motivation to go to the gym

  • kildrin

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    Jan 14, 2009 8:11 AM GMT
    i won't lie, i'm a pretty lazy person. i bought a gym membership a month ago and haven't used it yet. it took me months to motivate myself to get it, and now that i have it i don't have the motivation to go. i haven't worked out since high school and i'm afraid to get back into a gym. i know i need to lose some weight and i'd love to start building muscle and sculpting what i have, i just don't know how to motivate myself to get into it. how do you guys motivate yourselves to go? going to a gym alone, how do you feel? are you worried everyone is staring at you or is there some way to overcome that fear?
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    Jan 14, 2009 8:21 AM GMT
    The only reason I'm in the gym three days a week is because there's a trainer there, paid in advance, waiting for me. That's the only way I know how to overcome my own laziness and inertia.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Jan 14, 2009 9:12 AM GMT
    everyone is not staring at you, like you think. Get someone to workout with. Not more than one other person at a time or it's a waste of time.

    Good Luck.

    Force yourself to go, your body and mind will thank you for it!!
  • Timbales

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    Jan 14, 2009 11:58 AM GMT
    kildrin saidi won't lie, i'm a pretty lazy person. i bought a gym membership a month ago and haven't used it yet. it took me months to motivate myself to get it, and now that i have it i don't have the motivation to go. i haven't worked out since high school and i'm afraid to get back into a gym. i know i need to lose some weight and i'd love to start building muscle and sculpting what i have, i just don't know how to motivate myself to get into it. how do you guys motivate yourselves to go? going to a gym alone, how do you feel? are you worried everyone is staring at you or is there some way to overcome that fear?


    No one is staring at you. Everyone has to start sometime. When I first got into going to the gym, I set a goal and gave myself a reward for meeting that goal. Maybe that would work for you.
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:14 PM GMT
    The only reason they'd be staring at you is cause you're cute.

    Pay for 6 sessions with a trainer, maybe 2/3 times/week, and that will get you over the hump. It's just the first couple weeks you'll need the crutch, and you'll be fine on your own after that. Then you'll OWN the gym! RAWR!

    * blinks *

    Or something like that.
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:37 PM GMT
    I hate to hear of a guy avoiding the gym because of a notion that other guys are looking down oh him or staring. That just isn't so, IMO. Most of my friends would encourage the new guy - and we'd be thinking, "Great - glad to see you working out - working toward being healthy - looking good." My motivation for hitting the gym (since high school) is the same. In no way would I look this good without it all these years. (Guess that sounds self-serving, but it is so true!)
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    Jan 14, 2009 2:13 PM GMT
    my only goals for my first month of going to the gym were to go 3 times a week and not get injured. And no-one is looking at you unless they think you´re hot.

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    Jan 15, 2009 11:17 PM GMT
    the first thing to starting at the gym is to get to the gym!! icon_razz.gif

    no one is looking at your (but you are cute, so you might get a glance or two)

    as others have said get a trainer 2 to 3 times a week to help you have him start you on a program that is easy and quick to do...

    just get there, in a few months, you wont be worried about anyon elooking, you'll be to happy to care!
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    Jan 17, 2009 2:01 AM GMT
    Yes. Everyone is staring at you. But who cares? You're not there to impress anyone. You're there because you want to get in shape. Just get over it. Because when you finally start getting results, even more people will stare at your new hot body. icon_biggrin.gif
  • giantrobot

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    Jan 17, 2009 2:20 AM GMT
    wanted to be more lean and fit and a little muscle build up is my motivation to gym.

    So far, i started the strength foundation workout plan provided by realjock, i go 6 days a week and today is Day 13, yeah....
  • giantrobot

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    Jan 17, 2009 2:24 AM GMT
    giantrobot saidwanted to be more lean and fit and a little muscle build up is my motivation to gym.

    So far, i started the strength foundation workout plan provided by realjock, i go 6 days a week and today is Day 13, yeah....


    At first i was so scare people in the free weight area will staring at me as i training on a very light weight ( my left arm injured before) so i will go there at later time lesser people...but after few days practice, i dun care...i will just go free weight area do my training accordingly whenever i needed to...

    haha
  • dionysus

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    Jan 27, 2009 2:41 AM GMT
    take a picture of yourself naked.
    if you like it, dont go. if you dont like it, go.

