How Can I Get Motivated To Work Out?!

  • BerkleeBoy118

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    Nov 05, 2011 5:08 PM GMT
    I 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? :/
  • FRE0

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    Nov 05, 2011 6:23 PM GMT
    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.
  • calibro

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    Nov 05, 2011 7:21 PM GMT
    if you can't find the motivation in yourself after four years you're delusional to think someone will just magically give it yourself on here. you either find in yourself or you make excuses.
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:24 PM GMT
    Herp derp, have you actually tried going to a gym? You should go right now, if you really want to. Telling yourself you'll do it later is just an illusion of time. If you could do it later, why not do it right now?

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    Nov 05, 2011 7:26 PM GMT
    Um just tell yourself where would I be right now had I actually gotten my lazy-ass up and gone to the gym. Just think of the results. That's what I do. icon_smile.gif

    Oh and as an added bonus just think imagine all the more ass I'll get when I is lookin supah fly and hot. Haha. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:30 PM GMT
    Have been in those ruts before. One trick that I've tried is just to show up at the gym every day. Even if I don't know what I'm going to do when I get there, I just show up. I always find something to do worth while. Even if I'm only there for 20 minutes, I've done myself more good than if I sat at home.

    I think it was Woody Allen who said, "90% of success in life is just showing up. The rest takes care of itself." It is so true.
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:37 PM GMT
    Nivek saidHave been in those ruts before. One trick that I've tried is just to show up at the gym every day. Even if I don't know what I'm going to do when I get there, I just show up. I always find something to do worth while. Even if I'm only there for 20 minutes, I've done myself more good than if I sat at home.

    I think it was Woody Allen who said, "90% of success in life is just showing up. The rest takes care of itself." It is so true.


    i'm currently in one of those, every morning i try to convince myself to go to gym but it just doesn't happen. will break the cycle tomorrow by trying this out
  • Tritimium

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    Nov 05, 2011 7:53 PM GMT
    Go and read the stories / watch videos of guys who've lost limbs in Afghanistan, and how they've fought so hard to get some sort of independence back. In particular, Tom Neathway (UK Paras, I think), who lost 3 limbs.

    Then remind yourself how lucky you are to have no real obstacles / excuses to not be hitting personal bests in the gym on a regular basis.
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:56 PM GMT
    Find a buddy, or two, and sign up with a personal trainer for sessions. If you don't show, someone from the group will call. Accountability.

    Keep a diary/record of your workouts.
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    Nov 05, 2011 7:59 PM GMT
    Whatever you do, don't meet the man of your dreams while you've been slacking off and gone all flabby.

    Motivated yet?
  • josephmovie

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    Nov 05, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    Look after 4 years I think you can say that the gym is just not your thing. Try something else.
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    Nov 05, 2011 8:11 PM GMT
    Is there anything unmotivating you?

    I was always very intimidated by the gym environment. I feel very out-of-place around all of the jocks. I finally stopped viewing it as something optional that I'd get around to eventually. My health, both now and in the future, is dependent on eating right and exercising properly. I may never have the perfect gym bod. I stopped focusing on the superficial aspects and started focusing on the health benefits. What you can't see going on in your body is what is more important than the outward physical appearance.
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    Nov 05, 2011 8:41 PM GMT
    BerkleeBoy118 saidHow can I finally get motivated to get into the gym? :/
    Take nude pictures of yourself and post them on RJ.
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    Nov 05, 2011 9:02 PM GMT
    Animus saidHerp derp, have you actually tried going to a gym? You should go right now, if you really want to. Telling yourself you'll do it later is just an illusion of time. If you could do it later, why not do it right now?
    Best response ever, Animus!

    There is only NOW.

    The ones who will fail? They make resolutions to start on January 1st. They make resolutions to start after Thanksgiving, or birthday or....

    The ones who succeed? We use NOW to prepare healthy food so it's grab-and-go. We pack the gymbag so our stuff is ready for next time. We say 'no' to invitations that interrupt/interfere with gym time.

    And, Jeff (Berkleeboy118 ), if you're reading this response, please take the advice of Animus: Do it right now. After all, it's what you want, isn't it?


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    Nov 06, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    Motivation is overrated. "Doing" is what really matters. Motivation is like a reward or icing on the cake. Download some good songs you like that will help your workout and help distract you from of the less interesting exercises. Just do it.
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:11 AM GMT
    I'm the same way, you just have to do it there's no way to motivate yourself. Telling myself man if I only had started or kept this up 2 years ago imagine what I'd look like now, is more frustrating and unmotivating I find.

    You really just have to do it and not put it off. If you're like me, then it goes like this:

    "Okay I'm going to finally start working out. It's the weekend though kind of tired Monday is the day."

    Monday comes and work runs late, get home tired them people show up stay late.

    "Okay well it's 7pm so I guess so much for working out tonight. I'll start tomorrow. Oh wait I have violin lessons tomorrow night, well we'll start Wednesday then. Oh but I have that interview on Friday I forgot about, now I can't work out until that's out of the way because it's too much on my mind. I'm out of town this weekend, next week sounds good we'll start Monday."

    And same thing over and over. Like in my mind I think I'm waiting for some Monday to come around where I have absolutely nothing going on, free every night, nothing to dread having to do like an interview or dentist appointment, no meetings, no nothing. Which of course doesn't exist, there's always something going on! So you pretty much just have to say no I'm starting right now and do it.
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:12 AM GMT


    look at this and think about it
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    Nov 06, 2011 12:14 AM GMT
    Just do it. If you need a huge cheerleader group to get you there in the first place then it´s hardly going to last.

    Does this matter to you?

    If yes, do it. If not, shut up about it.

    Life is that simple. Make life that simple.
  • mizu5

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    Nov 06, 2011 1:27 AM GMT
    josephmovie saidLook after 4 years I think you can say that the gym is just not your thing. Try something else.
    He's 21, not 60. I'm sure many people on here enver stepped foot in a gym until after 21.
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    My motivation was/is the mirror
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    Nov 06, 2011 1:29 AM GMT
    Just look at the guys on here. Most of them have beautiful bodies, and they're not even Photoshopped, airbrushed or altered, unlike what you see in all the magazines. That should be enough to inspire you.