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    Default topic of the week -What is the true secret to staying motivated long-term?

    We see it in the gym all the time , summer approches the gym gets a bit busier , but slowly the numbers dwindle down. So many people start a workout regime only to stop it as quickly as they started

    Why do you some people stick to it for years when others can't even stick it for weeks?
    What is the secret to staying motivated over the long term?



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    You gotta enjoy it.


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    Drive and determination. Some people are very driven and they tend to do well at things they want to do well at. Some peoples determination is not too good and they are not very consistent.

    Bazza's point of enjoying it helps a lot too.


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    As someone who has motivated and demotivated/remotivated a couple of times, heres my input:
    A) as bazza said, enjoying the training is a big part . The where/when/who you train with may form part of this too.
    B) having goals that you're passionate about. As an exame - If reaching 200 DL really means something to you you'll reach it. Or, if you're just going for it cuz its a bandied about number or cuz itd be cool then you're not going to sustain the drive.
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    I think drive and determination are important but if you're motivated by those character traits alone, you'll eventually burn out.

    I think it's important to find something you love doing. If you love a form of training (or two or three) then you will look forward to it, even when you aren't feeling up to it, or think you don't have time or whatever. You'll stick with something you love because you WANT it.

    Adding goals to that is a bonus if you're goal driven.
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    1. Enjoy what you're doing... you're more likely to be consistant on a program you find fun then one you hate doing.
    2. for me l find l need to hate myself / hate how l perform a lift to motivate me to get better at it. Nothings stronger then hate, it can drive you to do some good things.


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    Understanding that what drives you and motivates you changes as you grow older and encounter new chapters of your life.

    In the very early days for me (and I would be lying if I didn't admit to it) it was simply to look good. To walk around in a stringer top and just look massive and ripped. I did that, I got there and I am here. Now the reason I keep going is to maintain what I worked so hard on, because I enjoy it and to better myself. I know more about the physiological and psychological benefits of the training I do. It helps me in every other facet of life, from work to having very good mental clarity.

    I am sure if and when I have kids, my priorities will change again - it will be to keep strong and healthy for them, but I think no matter what - looking and feeling strong to me will always have a personal component. Ultimately you have to want to do it. I have to say within myself, and many others I have trained - getting "comfortable" (read: relationships) tends to loosen up your training and nutritional schedule. (eg I am sitting at 13% right now, where as I'd usually be 10-11% year round and maybe sub 10 during summer).

    Kudos to those who have the iron clad strength to push through those comfort barriers. Out of all the myriad of close friends I have (both female and male) the single varieties are the leanest and in the best shape Makes sense.. when you're always hunting you need good stamina, when you've always got a wild boar on the spit.. well not so much A way to alleviate this is perhaps have a motivating partner who will train with you. My missus has incredible genetics - doesn't lift weights, just goes for a run every now and again and she's lean all over with good proportions + the calf development of a female figure model (actually, probably even better). So that doesn't help me in any way.
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    I think most bodybiulders have some form of OCD


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    The secret is wanting the change - if that leaves you, for whatever reason (you're 'over' bodybuilding, your partner 'doesnt care' what you look like, other things become 'more important than how you look' etc etc) you lose the reason to be there in the first place.

    If you don't truly want it, you'll stop trying to get it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Goosey View Post
    I think most bodybiulders have some form of OCD
    A strong case of OCD me thinks.


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