"Suck Less"-Unusual Ways to Motivate Yourself to Workout

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    May 05, 2011 2:01 AM GMT
    Hello Realjock,
    I'll be the first to admit, that some days I don't feel like going to the gym. It is on these days that I try to say something to get myself going like "C'mon Zach, suck less" and make myself go(This works very well for life as well in terms of filling out job apps, doing laundry, etc). It got me thinking what might be unusual ways to motivate yourself to go to the gym/get things done. Rule: It has to have worked significantly well for you.
    -Z
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    May 05, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    I think of it as an opportunity to build my body - this is my chance.
    Hope that makes sense.icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 05, 2011 10:58 AM GMT
    I've never done anything like this but am going to try "suck Less" lol I'l give you an update.
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    May 05, 2011 11:04 AM GMT
    I totally just look in the mirror where i have a picture of me in HS where i had a lot more flub and roll
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    May 05, 2011 11:08 AM GMT
    I tell myself "Dont Be A Pussy!" then listen to rager music at the gym..
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    May 05, 2011 12:36 PM GMT
    I tell my self that no one from RJ would ever hit me up again begging for a hook up if I started looking out-of-shape.
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    May 05, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    I come from a family of what I would call "large stock." So I know that genetics are not my friend. So if I want to look good and feel good, it's all up to me.

    I love working out but some days I dread the workout that I have to do because I know there will be pain and exhaustion...like today (when I had to do speed intervals at my VO2 max). It helps that I have a coach that sets my ironman training up and I have to report back (so accountability is a good thing). At the same time, I know I could lie and just say that I did it. But in the end...I don't because what good would that do.

    So when I get to the point in a workout when I'm totally exhausted and the pain threshold is peaking (and all I want to do is stop), I tell myself...this is what this workout is all about. Everything up to now, was just to get you to this point and now (and only now) is when your extra effort counts. This is why you're doing this workout...to push it at the end when you have nothing left to give. You have to dig deep. The satisfaction afterwards is worth the pain to get there.
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    May 05, 2011 1:40 PM GMT
    i put a sticky note on my fridge that said

    "Eat a salad you hippo beast"

    it helped me eat better
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    May 05, 2011 1:55 PM GMT
    There's a mirror in my hallway that's positioned where I can't help but look at myself when walking through; and I'm almost always in my undies or nude when I'm home.

    That alone is enough motivation to stay fit.
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    May 05, 2011 3:52 PM GMT
    I have this quote on a piece of paper taped above my bed so it's the first thing I see in the morning:

    "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit"
    -Aristotle

    I usually workout early in the mornings, so it gets my ass out of bed better than my alarm clock. But it can also apply to everyday things as well (work, household chores, etc.)