BerkleeBoy118 saidI have been telling myself that I'm gonna start working out next week. That would be fine, except I've been telling myself that for about 4 years.
How can I finally get motivated to get into the gym? :/
'Phone the gym and make an appointment with a trainer. Having a definite appointment to keep will motivate you to get there to keep the appointment. Schedule a few sessions with the trainer to get you started; that will provide continuing motivation. Probably six scheduled sessions would be sufficient. Having to pay for the sessions with the trainer is an advantage; you'd have wasted you money if you did not continue to work out, and that will provide even more motivation.
Using suggestions from the trainer, make up a work-out chart, indicating which exercises you will do, how much weight / resistance you will use, and how many repetitions you do on the first set. Every time you do an exercise, update the number of repetitions you were able to do. That will provide an indication of progress and provide additional motivation. You can make the chart on your computer, using either a word processor (such as Microsoft Word) or a spread sheet program (such as Microsoft Excel). Every time you complete the chart, print a new one. Keep the completed charts.
Where I work out, i.e., Defined Fitness, very few members use work out charts; at some gyms, almost everyone does. I strongly recommend charts because otherwise it is difficult or impossible to remember how much weight / resistance you used the last time and how many repetitions you were able to do, especially when you have a dozen or more different exercises. And, without a chart, it is difficult to track progress. Seeing progress will help to maintain motivation.