On again off again gym time

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    Jan 16, 2013 12:26 AM GMT
    Just curious how many guys experience this. I'll go to the gym 4-5 days a week for 2-3 months in a row and then I'll either get sick or go on vacation and find it really hard to get back to the gym regularly. I am stuck in this rut at the moment after getting really sick and now I feel lazy and slightly down.

    What do you guys do to get motivated again?
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    Jan 16, 2013 12:43 AM GMT
    chompsticks saidWhat do you guys do to get motivated again?
    Look in the mirror.

    If I don't see definition, it's time to workout again.
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    Jan 16, 2013 1:16 AM GMT
    Heh heh. I am confident in how I look although I could always get bigger. Maybe the problem is that I'm complacent with how I look.
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    Jan 17, 2013 10:35 PM GMT
    I sometimes get that too. I guess I am not really a gym rat who loves working out. Some other guys actually love it, but I see it as work to get a better and healthier body. Try doing different stuff, not just the type of exercise, but try classes, or join running group, sign up for some bootcamp or challenge or race.

    Add me as a buddy to keep tab on each other!!
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    Jan 17, 2013 10:42 PM GMT
    I don't have an answer but I have exactly the same query.
    I go alone and work really hard for a couple of months.
    Then for exactly the same reasons you have given I go flat.
    I have started my early morning runs and walks but getting to the gym now seems like a huge chore.
    I also start thinking about what the regulars I meet at the gym think of me. I don't know about you but I think there is a lot more human dynamics going on at the gym then is easily perceived. Subtle but horrendously powerful peer pressure
    so to speak.


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    Jan 17, 2013 11:34 PM GMT
    chompsticks saidHeh heh. I am confident in how I look although I could always get bigger. Maybe the problem is that I'm complacent with how I look.
    It's ok to be complacent with how you look. In fact, that's a goal of almost everyone.
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 18, 2013 1:57 AM GMT
    I personally am not like this. I try to workout wherever I am. If I cannot find a gym I will jog and do pull up on trees, push ups on benches, sit ups everywhere . There is something in me that makes me have to workout otherwise I do not feel balanced if that makes any sense.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:01 AM GMT
    TheAlchemixt saidI personally am not like this. I try to workout wherever I am. If I cannot find a gym I will jog and do pull up on trees, push ups on benches, sit ups everywhere . There is something in me that makes me have to workout otherwise I do not feel balanced if that makes any sense.
    This is what's called being an adrenaline junkie.

    And that's why - if/when we ever meet in person - we'll probably be too busy doing other fun/active stuff to even think about groping each other. Even if we want to. icon_lol.gif
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:14 AM GMT
    Mix things up a bit every now and then. Different classes, routines, even the order you do some exercises in can help. I have found in the past that changing the time of day that I work out and even which day I take off really helps to keep me from feeling like I'm a rut.
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    Jan 18, 2013 3:16 AM GMT
    Yeah this happens to me too. I think what this prevents is like, "transformations" that see some guys achieve. As in, if I worked out all the time for 2 years instead of with breaks, I'd be a lot more hunky. It takes true dedicaton and I suppose some circumstances, too.
  • reges198

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    Jan 20, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
    I feel lucky. I get cranky if I don't go to the gym because it gives me energy. So when I don't go, I feel blah. If you get to that point, you won't need motivation. You'll want to go.
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:06 AM GMT
    Leather bust is in a few months. That's my motivation. icon_cool.gif