How do you get motivation?

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    Dec 22, 2010 7:43 PM GMT
    i realise its hard for me to get motivated.
    i get excited for a bit and then it wears off.
    i know i want to get back into shape but dont know what happens.

    so just wondering how people get motivated to stick on their routine

  • Dec 22, 2010 11:57 PM GMT
    for me i look at the pics and profiles of muscle bears on this site and www.bigmusclebears.com.

    when i see a guy who has similar height and weight as me but an awesome built body, i get motivated to try to emulate them because then i am physically in the same body "ball park" as them...so hopefully achievable by me.
  • rioriz

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    Dec 23, 2010 12:01 AM GMT
    I get motivated by looking at others pictures and see what they have that I don't. One reason I have gone leg crazy the past couple months! I have added about 5 lbs of muscle and most from my legs.

    You have to make working out a routine though. If you do it religiously everyday or such at the same time it makes it easier to do.
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    Dec 23, 2010 1:35 AM GMT
    What routine? I just workout when I feel like it, and take days when I don't.
    Some weeks I'll workout every day. Some days I'll walk by the weights and say "meh" and get another cup of coffee.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Dec 23, 2010 1:44 AM GMT
    As of late I get it from my mom. My mom, dear lord I love her, but she needs to lose weight for her own sake. I have always wanted to eat better and I figured that I would support my mom doing weight watchers by putting myself on a diet. Aside from the two of us looking better than ever, our relationship is better than ever.
  • MrPapo317

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    Dec 23, 2010 2:05 AM GMT
    Usually by looking at pic of other guys like others posted.

    something that works for me is wearing a shirt that fits my belly kinda snug, i get self conscience when talking with others and think that they are looking at my gut.
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    Dec 23, 2010 2:11 AM GMT
    write down your goals - maybe write down how being in great shape will affect your ability to attain those goals?
    Talk to people and if you need to get some help - hire a PT or better yet - hang out with like-minded people.
    They say your will power is never as strong as your environment. If you hang with negative, lazy people you will become like them. Hang out with motivated, successful people whose goals are aligned with yours.
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    Dec 23, 2010 2:28 AM GMT
    Join Bodybuilding.com. It's a great motivator for me because I can see everybody's progress photos as they post them. You can also see your friends develop as time passes, which is awesome. Also great because you can get advice from others and critical feedback on your own progress photos.

    I get motivated in two ways on there: seeing examples of how I want to look, and seeing examples of how I don't DON'T want to look! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Dec 23, 2010 8:56 AM GMT
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    thanks guys!
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    Dec 23, 2010 9:00 AM GMT
    dondud, with your youth you can try supplements to help boost your energy levels pre-work out. Don't OD on it though, just give you enough for an extra boost. Try to work out during the period of time where you have the most energy. Find a work out buddy. They'll keep you going and push you when you start slacking off. Also, start cruising people more at the gym. That's always fun. icon_cool.gif

    If you have an iPhone, get iFitness. It's got a LOT of exercises for the price, which I think is $1.99.
  • barriehomeboy

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    Dec 23, 2010 9:14 AM GMT
    You need to have some goal in mind, instead of being, well, random.

    Find a picture of a really hot guy who bares a resemblance to you, and that you hope to look like, and stick it on your fridge door, to remind you of that goal, and to stop you from eating.

    Check out the Exercise for Men, or Men's Excrcise magazines for pictures of such men. They claim to be a str8 publication, but..well you judge by their ads You can buy them at your local mega grocery store. They're not a brown bag kinda thing at the news stand.







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    Dec 23, 2010 9:22 AM GMT
    JAKEBENSON said Don't OD on it though, just give you enough for an extra boost.


    icon_razz.gif what kind were you talking abt?
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:05 PM GMT
    Motivational quotes do the trick for me:

    "Someone once told me the definition of Hell: The last day you have on Earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become."

    "You can have results or you can have excuses, not both."

    "Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." - Aristotle
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:09 PM GMT
    It's all in the music! And loud, but only my iPod; hate the music they play in gyms.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:20 PM GMT
    Keeping some kind of log is a good motivational tool. It's a nice way to track your progress and see how far you've improved. Finding a workout buddy is great too.

