Where did you first find your motivation to work out ?

  • Danskerb

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    Jan 21, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    I'm curious to know what drove you to work out and to develop your bodies into what they are today?

    I'm honestly just looking for good motivation for myself right now. I've used a pool, my bike and my running shoes all my life for working out, and i'm just starting to play with the weights. Its definitely intimidating starting out.

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    Jan 21, 2011 12:49 PM GMT
    My initial motivator to do strength training was the fact that I played football and rugby in high school and would workout in the offseason to maintain my fitness level. It is amazing how much motivation the fear of being crushed by opponents can be.

    Now I only play rec league sports once or twice a week but I still hit the gym. My biggest motivator is that it gives me a chance to get away (mentally) from work and I can feel my stress melt away and my confidence soar.

    Just starting to lift weights can be intimidating but you'll get the hang of it if you persist. A big thing to do is to try and ignore people that may intimidate you. I bring music or have a workout partner and that seems to help.
  • jc_online

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    Jan 21, 2011 1:01 PM GMT
    My relationship came to an end after 7.5 years (not my choice), so I took an inventory of myself and what I wanted out of life and relationships. I realized I was out of shape and fat (not really FAT, but it felt that way). A good friend said to me, "If you want to get the hot guys, you've got to be the hot guy." That was what I needed. I bought a gym membership and hired a trainer for 6 months, bought a great workout fundamentals book, and went at it.

    Today I weigh more than I did then, but it's muscle, not flab, and I'm in the best shape of my life. And I got a hot guy! Actually since then (2005) I've had a few hot guys. Starting to workout was the best thing I have ever done for myself.

    My motivation now is that working out helps reduce my stress and increase my self confidence.

    For me, hiring a trainer was the key to getting it right from the start.
    Best of luck as you discover what works for you!
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:03 PM GMT
    same here JC. Started at the end of a 9 year relationship. Best motivator ever.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:14 PM GMT
    I looked in the mirror and threw up everywhere, it was such a pain in the ass to clean up I decided to go to the gym to avoid future occurrences. Lifting weights is like crack, very addicting.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:15 PM GMT
    KardioKing saidI looked in the mirror and threw up everywhere, it was such a pain in the ass to clean up I decided to go to the gym to avoid future occurrences. Lifting weights is like crack, very addicting.


    This is a very practical response to reflection induced vomiting. Me: I realised that if I wanted to look good I needed to lift. Full stop.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:16 PM GMT
    I started when I was 16 and I tore my hip flexure twice in a row playing soccer and tennis too much. I was out for 7 months and the doc told me to strengthen my core. My motivation ended up being to prevent injury.
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:17 PM GMT
    Lostboy said
    KardioKing saidI looked in the mirror and threw up everywhere, it was such a pain in the ass to clean up I decided to go to the gym to avoid future occurrences. Lifting weights is like crack, very addicting.


    This is a very practical response to reflection induced vomiting.


    What can I say? I'm a pretty level headed individual... I haven't slept in 24 hours so I'm gonna go into a temporary coma now. Kbai
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 21, 2011 1:20 PM GMT
    Always had the interest, but not the enthusiasm (I didn't have a good PE experience when I was in middle school). It was really in law school I
    got the incentive (and a good reason, I was having problems with my lower back due to years of riding my horse without a saddle).

    Suddenly, with a little exercise, I was able to substantially reduce my back issue.. to nothing. Good incentive. I was launched and have never looked back!
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:30 PM GMT
    Music makes it happen at the gym...via my iPod. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 21, 2011 1:46 PM GMT
    Lol my motivation came from 2 things: rejection and the gym. I just started lifting weights and working 3 years ago cause I realized guys i met want athletic to muscular bodies. When I stepped into the gym, yep there was the other motivation lot of hot muscular and athletic guys. Plus working out helps channels concentration on specific goals. I believe i'm always a work in progress so the journey always continues icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:06 PM GMT
    Early experiences of bullying and rejection.
  • bad_wolf

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    Jan 21, 2011 2:22 PM GMT
    Gladiators on ITV
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:31 PM GMT
    In the mirror.
  • shirty

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    Jan 21, 2011 2:35 PM GMT
    Wannabeacho saidI started when I was 16 and I tore my hip flexure twice in a row playing soccer and tennis too much. I was out for 7 months and the doc told me to strengthen my core. My motivation ended up being to prevent injury.