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    Jan 27, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    kildrin saidi won't lie, i'm a pretty lazy person. i bought a gym membership a month ago and haven't used it yet. it took me months to motivate myself to get it, and now that i have it i don't have the motivation to go. i haven't worked out since high school and i'm afraid to get back into a gym. i know i need to lose some weight and i'd love to start building muscle and sculpting what i have, i just don't know how to motivate myself to get into it. how do you guys motivate yourselves to go? going to a gym alone, how do you feel? are you worried everyone is staring at you or is there some way to overcome that fear?


    1. Tape a photo of yourself naked to the fridge
    2. Make the gym a part of your work day - 5pm isn't quitting time anymore, it's 7 (if you go after work). Drive straight there without going home, it'll take you 2 weeks of pain to get in the groove. Start with Mon, Wed, and Fri if every work day is too hard at first.
    3. Find a friend to go with! Esp. a colleague is very good!
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    Jan 27, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    You have to push through the pain until you get addicted to it. If I do a week without a workout I start to get antsy. Find a sport you really like or workout to your favorite songs. icon_biggrin.gif
  • Tyinstl

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    Jan 27, 2009 2:58 AM GMT
    Watch some porn. Those guys' bodies are so nice, it always makes me motivated to look like that.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jan 27, 2009 3:31 AM GMT
    4outof6 said

    1. Tape a photo of yourself naked to the fridge


    Seriously?

    Find a picture of someone who has your ideal body, post THAT on your fridge, and imagine all the drooling that you'll inspire with a body like THAT guy's.
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    Jan 27, 2009 3:33 AM GMT
    Bunjamon said
    4outof6 said

    1. Tape a photo of yourself naked to the fridge


    Seriously?

    Find a picture of someone who has your ideal body, post THAT on your fridge, and imagine all the drooling that you'll inspire with a body like THAT guy's.


    Stick both up...now that's motivational
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    Jan 27, 2009 3:42 AM GMT
    Look better naked.
  • dionysus

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    Jan 27, 2009 3:44 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidLook better naked.


    best fitness campaign slogan i have EVER seen
  • DCguy2001

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    Jan 27, 2009 3:47 AM GMT
    Take a few "before" pics. Get yourself into a routine for a few weeks, then do a before/after comparison. That will motivate you to stick with it. (At least it works for me.) And another huge motivator will be the compliments you'll get from other guys. icon_wink.gif

    If you're not sure where to get started, ask a friend who works out a lot to suggest some exercises - or maybe your gym offers a free session with a trainer.
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    Jan 28, 2009 1:30 AM GMT
    Thanks, man....I'll be here all week. LOL...

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  • EricLA

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    Jan 28, 2009 1:35 AM GMT
    I think I only dealt with the "everyone is looking at me" my first few times at the gym. Focus on your routine and pay attention to your form, and that goes by the wayside. You just can't worry about that.

    As for motivation, you have to just pick your ass up and go to the gym. There are a lot of times I force myself, but once I get there and get going I'm good. And you feel really good when you're done.
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    Jan 28, 2009 2:05 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidThanks, man....I'll be here all week. LOL...

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    chuckystud = brick shithouse

    Seriously, just put one foot in front of the other, and get to the gym. Starting with a trainer is optimal, but can you afford one? Also, trainers tend to put you through routines that you will never, ever want to do on your own. Keep this in mind b/c the whole point of starting with a trainer is simply to get you into a routine, and to help you feel more comfortable in that environment.

    DO NOT exert yourself the first couple of weeks you're there. Take it nice and slow. Start with some basic stretching, then do some light cardio, then move to basic exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups and weight-assisted pull-ups. Do some benching with just the bar to start. Get a feel for the equipment ... get a feel for your body's reaction to the equipment. Ask for other members to help/ask questions. There's nothing wrong with asking around, and you might make some good friends in the process. And be sure to watch what others are doing. You may not want to replicate their form, but they may be doing exercises that you'll want to adopt as part of your initial routine.

    It's all about form. If you begin to feel strain or pain, stop! You won't want to go back to the gym if you hurt yourself.

    Remember, have a good time.
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    Jan 28, 2009 2:14 AM GMT
    First I was concerned that other guys would look at me.
    Then I started sessions with a talented trainer
    Then I saw results
    Then I started to feel great.. in my head
    No I need reasons not to go to the gym. It's more than an addiction, it's a way of life.

    Pass that point of no return with a good PT and keep track of your progress with pics and friends.
    Good luck!