How can you make yourself not *hate* an exercise

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    Jul 16, 2009 10:50 AM GMT
    Squats. *LOATHE* them. Everything else I don't like I can "just do", because then they're over with. Squats, on the other hand, I do a *single* rep and my motivation to continue evaporates. I start thinking negatively, I'm certain I'm not even using enough weight, and I just want to give up and go home. It's like they drain my will to live.

    How can I make myself at least indifferent to squatting?
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:51 AM GMT
    do them more.
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    Jul 16, 2009 11:55 AM GMT
    do them more.

    Seriously, your body will learn to love it.
  • bkjhebert

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    Jul 16, 2009 2:58 PM GMT
    I used to feel the same way about pull-ups. I hated them because I was no good at doing them. I kept doing them and was slowly able to increase my pull-up count. I also started to see great results. Now, pull-ups are one of my favorite exercises. I've conquered pull-ups!
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    Jul 16, 2009 3:09 PM GMT
    Variations

    In the case of squats, try front squats too.

    As for just the bar and no plates that's fine.
    It is of utmost importance that you do squats with perfect form.
    I don't do squats often either and still use only the bar while I focus on having perfect form. Someday I will add a small plate.

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    Jul 16, 2009 3:11 PM GMT
    Quadlex said

    How can I make myself at least indifferent to squatting?



    Try making believe that an extremely hot guy is spotting you icon_lol.gif
  • dfrourke

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    Jul 16, 2009 3:12 PM GMT
    Jesus...Disney found the answer years ago...



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    Jul 16, 2009 3:18 PM GMT


    HATE THEM!
    Have angry sex with them. "Yeah, ooooh, who's your daddy squats! 12! You like that bitch! 13! You are so pathetic. Look at you, ya little, bitch! Unnnnnn! 15!"

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    Jul 16, 2009 3:30 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said

    HATE THEM!
    Have angry sex with them. "Yeah, ooooh, who's your daddy squats! 12! You like that bitch! 13! You are so pathetic. Look at you, ya little, bitch! Unnnnnn! 15!"



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    Jul 16, 2009 3:42 PM GMT
    Quadlex saidSquats. *LOATHE* them. Everything else I don't like I can "just do", because then they're over with. Squats, on the other hand, I do a *single* rep and my motivation to continue evaporates. I start thinking negatively, I'm certain I'm not even using enough weight, and I just want to give up and go home. It's like they drain my will to live.

    How can I make myself at least indifferent to squatting?


    Little Buddy, you have to "get your ahead around it."

    You have to change your entire way of thinking, without being an idiot.

    One of my trainers, and a good friend, Sagi Kalev ( http://www.sagikalev.com/, ) uses the saying, "Pain is the feeling of weakness leaving your body." Read this: http://www.sagikalev.com/biography.html

    When I first met Sagi, I had no idea of his fame. He offered to train me for free. He saw drive, focus, discipline, planning, genes, desire, and all the things that make me very good at bodybuilding.

    Any good athlete knows the saying "train through the pain."

    You can expand on that and apply it to life, in general. I use it to timid, self-loathing, gay guys all the time: "Walk into, through, and beyond, your comfort zone to a better place."

    If you make small goals, and focus on getting through each set, it all falls into place. As you walk into whatever is out of your comfort zone, think about getting through that piece of it, but, also about how great your legs are gonna look, or winning the game, or getting the raise, or whatever. Self-defeating strategies will not work, for you, nor anyone else.

    When I'm 230 pounds, and 23 weeks from a show, and first start doing the stairs twice a day, it's hard. It's really hard for an average person. It's still hard for me. But.... as I train, each day gets easier and I see my body changing. After 20 weeks of three-a-days, and 20 weeks of strict diet, I end up ripped to the bone, 180# stud, and it feels great to be in such great shape and to be a consistent 9.9, and, to hold the trophy. I call it success by design.

    Stuff in life is like that. Many times, you have to go into an area outside of your comfort zone, but, successful people do it every day. You learn to embrace it for the challenge.

    Make a plan for success. Execute the plan. Relish in your success, or, if you fail, change the plan, and go at it again, if your goal is reasonable.
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    Jul 16, 2009 3:49 PM GMT
    I put the exercises I don't like right before ones that I really like. And I try to do them earlier in my routine, usually right after my cardio warm up when I'm feeling stronger and motivated.
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    Jul 16, 2009 4:55 PM GMT
    Think of it this way..

    You may HATE the exercise, but you're gonna LOVE the results.

    That's what you should focus on to help you get over this mental hump.
  • TadPohl

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    Jul 16, 2009 5:06 PM GMT
    I think it's a matter of focus. It's a matter of your desire to reshape your gluteus maximus. If you don't mind having a flat ass then don't do your squats.
    Personally, I have a trainer to encourage me to finish my reps and I am given a variation of squats so that I am never bored. I believe that a workout partner can provide you with equal motivation.
    Another...not so healthy way of finding focus is to use your imagination to fire up emotions that will help you push through the exercise. If you like someone....use their approval, if you're suffering from a break up, tap that heartbroken or angry energy into you workout.
    You'll be done in a sec.

