhone app from power duo Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn. For $13 a month, you get access to dozens of on-demand workouts, with new ones rolling out every week.

RUT: YOU GO TO THE SAME CYCLING SPOT THREE TIMES A WEEK (GOTTA MAKE THE MOST OF THAT MEMBERSHIP!)

Switching it up can offer an energizing change in perspective every once in a while.

Take advantage of under-the-radar promos. Many boutique studios offer free or discounted classes for your first class or a returning visit, and some give out perks for referrals. (So tag along with a friend who’s a devotee of another tribe—it’s a win-win.) Deals aren’t always advertised, so be sure to ask.

RUT: YOU’VE COMMITTED YOUR STRENGTH CIRCUIT TO MEMORY—AND FOLLOW IT TO A T
Splurge on a single training session with a personal trainer or see if you’ve even got one in the bank—most gyms include a free session when you initially sign up. Not only can she teach you new, compound moves (like a Bulgarian split squat, versus your standard air squat) to score extra muscle definition, but the trainer can show you new tricks on old machines (like engaging a muscle from a different angle to double-down on your gains) for the next time you circuit on your own.