How I manage to stay motivated at the gym and kick some ass!

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    Sep 28, 2011 2:25 AM GMT
    Sometimes the gym you choose to work out in can mean the difference between results and stagnation. This thread might come across as shallow, so bare with me.

    Until 2 months ago, I belonged to a gym called fitness connection here in Houston. The gym was mediocre. It also attracted many first time gym enthusiasts and generally people who were very out of shape. To be honest there were not many attractive people at this gym, so I went in there, did my stuff and got out. Soon after opening my membership at this gym I began to feel stagnation very quick for a reason that was unknown to me. I started to begin losing my motivation and had mediocre workouts every day. I tried many things to try to motivate me and to push myself hard at fitness connection, but nothing really seemed to pluck me out of that perpetual plateau I was in. At the end I stayed with this gym for 2 years.

    Then I decided to change gyms two months ago. I chose probably the most cosmopolitan (aka gay) gym in Houston, and I noticed a huge change right away. This gym is bigger and it is always packed with people (which I like). This gym attracts many gym fanatics; many people who are in FAR better shape than I am. Suddenly my workouts have prolonged in length and I have pushed myself to the max every single day. I have also plummeted my body fat percentage by 2 and a half points and working on 3!! I think part of that is the motivation I get from the people who attend this gym. I see guys with amazing bodies, and I force myself to the fitness limit. Plus the eyecandy doesn’t hurt, lol. It turns out that I just love my gym and look forward to it every day.

    Some of you may believe this is shallow of me, but hey for two months now I have gained leaps and bounds, have left that nasty plateau I was in, and am in better shape than I ever have been in those previous 2 years at fitness connection. Yes I pay more for this gym every month but hey… for some of you this might help you push yourself to get the results you want! Moral of the story… change is good.
    Cheers boys!
  • waccamatt

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    Sep 28, 2011 4:10 AM GMT
    Everyone has different things that motivate them so whatever works for you is great. I love seeing hot guys at the gym, but I like it best when I'm the only one there (I go to a 24 hour facility and late evenings are my favorite time).
  • mikey_101

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    Sep 28, 2011 7:47 AM GMT
    I am also slowly coming to the dawning realisation that I need to change gym aswell.

    At the moment I get free membership to a very limited gym thats part of a hotel - it has old, very limited machines and only one of each, one bench and one set of weights.

    If there is someone else working on the same body part, its a total nightmare. Getting in free also means that I kindof need to hang back and not push in. This results in some workouts being halfhearted and not 100%.

    Here is my shallow part...... none of the male staff, apart from one, have bodys that are in shape or something to aspire to. The one with the tight, fit, muscular body works out away from where he works!!!

    I think I'm going to move there - I need to have inspiration around and the space/machines/weights available on hand to make any progress now.

    Thanks for this thread, its compounding my ideas of the way forwards.
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    Sep 28, 2011 8:21 AM GMT
    same thing with me, i was working out at Planet Fitness, which is an alright gym..but as soon as a Gold's Gym opened up near me, i joined, and the inspiration i get from just looking at other people that look 10X better than me makes me push myself even harder.
  • ilduce

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    Sep 28, 2011 8:46 AM GMT
    I find that working out with other guys in better shape and further advanced always inspires me to work harder myself. Surrounding yourself with mediocre does little to inspire excellence.
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    Sep 28, 2011 9:10 AM GMT
    ilduce saidI find that working out with other guys in better shape and further advanced always inspires me to work harder myself. Surrounding yourself with mediocre does little to inspire excellence.


    I totally agree. If I'm debating whether or not to go up a weight or whether to do another exercise, I just look at some of the guys at my gym and think, yup I'll push it that extra little bit so that one day I look like that!