    PS
    You don't need a lot of weights for squats. Repetition and good form will help shape your butt perfectly.

    Good luck.

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    Jul 16, 2009 5:29 PM GMT
    I tend to agree with all the positive reinforcers.
    I helped a friend learn to love the gym by just saying..in the beginning, do whatever makes you feel good; in other words don't kill yourself or put any painful memories into it; the more you make it into a chore, the less likely you are to continue it, but also the chances are the more you do it the more you'll like it. The key is to form a habit, and you can do that with the approach not being so hard on yourself. Kind of like socializing an abused dog. Start slow, build trust (lower weights, not so much fatigue) and soon you will like it. Just don't overdo it, it will tear you away from it.
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    Jul 16, 2009 5:48 PM GMT
    I think of what the exercise is trying to build and either find an alternative or focus on the over all benefit of how I will look if I do the exercise.
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    Jul 16, 2009 5:59 PM GMT
    Quadlex saidSquats. *LOATHE* them. Everything else I don't like I can "just do", because then they're over with. Squats, on the other hand, I do a *single* rep and my motivation to continue evaporates. I start thinking negatively, I'm certain I'm not even using enough weight, and I just want to give up and go home. It's like they drain my will to live.

    How can I make myself at least indifferent to squatting?


    Doing stairs, squats, riding your bike in high gear, running a marathon, are HARD. That's why we do them.

    You're sounding whiney and lazy.

    Thinks about how if makes you feel.

    When I ride my bike, outside, on a spring day, I think about how it makes me feel.

    Same thing on the stairs, but, I also think about how it makes me look and the level of fitness I achieve.

    Many things worth doing are HARD. Such is the way of life.

    If you hate squats, do leg press, if you just can't get your head around them. Leg press will make you bigger, anyway.

    But, if you like the conquest, and true athletes do, then, you WILL master the squat, because you want to WIN, not just the game, but, not let the silly squat beat you.

  • EricLA

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    Jul 16, 2009 6:03 PM GMT
    You just push through them. There are plenty of times I'd rather by a dozen other places than working out. I want my workout to be done the second I start. But I put on some upbeat music and start my routine and just continue through. By the end I'm struggling and I think of cutting a routine short or skipping the last exercise or two, but I tell myself, "Come on, one more." And again and again until I'm done. Sure there are times I gave and take the easy route, but there are many more times I get through my full routine. And I keep accomplished and better for it. It's a good feeling.
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    Jul 19, 2009 1:49 AM GMT
    do shoulder shrugs a ton so it is not as hard on your upper back, and beat up your lower back so you dont herniate a disc. and if your too lazy to do it the real way try the leg press. squats have an acquired taste. i used to dislike them and i now happily do them every 4 days icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 19, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    Have a challenging (but not one that's totally unrealistic) goal in mind when you go to the gym on leg day. If you get it, then ride the feeling of accomplishment. If you don't, then you have something to work toward.

    But it's your leg routine, you can do whatever you want. I elect no to do squats with the bar on my back, but I will do leg presses, supersets of body weight squats, and jump squats, or dumbbell chops. Then again I'm not interested in having huge legs, just strong. If your concentration is body building you may just have to grin and bare it.
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    Jul 19, 2009 2:25 AM GMT
    Do them first, to get them over with. Then they're not the "ugh" factor during the whole workout.

    And learn to love what squats bring you - awesome legs icon_biggrin.gif
  • toybrian

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    Jul 19, 2009 2:32 AM GMT
    Quadlex..do what I do...cut out a pic of someone you want to look like in the future of working out and make that your goal...and from looking at some of the guys on here posting they all have good upper bodies so that alone should make you want to continue to look like some of these guys with great midsections...It shows the work they put into themselves and the gym...good luck to you ....
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    Jul 19, 2009 8:30 AM GMT
    Then dont do them....do other exercises that work those muscles.

    You may find that after you have developed the muscles by other exercises, you can go back and the squats wont be so bad.

    Another option is to use very light weight for your squats and let your body build up to doing them. You dont have to walk right in and be a Chuckystud at the squat machine first time.
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    Jul 19, 2009 12:06 PM GMT
    I generally leave them until Friday

    that way I have you've had great workouts all week, and I'll be damned if I give up and go home early on three last sets I need for it to be a perfect week, Just have to do this and then I can go home, and maybe stop for a cheeseburger on the way icon_twisted.gif
  • rockleetpt

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    Jul 19, 2009 12:56 PM GMT
    medfordguy said
    GuiltyGear said

    HATE THEM!
    Have angry sex with them. "Yeah, ooooh, who's your daddy squats! 12! You like that bitch! 13! You are so pathetic. Look at you, ya little, bitch! Unnnnnn! 15!"



    icon_lol.gif GuiltyGear, I need you as my trainer! You're good at motivation.


    I second that! Not only do you angry sex squats when you're doing it there's no 14 either!
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