Do you think our motivations for gym are psychologically damaging?

  • Camz03

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    Jun 01, 2014 9:00 AM GMT
    Firstly: It makes sense to think that a perceived poor body image serves as motivation to workout and push through the tough sets. This isn't the only motivating factor, though, obviously. But surely working out always has a reciprocal relationship with your body image and self esteem regardless of your motivation? My question for discussion then is: can poor body image and body image issues ever be dissociated from working out and gymming?

    Secondly, I wanted to share my own experience. Sometimes I draw on incredibly painful memories to push and motivate myself. Sometimes I think I wouldn't be as successful with my gymming and physique if it weren't for the overwhelming power I can draw from these thoughts, but at the same time I worry that dealing with those thoughts (as any sane, rational, person would try to do to be more mentally healthy) could take away from me this source of power. At the same time, I worry these motivations only aggravate my body image issues and plunge me deeper into the problem. Has anyone considered this or gone through something like this?

    Really, how does one maintain their drive for gym AND the desire to have your dream body while simultaneously being free of the burden of body image and what society's view of a great body is? What is considered healthy motivation for gym?
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    Jun 01, 2014 12:12 PM GMT
    No I think it's fine. I think about horrible bosses from the past to motivate me. I think a lot of people need to use strong emotions to motivate themselves for those few seconds. If I had only good thoughts I wouldn't be able to lift anything!

    There is a separate issue on whether gay guys have a poor self-image but I am not convinced it is a more serious problem than obesity in straight people for example.
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    Jun 01, 2014 6:49 PM GMT
    Camz03 saidDo you think our motivations for gym are psychologically damaging?
    No, it's quite the opposite. Psychological damage from poor self image is what motivated me to get in shape...not to mention bad health checkups.

    And it's not exclusively a gay thing. There are way more straight people in gyms than gays.
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    Jun 01, 2014 7:04 PM GMT
    Sometimes. People can become way too narcissistic and arrogant.