What happens when you're losing interest in training?

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    May 11, 2008 8:20 PM GMT
    This past few weeks i've noticed a malaise creeping into my gym experience. I dunno what it is, but every time i go now i find it increasingly harder to concentrate, and usually end up packing it in before Ive finished my workout. I look around and see everyone else getting 'stuck in' and it makes me feel even worse! I know im not ill, though maybe a bit tired. I was wondering do any of you ever feel like this and what happens when you feel you're drive and motivation evaporate? Its taken me so long to get to this point and I dont want to see all my hard-earned gains disappear. Help!
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    May 11, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    Hmm. To be honest, I would suggest you take a break, just for a couple of weeks.

    Also, perhaps it's time to change your routine. You don't need stop exercising just do something different.
  • ShawnTX

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    May 11, 2008 8:26 PM GMT
    Time to change your routine maybe?
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    May 11, 2008 8:44 PM GMT
    I got the same way, had a week off, lots of sleep, lots of food and lots of stretching.

    Made a huge difference!
  • GQjock

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    May 11, 2008 10:00 PM GMT
    We all get stale sometimes...
    could be from stress
    overtraining
    relationship or work trouble
    even a cold
    but the best ways to get over it is to get
    renewed energy or a mental reboot

    what I usually do is
    change my routine
    my gym
    or I go out to the nearest dance club....that usually does it for me in more ways than one icon_cool.gif
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    May 11, 2008 10:08 PM GMT
    irishskin saidThis past few weeks i've noticed a malaise creeping into my gym experience. I dunno what it is, but every time i go now i find it increasingly harder to concentrate, and usually end up packing it in before Ive finished my workout. I look around and see everyone else getting 'stuck in' and it makes me feel even worse! I know im not ill, though maybe a bit tired. I was wondering do any of you ever feel like this and what happens when you feel you're drive and motivation evaporate? Its taken me so long to get to this point and I dont want to see all my hard-earned gains disappear. Help!


    YOU TURN INTO A GUY LIKE ME! BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
  • JohnDallas

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    May 12, 2008 1:33 AM GMT
    Maybe take a break from the gym so you can refocus when you go back. Also for me I have noticed when that happens to me it is more times than not my diet. Take a look at your supplements. Maybe increase your vitamin intake for a couple days. Make sure you are taking your electrolytes if you have been pushing yourself. You really don't get the trace minerals you need through food alone and hard work outs takes a lot out of you.
  • Hunter9

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    May 12, 2008 1:37 AM GMT
    redheadguy saidHmm. To be honest, I would suggest you take a break, just for a couple of weeks.

    Also, perhaps it's time to change your routine. You don't need stop exercising just do something different.


    a break of a few weeks??? id highly advise against that. a couple weeks can regress you a couple of months worth of diligent gym time, not to mention enable you to fall back into all sorts of old habits.

    take off maybe 2-3 days, and totally switch up your routine. if you were doing weight training, start swimming. if you always hit the elliptical, start doing jump rope work outs. choose some of the more obscure machines... we all get bored when we keep doing the same routine over and over
  • SkyMiles

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    May 12, 2008 2:25 AM GMT
    I'm right there with you. First I get tied to a routine, THEN I get sick of it. Try other kinds of sports or exercizes. Don't stop all together, or you'll find it's too easy to kick back and watch cable instead icon_razz.gif
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    May 12, 2008 5:02 AM GMT
    A week off has me itching to get back to the gym. A good muscle-porno is also quite encouraging for me, but that doesn't work for everyone. The BF finds it disheartening, but if it works for you, all good.
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    May 12, 2008 5:21 AM GMT
    set yourself a new target the gains or changes are obviously coming slower so either re-assess your current training to speed up those gains or set yourself a different goal ie strength as opposed to size.

    Think of the bigger picture tho as well ie where do you want to get to rather than where you are now.

    Sometimes if you are tired it makes it all the more harder but taking a break can be good as long as you write on huge letters on the calendar "Get back to the gym on X day" and stick to it.

    Looking at your piccys you have added a lot of bulk in the white tshirt piccy as opposed to the oh so sxy red pants piccy, so you have lost definition, and forgive this assumption, but you are now no longer where you want to be definition wise. Id say go for the cut now but be wise in the way ya do it to retain the muscle you have added
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    May 12, 2008 10:47 AM GMT
    I'd second the time off recommendation. Six weeks on, one off is not an uncommon workout plan. If you burn yourself completely out on the sport, you'll end up taking far more time off later on.
    You can always spend a week on another strenous sport like indoor rock climbing, and so on. Hard to argue that something like that won't hold your attention and build strength at the same time.
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    May 12, 2008 3:15 PM GMT
    Totally agree with the above re: taking a little time off. That said, you can't take a break EVERY time you find your motivation flagging. I used to have a LOT of problems with staying motivated. Here are a couple of things that I found to be big factors for me. YMMV.

    Might want to examine what time of the day you're going to the gym and how that impacts your mood. I personally know that I can't do morning workouts as I'm not awake enough. And going immediately after work isn't best as I get stuck thinking about workday issues.

    Consider your pre and post-workout food intake. If you've recently eaten, you might be a little bit sluggish as you're digesting. If you're waiting to eat until after the gym, you may be distracted by hunger.

    Finally, think about your frame of mind. Do you have a little bit of time to mentally prepare yourself or can you use stimuli like music to establish focus? I'm a lot better about motivating myself these days, but I used to have a specific gym-only playlist that I had to listen to in order to really pull focus. I realize this sounds stupid, but the human mind is fairly easy to hack and, with some time, you can train yourself to minimize distraction.
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    May 12, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    I find I easily loose interest in weight training from time to time. I get bored very easy so I have to constantly refocus just to stay with it. I'll bulk up for a bit then lean out. I go from 150-170 pretty easy. When that doesn't motivate me, it's not uncommon for me to take 2 weeks off entirely to watch TV or play video games instead of going to the gym icon_smile.gif I'm more than ready to hit the weights after that and find I make my biggest gains after my "breaks". Sometimes I pick up a sport I don't normally play for a few weeks as a way of keeping things interesting plus it's a great shock for your body.
  • auryn

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    May 12, 2008 5:31 PM GMT
    I get the same way. After a week a few days I start really wanting to get in the gym. I've come a long ways since I started and feel the desire to keep going, but sometimes I just want to say fuck it.

    I think after I'm done with the Strong and Lean, I'll do some Yoga or something. I can't stop altogether though... Pride's in a month.

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    May 12, 2008 5:41 PM GMT
    Eat a big ass chocolate cake so you'll feel guilty and stampede back to the gym. It's fool proof! I'm so smart. icon_razz.gif
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    May 14, 2008 12:58 AM GMT
    About a month ago I realized I was burned out on the gym, and had a ton of work to do in my yard and on my house. So I sort of switched. I still did a half hour of yoga 3 times a week, but I got the yard completely weeded and cleaned up, had a couple of barbecues, and finally redid the counters in my kitchen by working a little bit every night.

    By the middle of last week it was just time to get back to the gym. I knew I was losing ground and didn't want to be too frustrated by the level of strength I went back to. Started back this week and it feels incredible to be back. I got home last night and tonight and could feel that I had put myself through my paces like I hadn't done in months at the gym... Plus I got a lot of things done around the house and that feels really good too. For me I think a longer break has worked wonders.