Where to start? How to start? How did YOU get motivated?

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    Apr 29, 2009 7:45 PM GMT
    Hi guys. I'm very new to the site, although I've been a member for a couple of months, reading up on research and various other tools. My biggest problem is getting started because if I intensely work out one day, the repercussion of pain and soreness occur the following day, and then I can't lift or jog or exercise after that. I generally wait until the pain is gone, so I won't completely loathe myself. By the time the pain is gone, I've completely ruined my routine, and I never get in the mood again. I really want to gain some muscle mass, but I just don't know how to get started, regardless of my knowledge.

    The big question:

    How do you guys start a routine, stay motivated to go through your routine, and remain at constant practice without going overboard?
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    Apr 29, 2009 10:04 PM GMT
    Jumping into an intense diet and excercise is such a terrible idea. If you want to lose wieght, gain muscle or whatever, you should start off slow.

    One day of hard work is gonna make you say "Hey, that was brutal I should take off a day". If you start off slow you are completely able to work up to working out more intensely and ultimately achieve your goals. And once your there you'll be motivated by the results you've seen and to never stop improving yourself.

    Some things I tell myself to get my ass off the couch
    -Your fat, no one loves you
    -Do you reallly think (insert role model) would just sit around and do nothing?
    -I imagine I'm really a superhero that needs get muscular in order for his future Marvel comic book character to look sexy.


    Whatever you got to tell yourself to get there, well.... you tell yourself.
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    May 03, 2009 9:36 AM GMT
    GNR7600,

    Thanks for your response. I sincerely apologize that I couldn't get back to you faster. Thanks for your words, and I will try what you do, the Marvel superhero thing. I mean, who can get as buff as Hugh Jackman/Wolverine?
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    May 03, 2009 5:24 PM GMT
    Do it.

    Don´t tell yourself that you are not a good person if you don´t, that you are unlovable blah blah blah. All of that is crap that you will need to ditch later on or you will become neurotic and unbearable.

    Just do it. Set a time and just do it. It is as simple as that.

    As to stiffness: I LOVE BEING SORE. I love it. Seriously.The best way to get over soreness is to work out. 3 times a week, nonconsecutive days.

    Do this

    http://stronglifts.com/stronglifts-5x5-beginner-strength-training-program/

    Don´t make excuses, don´t change things. Just do it.


    Report back.
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    May 03, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
    at my age I knew without a doubt that trying too hard too much too fast would give a disappointing burnout so I eased into in very slowly and gradually
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    May 03, 2009 8:13 PM GMT
    Well, first thing, don't be an idiot. Ease into a workout routine, doing weights, and some other activity you like. That's just a common sense 101 thing, DOH!. If you're dreadfully sore the next couple of days, back off of your workout intensity. You don't have to be a Rhodes Scholar to get that one.

    Eventually, if you don't train like a moron, your exercise threshold will increase, and it will become fully integrated in your lifestyle.

    Physical exercise shouldn't be a chore. It should be something you look forward to, every day, because it makes you feel good.

    After 35 years of hitting the gym, my body is so adapted, I rarely get real sore, but, every so often, even I will nail myself. You learn to listen to your body and your mind. Use common sense, and you'll be fine.
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    May 11, 2009 4:21 AM GMT
    "How do you guys start a routine, stay motivated to go through your routine, and remain at constant practice without going overboard?"
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    Decide how many days a week you want to work out.
    I think it's best to do a split routine, working half your body parts on Monday and repeat them on Thursday, and the other half on Tuesday and repeat them on Friday, doing abs all 4 days.

    Write up a plan of what exercises you're going to do for each body part, how much weight for each set, whether you're using dumbbells, cables, etc. Put it all down in a notebook and take it with you to the gym. When you change your routine or start lifting heavier weights, write it down.

    If you are sore from injury, you have to stop and wait until it's healed.
    If you are sore from working out the day before, you have to do your workout anyway. The pain will go away.

    You've got to want it badly enough to make yourself do it.

    Motivation ? I wanted a muscular body. And, I was inspired by looking at muscular guys. I feel better physically, I like the way I look, and the compliments are good for my ego.
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    May 12, 2009 4:16 AM GMT

    the CPP diet and exercise program:


    If your belly is so big you can't See your PeePee you need a diet & exercise program!