    And then of course, getting over a breakup tends to motivate me.
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:29 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6XAPnuFjJc
  • denvermark

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    Dec 25, 2010 5:30 PM GMT
    I set a goal in the near future, usually to coincide with an event. Like right now, I want to look good to go out dancing on New Year's Eve. So the goal is to drop my body fat percentage a bit. I set that goal a couple of months ago and each time I think about eating a Christmas cookie or think about skipping the gym, I think about my goal and what I should be doing instead to reach it. That helps me put the cookie down and go do an extra 150 calories of cardio.
  • Syphon

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    Dec 25, 2010 5:36 PM GMT
    When you start to see the results from your hard work, you'll want to do more... a lot more.
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    Dec 25, 2010 5:50 PM GMT
    Write down your goals for 2011

    Write down your workout schedule

    Then stick to your schedule

    Look at pics of other guys who have great bodies, that will make you want to look like them

    Visible results will also inspire you, but if they are slow in coming, don't worry about it, just keep going

    When people compliment you about the changes they're seeing, this too motivates, so hang with friendly positive people who don't mind issuing a compliment once in a while

    Keep challenging yourself to do better

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    Dec 25, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    Here we are on a site called realjock and everyone's motivation for working out is VANITY. How about becoming a jock at something. Seriously. I use to want a big muscle body and then I turned 25. I realized I am a happy with my tall thin body. I never quit being active. Why don't people want to play? Why must everything be about discipline and going to the gym. I grew up in a pool so I love to swim, particularly in a lake or ocean. I was a competitive runner so I loved to run particularly up a mountain side or through the woods. How can you not like to bike be it mountain biking or road biking. Then there are the real fun sports like skiing, surfing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, kite surfing etc...... If you have an activity that you love to do you will want to be in excellent shape in order to get maximum enjoyment. Surely there has to be some type of physical activity other than looking pretty that you and the other guys here like to do.

    Once you are in good physical condition going to the gym is a piece of cake. You are there simply to tune up a few muscles to help you have more fun when you're not there.

    Then again you could skip the gym and spend the day looking at photos of perfect men and hate yourself for not being them.
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    Dec 25, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    MarriedAdam saidIt's all in the music! And loud, but only my iPod; hate the music they play in gyms.icon_rolleyes.gif


    true that!
    So what kind of music pump one the hell up during workout?
  • starboard5

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    Dec 25, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    Not sure what would work for you, personally. I enjoy working out; it feels good and its benefits persist beyond the time I'm engaged in it. So, there's health and vanity. But more than that, it's the exercise in self-discipline that's involved. Also, people who are engaged in regular physical activity strengthen the mind/body connection. You can appreciate this aspect more if you get some experience in yoga or tai chi, and meditation. Ultimately, it's not about something you do, it's about how you live your life.
  • Leo123

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    Dec 25, 2010 8:36 PM GMT
    friendormate saidHere we are on a site called realjock and everyone's motivation for working out is VANITY. How about becoming a jock at something. Seriously. I use to want a big muscle body and then I turned 25. I realized I am a happy with my tall thin body. I never quit being active. Why don't people want to play? Why must everything be about discipline and going to the gym. I grew up in a pool so I love to swim, particularly in a lake or ocean. I was a competitive runner so I loved to run particularly up a mountain side or through the woods. How can you not like to bike be it mountain biking or road biking. Then there are the real fun sports like skiing, surfing, whitewater kayaking, rock climbing, kite surfing etc...... If you have an activity that you love to do you will want to be in excellent shape in order to get maximum enjoyment. Surely there has to be some type of physical activity other than looking pretty that you and the other guys here like to do.

    Once you are in good physical condition going to the gym is a piece of cake. You are there simply to tune up a few muscles to help you have more fun when you're not there.

    Then again you could skip the gym and spend the day looking at photos of perfect men and hate yourself for not being them.


    Omg, this is a kick in RJ's nuts. Good job.
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    Dec 26, 2010 1:11 AM GMT
    I get motivated when I don't see the results I want. It's weird. I really want to look a certain way; I don't really know if it'll ever happen. But, I know that I look and feel better than if I didn't work out.
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    Dec 27, 2010 9:56 PM GMT
    For me it's the changes that occur to my body. I'm a pro-skydiver and also compete in indoor tunnel events so being able to perform new tricks w/o the risk of injury or just being able to do them while others cant is a huge motivator.

    The high I get from workingout too, nothing like being able to go to bed all rested after working out a few hours prior too. You just need to find what motivates you and take it from there.