Whats the most motivational thing you have seen in the gym?

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    Mar 31, 2009 2:45 PM GMT
    I was working out one day and as usual had my headphones on and usually cant hear shit around me....I kept hearing this guy gruntin, breathing and bangin around. Finally I start watching him on the lat pulldown. He is swingin way back like a maniac to get the bar down and acting crazy almost! I thought wow, what a lunatic, hes gonna hurt himself.....after his set he reaches over and gets his little stick thing and starts "feeling" his way to the next piece of equipment.....

    they guy was blind. Made me realize how fuckin stupid I am with some of the excuses I have used why I cant workout somedays....this guy cant even see!!! and hes working out feeling his way to each piece of equipment....I will never forget that.
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    Mar 31, 2009 5:32 PM GMT
    I am motivated when people who are not serious about the gym leave so I can have a decent workout without waiting for people who are going nowhere! icon_lol.gif Hah! sees ya next January! icon_redface.gif
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    Mar 31, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    I get motivational when I see a hot muscular guy. That's all it takes for me. icon_cool.gif
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    Mar 31, 2009 5:56 PM GMT
    The most motivational thing I saw in the gym was crippled 16 year old girl working out. As the story goes she was in a car accident with her mom during the incident and was paralzyed from the waist down with a few scars throughout her body. As part of her physical therapy I assume she lefts weight with her legs (supervised of course) and swims. I later found out that she was told she might never walk again. I held a conversation with her one time since a buddy of mine sorta knew her and we talked.

    She said the accident made her want to live more and she couldn't let something like the her legs not working stop her from living. She sincerely hopes she can walk again since she likes to dance and she tries remarakably hard.

    That sort of thing makes me wanna work hard. It's awesome to see that even when faced with anegative possiblity like that she still wants to beat the odds. if she doesn't ever walk again she said she would be sad of course but that won't stop her from from going to the gym and achieving a healthy body and a healthy state of mind.

    You gotta love that.
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    Mar 31, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    Other Fat people in the world . I think it is just wrong.
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    Mar 31, 2009 10:08 PM GMT
    In my gym in San Jose I often saw an oldtimer (80+) who would work out with free weights, still having the full range of motion and flexibility. He wasn't overweight or frail. He was moving slower than younger guys and used easy weights, but I want to be that fit when I'm his age.
  • josephmovie

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    Mar 31, 2009 10:17 PM GMT
    This may sound mean but when I spy really out of shape men my age in the locker room it motivates me like crazy not to end out looking that way.
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    Mar 31, 2009 10:40 PM GMT
    Guys on the stair machines, hour after hour, day after day getting fatter and fatter. Proof positive that Cardio is the most inefficient way to get ripped on the planet.
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    Apr 01, 2009 5:31 AM GMT
    Wheelchair bodybuilder. I think he competes and is well known, but I forgot his name. He was wearing a tank top and his upper body was amazing.

    Another guy in a wheelchair I used to see frequently at the gym. I'd see him workout pretty hard. He even did pull-ups on the gravitron machine.

    Lately, I've seen this older woman at the gym. She has to be 60+ years old, but her body is tight like someone half her age.
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    Apr 01, 2009 5:58 AM GMT
    I've experienced similar. There's a guy at my gym who hasn't been there long. His gut literally hangs over his waist to his mid-thighs. The gym can be a pretty intimidating/competitive place. Ya gotta respect him for the self-confidence and motivation to change his life.
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    Apr 01, 2009 6:00 AM GMT
    People always talk about my shoulders, i get a huge rush of energy when people ask me how i get them so big.

    I dont think they're big at all but people seem to think so. I get motivated when people ask me advise
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    Apr 01, 2009 6:03 AM GMT
    I work out at my college, and I'm always motivated by older students (50+) working out, working full time, and still doing better in class than myself. Even thought they wear slacks or polo shirts in the gym, the fact that they're actually there is a testament to fitness for us all.
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    Apr 01, 2009 6:15 AM GMT
    This is so vain but I get motivated when I'm wearing a cute gym outfit and running on the treadmill in front a mirror. Thank God I work out at a gay gym. Mirrors for days!

