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Posted on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:33 PM

“I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.'"--Muhammed Ali It seems as though many people who are fit claim that they stay motivated because they LOVE working out and eating healthy. That baffles me! I DREAD working out most days, and eating healthy food is not so great compared to the deliciousness of all the fried cheesy foods, and, of course, all those pastries and desserts that seem to proliferate our society. Do people really love working out so much? Or are they confusing the process with the results? I don't like working out, but I do love being fit, so I suck it up and do my workout every day, even though I usually don't feel like it. I’ve discussed the topic with other people I know who exercise regularly, and it turns out, most can relate to my not being so crazy about the workout process, and they have also even admitted to not liking it. After all, it is a process of pushing your body to the limit, working hard, getting off your lazy ass and sweating, not to mention being consistent about it every week. "In life, you either suffer from the pain of discipline or the pain of regret. Regret is NOT happening on my watch."--Senip Egral I love the results of exercise, but the process is so hard. I would rather be sitting on the couch, watching TV, eating chips. So, if you don't like exercising either, I think that you’re completely normal. Yes, I admit it: working out can be a thorn in my side many days (just about every single day, actually). But then I face reality, which is truly the only way I know how to stay in great shape. There are no magical pills or tricks; if there were, I’d be the first in line. Suck it up and do it anyway, even though you probably don’t feel like doing it. This grueling process is the only way to have a truly fit body. "The last three or four reps is what makes the muscle grow. This area of pain divides the champion from someone else who is not a champion. That's what most people lack, having the guts to go on and just say they'll go through the pain no matter what happens."--Arnold Schwarzenegger Since the process itself sucks, I keep myself motivated by the fact that I will actually keep getting in better shape as long as I keep up with the torturous process. If I keep at it and never slack off, I will only get better, and that keeps me at it. If I start canceling workouts and skipping weeks, all my hard work will go to waste. I turned FORTY this year, but I’m still always looking to improve. Some people that I know have suggested that I am in great shape because of genetics--which is hilarious! I would love to see what I would look like now had I not been busting my ass for the last 6 years. My genetics are perfectly capable of looking like total crap if I stop exercising and eating right. If I can drag my lazy ass up for a workout almost every day, then anybody who desires to be fit can do it. There is NO magic; you just have to bust you’re ass. "The worst thing I can be is the same as everybody else. I hate that."--HotProfDude AKA "The Prof"

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Posted on Nov 07, 2011 at 08:42 AM

Quoting jag6000:

I can relate to the sacrifice v benefit equation in the sense of I hate having to spend time in the garage maintaining a fast car but it's worth it when I drive the results of my work. As I said on the other topic using physical workouts to get into the type of shape that humans would have had living in the wild pre civilisation environment that we're really designed for needs to be kept in the perspective that while the muscles can build and get stronger that comes at the price of wear and tear on the skeletal parts of the body that degenerate under stress and strain not build and improve. Also don't forget that design life was never expected to reach the type of ages expected in our modern civilised existence.Probaby 30 or less would have been our design life expectancy in our wild intended design environment.Which puts the idea of working out,to keep in the type of shape needed for a caveman hunter gatherer existence,in middle age,in our modern day environment,into perspective. !!.lol.


Hey jag nice analogy about fitness (i.e. maintaining the car). And yes, the average human body likely isn't designed to withstand the pain and torture of regularized weighlifting routines. I can tell you that most days I'm far from feeling 100% injury free. I've dealt with back pain, neck pain, sciatica...but it's the price I'm willing to pay to look good.

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Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 10:52 AM

HPD am on the way to the gym UGH!  My rehab specialist/trainer busts my a-- and does not spare me.  I hate going too but like you, I feel envigorated by the results.  I find myself grimacing in a mirror as I go through the routines and it is very unattractive; the sweat flying off those addicted to training even more repulsive; sucking it up and coming out alive at the end of each session is such a relief.  And then 2 days later, it is back for more..............I do not think I will ever learn to like it but I need to do it.


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Posted on Oct 31, 2011 at 06:12 AM

I can relate to the sacrifice v benefit equation in the sense of I hate having to spend time in the garage maintaining a fast car but it's worth it when I drive the results of my work. As I said on the other topic using physical workouts to get into the type of shape that humans would have had living in the wild pre civilisation environment that we're really designed for needs to be kept in the perspective that while the muscles can build and get stronger that comes at the price of wear and tear on the skeletal parts of the body that degenerate under stress and strain not build and improve. Also don't forget that design life was never expected to reach the type of ages expected in our modern civilised existence.Probaby 30 or less would have been our design life expectancy in our wild intended design environment.Which puts the idea of working out,to keep in the type of shape needed for a caveman hunter gatherer existence,in middle age,in our modern day environment,into perspective. !!.lol.

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