Going to the gym is getting boring

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    Sep 04, 2007 2:42 PM GMT
    My routine sucks, I don't have anyone to go with, and I'm not losding much weight since I statred going.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 04, 2007 2:47 PM GMT
    Doesn't how great you feel after you go motivate you to continue?
    I know some days, when I was first starting, the only thing that kept me getting up at 4:30 every morning to make it to the gym before work was I really enjoyed my audio book. www.audible.com has 40,000 or so audio books, and some are really addicting...
    Perhaps giving yourself something to look forward to, like listening to a good book can help cut back on the monotony...
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    Sep 04, 2007 5:29 PM GMT
    You need to alter the routine. If you're not already, consider using a trainer at least occasionally. If you don't have one, get an mp3 player. If you do, fill it up with a ton of new music. Only the cardio part of your gymming will probably affect your weight. The weight lifting may not. Other's here can talk about that more than I.

    Also, remember, boredom will not kill you. Being too overweight will.
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    Sep 04, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    Many gym-goers forget the joys of the great outdoors and it might be just what you need to shock your body out of the monotony. It's amazing how challanging (and how well the body responds to) a rigorous walk outdoors for say 30min versus that say 30 done on a treadmill (to say nothing of how natural topography has a way of kicking your ass when you least expect it). Also, try getting some beats (i.e. music) that make you feel sexy, aggressive, and energized and let the music carry you through the workout (works for me on "those days"). As far as the weight-loss part, perhaps in addition to altering your routine you may need to adjust you diet (maybe a wider variety of fruits and vegetables; less refined sugar; stick to water and juice for a few weeks and entirely cut out booze).

    Hope that helps and keep up...it's worth it in the long run! :)
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    Sep 04, 2007 8:58 PM GMT
    I'm with Jackal. Time to hit the road!
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    Sep 04, 2007 9:49 PM GMT
    I'm lucky enough to live in a city with a lot of biking trails. Started by walking them, worked my way up to running them. I have four different routes I usually take, depending on my mood, and traffic. You'd be surprised how fast 90minutes flies by when you have a river to walk beside.
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    Sep 04, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    If your goal is losing weight, you may be wasting time doing non-cardio activities. Weight loss was my initial goal, and despite mentioning this to the gym trainer, my initial programs were well over 50% muscle-building focussed.

    The audio-book suggestion was excellent, personally I managed to read on the crosstrainer.

    Also, don't forget that cardio goes hand-in-hand with diet... my rule is nothing that is more than 30% sugar or 20% fat (look on the side of the packet)... (no butter, no soft drinks, no take-aways etc etc etc and etc!!...)

    Hopefully when you see progress this will inspire you, but realistically you won't get anywhere near your goals in the first six months. (Well, that was my experience anyway)
  • GQjock

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    Sep 04, 2007 10:30 PM GMT
    Uh-oh... someone throwin' a little gay male pity party
    It's the old ... i don't have anyone to go with and nothing changin on my body....
    Having a workout partner is more work than it's worth actually
    and if you want results then make sure that you get them
    You've got to give yourself a good 6 months to see any real change first of all and if you're not leaving the gym a whole lot wetter than when you went in ... then you're not gonna see much progress
    I know it can be a drudge sometimes but...man...just think of all the benefits :)
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    Sep 04, 2007 10:52 PM GMT
    "My routine sucks, I don't have anyone to go with, and I'm not losding much weight since I statred going."

    I'm sick of it too. Let's stop going.
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    Sep 04, 2007 11:50 PM GMT
    Yah! I quit!
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    Sep 05, 2007 1:43 AM GMT
    Man...... From your profile, you're only going twice a week. It doesn't seem as though you've given it a chance to work going that infrequently (especially if you've skipped a few sessions). And what exactly is your workout regime? Not trying to criticize at all, but you need to take a hard look at the amount of quality time you're spending in the gym and what you're doing with it. Ever consider a personal trainer? Good luck.
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    Sep 05, 2007 6:27 AM GMT
    LOL @ Obscenewish - you always post the funniest stuff ;-)
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    Sep 05, 2007 1:03 PM GMT
    "I know it can be a drudge sometimes but...man...just think of all the benefits :)"

    That doesn't change the fact that it's a total bore.
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    Sep 05, 2007 2:58 PM GMT
    No doing taxes is a total bore.

    You're probably going to have to work on your outlook of the gym and your attitude about going. I've had a slump this summer as well. However, I know from personal experience that if I allow myself to dread exercise or think of it as a boring drudge, I'm far less likely to not go or put it off. I have to remind myself of what I was like before. Also I find that times like this means I need to take another look at or refine my goals.

    What are your 1 month, 6 month and 1 year goals for your fitness?

    As cliche as it sounds you're really going to have to program yourself to think about this in a positive way or you'll never ever see any results because you won't really give it an honest try and work at it. I know I never did before, despite what I would say.

  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:19 PM GMT
    I've read that you tend to remember only the effort put in during the final fifteen-twenty minutes of a work out most, so make sure you do a good cool down period, so the next day (or whenever you return to the gym) the thought of it isn't so daunting.
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:25 PM GMT
    i work away a fair bit, and as a result miss out on some serious gym routine....recently 2 and a half weeks with no 'muscle strain'. it's easy to get stuck in a rut.... but then when u take a break from a routine, no matter what it is, and re-visit that place, it's strange how it all feels so much better the next time around! I'm still sore from my recent visits, and yes, the guys at my gym all all so far up themselves they can smell tomorrows shit! but the overall result to me is the fact that this morning, 2 older guys from work commented on my physique, which quite amazed me as they are both straight and just wanted to point it out!
    I suppose that what i'm saying is that it's human nature to get into a 'groove' and stay there, but when u lift yourself up again, boy, life takes a turn in a whole new direction.
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:33 PM GMT
    You poor, poor, poor thing. You go to the gym twice a week and do a twenty minute session. I can't believe you're so commited to transforming your body that you're prepared to sacrifice a whole 40 minutes a week. That must really cut into all of the other stuff that you would otherwise do. And you're not seeing dramatic results? I can't even begin to fathom why
  • art_smass

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:36 PM GMT
    Meow.
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:38 PM GMT
    I think it's fair to say that "The Colm" is back!
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 3:38 PM GMT
    Holy Sarcasm Batman!
    ;-)
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    Sep 05, 2007 3:54 PM GMT
    Maybe you should just ask yourself if you really want to make a commitment.sounds like your heart just isn't into it.
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:20 PM GMT
    "You poor, poor, poor thing. You go to the gym twice a week and do a twenty minute session. I can't believe you're so commited to transforming your body that you're prepared to sacrifice a whole 40 minutes a week. That must really cut into all of the other stuff that you would otherwise do. And you're not seeing dramatic results? I can't even begin to fathom why"

    I guess I deserve the for not updating my profile. Now it's 3-4x a week.
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:22 PM GMT
    Additionally, I am still a bit off as a result of the stroke I had two years ago.
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    Sep 05, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    20 minutes is a good amount of time for a shower. Not so great for a workout.
  • iHavok

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    Sep 05, 2007 4:27 PM GMT
    And you have consulted your physician about working out and gotten his suggestions?

    Have you considered measuring your weight loss/health gains in loss of inches in your girth? It's not quite was impressive as being able to say you've dropped xx amount in pounds, but it's still nice to look down and think, my stomach is 2 inches thinner than it was last month...