    On the real side, I admire an older man who has cerebral palsy that works out like a star. He has determination and probably more strength than some of the go-go boys I see there (although they still have awesome bodies)!
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    Apr 01, 2009 6:16 AM GMT
    redbull saidI was working out one day and as usual had my headphones on and usually cant hear shit around me....I kept hearing this guy gruntin, breathing and bangin around. Finally I start watching him on the lat pulldown. He is swingin way back like a maniac to get the bar down and acting crazy almost! I thought wow, what a lunatic, hes gonna hurt himself.....after his set he reaches over and gets his little stick thing and starts "feeling" his way to the next piece of equipment.....

    they guy was blind. Made me realize how fuckin stupid I am with some of the excuses I have used why I cant workout somedays....this guy cant even see!!! and hes working out feeling his way to each piece of equipment....I will never forget that.


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    Apr 01, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    At the YMCA where I grew up there was a mixture of all ages. I was astounded by this older man who was a regular there. He was a widower and drove there every day and was energetic and engaging. He always had a friendly upbeat demeanor and would walk the track and also use the free weights. I figured he could not be any older than 75. Turns out he was 90. Now that is inspiration. Healthy mind, healthy body. Wow.
  • joeisme

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    Apr 01, 2009 8:37 AM GMT
    I'm the same about seeing guys with better bodies than me, I feel motivated to make myself better than them.

    I base it down to animal instincts - I need to be a stronger predator.

    ...to hunt my meat icon_rolleyes.gif
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    May 03, 2009 2:44 AM GMT
    At the pool, actually.

    Guy in a wheelchair with something that's has been killing his muscles for the last 4 years. He's there like clockwork, pushes for a new pr at 1k m one month and a pr for distance in 30 mins the next month.

    A handful of out of shape men and women from late-20s to 50s who started at New Years. Despite having to put their bodies on display (in a fairly gay and very fit So Cal beach town, no less!), they've been very regular and most have gone from obese to "could stand to lose that last 10."

    Redbull: Great forum!
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    May 03, 2009 3:07 AM GMT
    I was watching a P90x video and there is a guy on there that has a prosthetic leg.
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    May 03, 2009 3:19 AM GMT
    i saw a male male couple working out...they seem soo inlove... one was like really ripped and the other one was hot but he wasn't as ripped and in shape and every time he couldn't reach his rep goal his boyfriend would say " that's ok baby you'll get stronger at this" i was soo like..sorta got teary eyed..lmao
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    May 03, 2009 3:40 AM GMT
    tereseus1 saidi saw a male male couple working out...they seem soo inlove... one was like really ripped and the other one was hot but he wasn't as ripped and in shape and every time he couldn't reach his rep goal his boyfriend would say " that's ok baby you'll get stronger at this" i was soo like..sorta got teary eyed..lmao


    Unconditional love is frickin awesome. Obvioulsy this is a site of gay guys into fitness. Beauty is everywhere... but the best and most beautiful part of somone is their energy and positive attitude. I see a lady who suffererd from polio. She casn hardly move at 6am. She chats with me, has a drink of water - takes some Advil... doed 60 min of cardio on the eliptical. After 60 min she gets off and walks, carriers herself like everyone else. Appparanltley the eliptical gets her back into alighment 0 and she is god for another 24 hours. I just see so much dedication and hope in people around me
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    May 03, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    The blind dude that runs on the treadmill. He parks his cane, clips the emergency stop to his shorts and hauls ass!

    I've come close many times to falling off the treadmill staring in shock.
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    May 03, 2009 3:45 AM GMT
    A couple at my gym (straight couple) walk the track together and hold hands. They are easily in their 80's. They do a little weightlifting as well and help each other and watch out for each other. They laugh and talk and have a genuinely good time. Maybe they're newlyweds, who knows? But I just assume they've been married since their teens. I won't ask them and risk ruining the fantasy.
  • TexanMan82

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    May 05, 2009 3:52 AM GMT
    I can't believe it took me this long to think of this for this thread.

    There are a few handicapped people in my gym, but there's one lady that sticks out in my mind the most.

    Now, I'm not really sure what's wrong with her. Maybe a car accident or something. Not sure. But, she uses a walker to walk around the gym/inside track. She also can't speak all that well because she once asked of my assistance with loading up a machine weights. But, she is there EVERYDAY for hours at a time. She walks around the track and does what weights she can.

    But, without fail, she is always there. I'm sure the gym has become her life. I don't think you could ever take it away form her. It's inspirational to see her there everyday, and it's an inspiration seeing how nice everyone is to her--her gym family, if you will.
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    May 05, 2009 3:53 AM GMT
    i candy
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    May 05, 2009 3:58 AM GMT
    Some musculoca telling me to move aside so he can flex & pose to the mirror! mmhmm Inspirational..icon_mad.gif