Article, do you agree?

  • blahatthat

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    Jun 24, 2008 5:37 PM GMT
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    A very interesting read, I once had an effect like that if i workout in a gym with alot of buffs guys. I think its about whether or not you compare yourself to others when setting your personal goals
  • OptimusMatt

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    Jun 24, 2008 9:27 PM GMT
    What if it was porn? Lots of ultra-fit people in porn. I wonder if it would produce the same effect.
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    Jun 24, 2008 9:30 PM GMT
    BioMatty saidWhat if it was porn? Lots of ultra-fit people in porn. I wonder if it would produce the same effect.
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    It can
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:02 PM GMT

    They shouldn't read while on the TreadMill, they should watch the flatscreen. I remember I was running on the TreadMill once when Rocky III came on the screen. It got me so fired up I ran an extra mile on a higher speed than usual. Nothing more mood Boosting than seeing Carl Weathers in those lil star spangled shorts.

    ..............................................................Apollo

    I'm not saying reading is bad or I don't read, but I would never read during exercise. I find that I get a better workout if my attention is not diverted. I like to try and focus on the exercise, music helps me focus, so I do listen to music and apparently Rocky films also help me focus. Ofcourse, I already knew that! I have the training montage on my I-pod!


  • Teacherguy

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    Jun 24, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    yeah can't read when i'm working out..i like to focus on what i'm doing. For me...like this site for instance...motivates me to keep working harder...sure i'm muscular....but not necessarily lean...but i'm getting there...so looking at all the fellas here is encouraging...and pleasing to the eye.
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:09 PM GMT
    I'm not sure if I care if I feel good after I leave the gym. I get the same experience when lots of hot, young, muscular guys are working out at the same time I am: I leave feeling old, ugly, flat and undesirable, but I get an amazing freakin' workout.

    Two hours later my perspective returns and I'm SO ready to go back to the gym.
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    mickeytopogigio saidI'm not sure if I care if I feel good after I leave the gym. I get the same experience when lots of hot, young, muscular guys are working out at the same time I am: I leave feeling old, ugly, flat and undesirable, but I get an amazing freakin' workout.

    Two hours later my perspective returns and I'm SO ready to go back to the gym.


    Do you seriously feel old, ugly, flat and undesirable, if you are then i should stop trying now, you are incredibly hot man
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:12 PM GMT
    I think the article has a point in that how many people are ever going to look like the models in those sort of magazines. It can be dispiriting.

    But, as guiltygear says, you shouldn't really be reading while on the treadmill, it's a distraction.
  • dannyTX

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    Jun 24, 2008 10:13 PM GMT

    When I see hot in-shape men at the gym it makes me try 1000 times harder on my own workout. I find them (and magazines) to be extremely motivating.

    Oddly, when I see the same type of hot in-shape men out at a club it makes me feel self-concious. Weird, huh?
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:16 PM GMT
    I once saw in an article that many of the models are airbrushed anyway, male and female. So the look that they have is apparently unattainable even for them. That information helped me to get over the feelings i had about working out
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    Jun 24, 2008 10:17 PM GMT
    Actually, magazine photos of buff and healthy people inspire me to work out, not vice versa.
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    Jun 25, 2008 8:48 AM GMT
    I make a point of trying not to look at buff bodies on magazines or whatever AFTER a workout. It does kill the endorphin rush. But it motivates BEFORE a workout.
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    Jun 25, 2008 10:29 AM GMT
    First is the fact that the article was about women and while it references men, the test that was done was only with women who deal with different social issues. Secondly, it talks about one aspect of working out without considering the whole process. The example made well by several of you already is that reading can prevent you from doing an intense workout since you're not concentrating on the task as much as the written word.

    While there are times, personally, that I can be both inspired by the guys with incredible bodies, who are working out at the same time as I do, as I can be discouraged that they're so far beyond me (like many of the guys here). Nevertheless, I'm not quitting. I always try to choose the 'inspiration' direction.
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    Jun 25, 2008 12:54 PM GMT
    Agree with Bob, women have a much more unrealistic body ideal than men and as such are more susceptible to being disillusioned by pictures of fitter people in magazines.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 25, 2008 1:06 PM GMT
    I have a screensaver on my computer of guys whose bodies I find really inspirational and who look DAMN good in their undies. I think that that kind of visual stimulus really helps me stay motivated. But I can definitely understand the flipside. If you're working super hard to acheive your goals and you are making progress but all you do is pine away after the waxed, oily, tanned muscle studs in that glossy magazine that you picked up in the line at the grocery store, you're probably going to get depressed. If it makes you sad, QUIT DOING IT!