    Injury here as well. Dislocated my knee (which was related to a weak core, and poor posture).

    Nothing like being told your body is going to fall apart on you if you don't do something fast! Quite the motivator.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:43 PM GMT
    My motivation with the overhauling is to look good and feel good...

    Oh and show the smurfing losers who thought I wasn't good enough to realize that they weren't good enough for me :p
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:44 PM GMT
    I was in love. The other person was fit and I realized I was not.
    Nowadays, I just enjoy it because it freshens up my mind and keeps me from thinking about any problems.
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    Jan 21, 2011 2:49 PM GMT
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  • metatextual

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    Jan 21, 2011 3:15 PM GMT
    I've always been fairly fit because of the amount of biking I do, but i have/had almost no upper body strength to speak of so I decided that lifting weights would probably help.

    Lifting weights has one fairly glaring downside for me in that I require even more food, more frequently than I would need otherwise if I just stuck with the biking.
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:32 PM GMT
    Never grew up being involved in athletics. Family is ALL between overweight and obese. Went from a 33 inch waist to a 36 inch and looked in the mirror. Realized I was no different from the rest of my family. Made the decision, I would be the one in the picture that they couldn't find....Where's Waldo, Where's Don. I'm a 32 inch waist now and addicted. And physically, I feel good (except for the occasional old man aches and pains).
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:47 PM GMT
    In middle school, we would have weight lifting competitions during athletics. The winner would become one of the captains who led the class. Always really pushed myself to lift the most and become a captain. Has always been part of my daily life since that time.
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    Jan 21, 2011 3:54 PM GMT
    Growing up I was always really skinny...and being tall, I looked like a stick with really large feet. I never liked they way I looked, and had a very low self image of myself.

    I remember in the late 80's going into a gym because I wanted to do something about it...and was pretty much told by the person behind the counter to not even bother, as I did not have the body type for it.

    About ten years later I was in the Bahamas, and a friend took a full length side profile picture of me...and when I saw it, I was horrified!! I decided right then that I needed to do something about this.

    When I started in 1997, I weighed 165 pounds, I think my chest, and waist were almost the same size, arms were maybe 12.5...all in all, a pretty sad state of affair.

    Finally 13 years later (working out on and off...getting serious about it in the last 5 years or so) I am finally to a point where I don't feel skinny any more, and pretty happy with the person I see when I look into the mirror.

    So, to all of you just starting out...KUDOS!!
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:28 PM GMT
    The inability to tie my own shoes.

    I went from a 44" waist to 32".
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    Jan 21, 2011 4:47 PM GMT
    My first motivation was external...I needed to get in shape for the military. I was skinny as hell growing up and smoked to boot. Retrospective: YIKES.

    The motivation was quickly internalized when I began to excel athletically. The more I competed, the more I wanted to improve. Inevitably I began surrounding myself with like-minded others and the rest is pretty much history.

    Now, working out is second nature. I'll skip a meal before I skip the gym. I keep motivated by changing up the ways in which I challenge myself physically. There's also nothing quite like being kinisthetically (yes, I think I just made that up) in tune with your body!

    I agree with others that the initial hurdle (actually starting a program and maintaining it) is a challenge, but know you'll be rewarded--physically and otherwise. Set attainable goals for yourself and then self-adjust upward until you are in the shape you want to be in. Most importantly, do it for yourself as, at the end of the day, you are your own best motivator. It's great to have an outward examplar, but your inner drive is what will keep you going.
  • Citrushills

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    Jan 21, 2011 4:50 PM GMT
    Bxp011 saidI'm curious to know what drove you to work out and to develop your bodies into what they are today?

    I'm honestly just looking for good motivation for myself right now. I've used a pool, my bike and my running shoes all my life for working out, and i'm just starting to play with the weights. Its definitely intimidating starting out.



    The motivation?--Results including weight reduction (got waist from 42 down to 31), got more interest from the younger men that I'm interested in, and I can eat dessert without getting fat again!