Back in the gym, but having problems with motivation

  • alphatop

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    Feb 22, 2012 1:16 PM GMT
    It's been 7 months since I went to gym last time. In the meantime, I moved to another city and was trying to get my things done ( work, house, etc. )...Now, when everything worked out, I found this nice gym near my place, but having really hard time with motivation. In a word, I don't feel like going, although I got my 6 months membership card.

    Any advice, thoughts, anything, would be appreciated.
  • Trepeat

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    Feb 22, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    Take a look at all of the posts in this forum complaining about how their (sex) lives suck because they don`t have gym-bodies. If not becoming one of those people isn`t motivation enough to get in shape, I don`t know what is.
  • HollywoodHist...

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    Feb 22, 2012 1:32 PM GMT
    I can't really help with this since I'm going through the same thing now - although I'm fairly motivated at the moment. If it helps I could send you a GET YOUR ASS TO THE GYM!!!!! message every couple of days icon_smile.gif
  • alphatop

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    Feb 22, 2012 1:39 PM GMT
    Trepeat saidTake a look at all of the posts in this forum complaining about how their (sex) lives suck because they don`t have gym-bodies. If not becoming one of those people isn`t motivation enough to get in shape, I don`t know what is.


    My problem isn't my sex life. I am not going to the gym so I could get laid.
  • alphatop

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    Feb 22, 2012 1:40 PM GMT
    mlitsonata saidI can't really help with this since I'm going through the same thing now - although I'm fairly motivated at the moment. If it helps I could send you a GET YOUR ASS TO THE GYM!!!!! message every couple of days icon_smile.gif


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    Feb 22, 2012 2:16 PM GMT
    dealing with similar. Job is killing me slowly and have had back-to-back colds/bronchitis. Need to get my shit together.
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    Feb 22, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    Tell you how I get my motivation. It's thinking loosely based on insecurity and desire, but I look at the finest guy in the gym, find my favorite thing about him that I want and tell myself I won't get to be with him until I get fit. I'll run further, do more sets, and do more exercises with that goal in mind.
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    Feb 22, 2012 2:35 PM GMT
    Hey, first, many congratulations on getting a gym membership. That is a major first step. Well done. You know, motivation comes by doing and seeing progress and that means small beginnings. Trying to do long, intensive sessions when we feel like this just makes things worse. So do a bit - maybe just 2 sessions a week of twenty or thirty mins of gentle CV for a 2 or three weeks( with some good music on your ipod). You will fell better from the endorphine output and start to have more energy. That inspires you to go on to do more.
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    Feb 22, 2012 2:50 PM GMT
    You won't get mtivated until you know what your goals are in the first place. I would suggest you do the basics first, like getting a general check-up at your GP and ask him/her for your measurements in terms of:

    1. Cholesterol
    2. Blood pressure
    3. BMI
    4. Body fat percentage
    5. Fasting blood sugar levels, etc.

    If there's anything that needs attention, use it as a goal and adjust your workouts and nutrition accordingly. If you don't know how to go about this, ask your gym for help or hire a personal trainer for few weeks weeks (whatever you can afford).

    Other basic measurements could include the number of push ups or pull ups your are able to do, and then to measure that again a week or two later.

    The basic idea is to take measurements of yourself and to keep a record of them periodically. It's the only way you'll know if you are making progress towards your goals. This is a great motivator for me, because I see the results.

    Another great motivator for me is to make a friend or two at the gym and to try to keep to the same workout schedule they keep so that you can help each other out. Belonging to a group of friends with smiliar fitness interests is a great motivator.

    Putting up pictures of buff dudes on my fridge and trying to tell myself that I will look like them if I workout hard enough never worked for me.

    So,
    1. Define your goal/s
    2. Take measurements. Keep records.
    3. Make friendships with other gym-goers / personal trainers who will motivate you and hold you accountable for your progress.
  • alphatop

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    Feb 22, 2012 3:09 PM GMT
    Martin_Maros saidYou won't get mtivated until you know what your goals are in the first place. I would suggest you do the basics first, like getting a general check-up at your GP and ask him/her for your measurements in terms of:

    1. Cholesterol
    2. Blood pressure
    3. BMI
    4. Body fat percentage
    5. Fasting blood sugar levels, etc.

    If there's anything that needs attention, use it as a goal and adjust your workouts and nutrition accordingly. If you don't know how to go about this, ask your gym for help or hire a personal trainer for few weeks weeks (whatever you can afford).

    Other basic measurements could include the number of push ups or pull ups your are able to do, and then to measure that again a week or two later.

    The basic idea is to take measurements of yourself and to keep a record of them periodically. It's the only way you'll know if you are making progress towards your goals. This is a great motivator for me, because I see the results.

    Another great motivator for me is to make a friend or two at the gym and to try to keep to the same workout schedule they keep so that you can help each other out. Belonging to a group of friends with smiliar fitness interests is a great motivator.

    Putting up pictures of buff dudes on my fridge and trying to tell myself that I will look like them if I workout hard enough never worked for me.

    So,
    1. Define your goal/s
    2. Take measurements. Keep records.
    3. Make friendships with other gym-goers / personal trainers who will motivate you and hold you accountable for your progress.



    Thanks a bunch, this will help a lot!
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    Feb 22, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    When I need motivation, to go to the gym, I rely on one thing CAFFEINE" Nothing works better ...and I train like a mad man. A partner, who is more advanced, will also do the trick, and show you the ropes. If you lived near me..I'd motivate you..I hope lol.
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    Feb 22, 2012 10:05 PM GMT
    "The toughest lift is your ass off the couch" I forget who said that originally, but it's true. MartinM made some great points too. In the short time I've been on RJ it's motivated me to step up my game & break out of the winter slump I was in. Good luck!