how to get motivation for weightlifting?

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    Dec 29, 2009 9:11 AM GMT
    I stay active and work out so I don't need motivation to get to the gym, however, my main issue is that I can't get myself to do serious weightlifting while I'm there, but always resort to mostly cardio (and a variation of spinning, kickboxing, and again, cardio related classes) for about 70% of my gym visits. Even when I do end up lifting, it's usually one of those circuit trainers and machines, rather than free weights. So, if any of you guys had similar problems that you resolved, I would love to hear how. It might be the intimidation I get whenever I'm in the free weights area of the gym or not wanting to look like some amateur...who knows?! All I know is that I never had this problem when I worked out with a personal trainer, but then again I really didn't have a choice then. I need to get this fixed ASAP as part of my New Years resolution, and I need your guys' help!
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    Dec 29, 2009 9:15 AM GMT
    After having my "free" personal trainer session, I saw just how "swol" I could get from a workout. I LOVED it. The burn and the soreness are addicting for me. I used to just imitate like a monkey, but I then searched out some real strategy for my workouts.

    the sorererer the bettererer.

    Have you ever trained with a professional?
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    Dec 29, 2009 9:33 AM GMT
    Yea, I did train with a professional before and at the time I never looked better because I got the major "swol" treatment continuously for about 2 months. However, instead of continuing the addiction of wanting to get even bigger after my days with the trainer were over I just kind of lost it because I went abroad for 4 months and then got busy with school etc etc. Also, while I was training with a professional I only followed directions like a monkey as you put it, and never really got that independence instilled in my head so that I can continue to train on my own, so I was basically back to the start at the end. Maybe its my fault, maybe that of the trainer...doesn't really matter. I've been thinking of hiring one again (a better one), but if there are any tricks to doing it alone without spending hundreds of bucks again (and times are tough lol) it might be better, cause I'm afraid I'm just going to repeat the same mistake all over.
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    Dec 29, 2009 9:52 AM GMT
    1) If you get yourself inside the gym, you'll do something.
    Check.
    2) You've got to want it badly enough to do the work.
    I don't think that you want it badly enough.
    How would you feel about hiring a trainer, to push you ?
    Or, maybe a workout partner would be the motivation that you need.
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    Dec 29, 2009 3:54 PM GMT
    LIFT MORE WEIGHTS, GET BETTER DATES.

    Do you need anything else?
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:12 PM GMT
    be the kind of man you want to attract. if you want wishy-washy guys, keep woosing out and do the cardio. if you want confident men, walk up to the freeweights, grab a set and work out.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:17 PM GMT
    Spend a little time with people who are grossly out of shape - in places where they're inspired to wear very little clothing. It's not just fat people either. Bags of bones with skin dripping down their bodies like melted candles. It'll send you to a set of weights or a treadmill in almost no time flat.
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    Dec 29, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
    Take an ipod with you that really gets you pumping and head to the gym. I get motivated by watching hot guys lifting weights and getting hotter every day...
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    Dec 29, 2009 5:04 PM GMT
    If you are not familiar with free-weights and don't want to/can't do the personal-trainer route again, then have someone from the gym-personal show you the weight machines. Have him/her adjust them for you and give you a starting weight, maybe even create a work-out routine for you. Learn about all the weight-machines at your gym and the different ways you can safely use them.
    Once you are familiar with your routine, start mixing it up with lower/higher weights or lower/higher reps, different machines etc, goal is to always challenge yourself. Meanwhile read up on proper posture and technique, nutrition etc.
    When you are confident in the movements on the machines, start going to free weights to do the same movements. You will not look like an amateur anymore.

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    Dec 29, 2009 6:38 PM GMT
    I find if I take something that is arduous and ease myself into it by, that I overcome that mental resistance. So maybe if you start pumping that iron with low weight, the mind will get over its resistance and you can get into it.
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    Dec 29, 2009 6:54 PM GMT
    I don't think you're alone in this. I see a lot of guys in the gym wandering around and looking timid around the free weight area. Just hire a trainer for a couple months to help you get back in your groove, and help you gain some confidence. Or find a workout buddy.