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      02-16-2012 10:18 AM #26
      to get in better shape, like others have said i hate cardio, i think the reasoning behind that is that in any sport i played running was always a punishment for something, not a reward. im trying to overcome that now though, i usually run a mile or so after my workouts and im working on increasing that as i get in better shape. ive also never really been in shape, always been overweight, great for winter, not so great for summer when lifeguarding is my job.

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      2. never been in shape
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      02-16-2012 10:42 AM #27
      I was thinking about this question again last night, and also realized that I lift because those 60-120 minutes, 4x a week, are the most mind clearing, stress free minutes of my life.

      The second I walk in the gym doors, I no longer have money worries, job stresses, the girlfriend nagging me, any other day to day bull****.

      Sometimes I think I take even longer in the gym, just to avoid getting back to the real world for a bit longer.

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      02-16-2012 11:33 AM #28
      I'll answer even though I haven't lifted consistently in about a year (but am about to get right back into working out at a local hole-in-the-wall boxing gym this coming Monday)

      My reasons are:
      1) I am 45 and want to maintain my strength and stamina
      2) Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease run in my family, and exercise is a proven way to delay or avoid the onset of these illnesses entirely
      3) I want to set a good example for my wife and kids - I want my family to know that I care enough ABOUT THEM that it's important that I take care of myself
      4) I want to be able to keep up with my kids on the football field, basketball court, etc.
      5) I want to continue to wear the same size pants I've worn for 25 years!
      6) Being in good physical shape makes me more confident in all aspects of my life
      7) I don't want to be embarrassed to take my shirt off at the pool / beach*

      *It amazes me how comfortable some people seem to feel in their own flabby, out-of-shape bodies. Cover that !sht up, put down the cheeseburger, and take a damn walk! It's not that hard.

    4. 02-16-2012 01:15 PM #29
      Quote Originally Posted by kimlin85 View Post
      this above, and what dras said to a T.

      but for me i would have to say aesthetics and health are tied for first in importance, and strength has become less important over the years. as i've gotten older i have seen some sickness and pulled muscles so i value health wayyyy more than i did when i first started lifting and eating right.

      x is right, it's cheap and it doesn't take much time to lift. food costs arent much different, if anything it can be cheaper if you buy in bulk at BJs or sams. i think mentally it does a great deal as well. most people complain about the lack of time, but a bunch of ppl on this forum work full-time, attend multiple classes simultaneously, and are able to maintain relationships and friendships. there really is no legit excuse not to be in shape, outside of a medical condition that prohibits you.
      you're right kim. In fact, EVERYONE I know spends more time watching TV than I do at the gym. On thursday you could skip jersey shore and hit the gym instead. Especially these days with DVR there is no excuses...which makes me feel even better about myself.

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      02-16-2012 02:11 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by ::xander:: View Post
      you're right kim. In fact, EVERYONE I know spends more time watching TV than I do at the gym. On thursday you could skip jersey shore and hit the gym instead. Especially these days with DVR there is no excuses...which makes me feel even better about myself.
      i really dont get why they dont just waddle their ass down to the gym while they are catching their nightly garbage tv and watch it from a treadmill, most of the cardio barns have tvs everywhere now anyway.
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      02-16-2012 02:59 PM #31
      I feel like I don't lift enough now to even post in here, but what the hell.

      It's the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way for me to lose weight and keep it off - with proven results.

      And it's fun to challenge myself and see my strength increase.

      Also, I've never been very athletic (sports wise), so it's nice to be involved in something somewhat athletic that doesn't require me to have years and years of experience under my belt to be good at it.

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      02-16-2012 03:11 PM #32
      Quote Originally Posted by firefighterjunkie View Post
      I feel like I don't lift enough now to even post in here, but what the hell.

      It's the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way for me to lose weight and keep it off - with proven results.

      And it's fun to challenge myself and see my strength increase.

      Also, I've never been very athletic (sports wise), so it's nice to be involved in something somewhat athletic that doesn't require me to have years and years of experience under my belt to be good at it.
      oh good god im so far from athletic. i just wished someone would have taught me how to lift when i was 10-11 instead of making me play baseball,football,lacross, etc and just hating it.
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      02-16-2012 10:53 PM #33
      1.) continual rehabilitation of my right arm, had elbow problems then two surgeries, and am still working on getting it equal to my much stronger left arm. Hard to do with limited range of motion, but Ive been at it hard the past 4 months and have seen huge improvements.

      2.) get stronger, especially upper body, my legs are awesome from running and offroad motorcycle racing, but my upper was always weak sauce

      3.) look better neykid

      4.) put some weight on my skinny ass frame, went from 160 to 175 in 5 months, want to get up to 185-190 and have it be muscle

      5.) stress relief and it just feels damn good to burn up your muscles, if I don't go for a few days I get antsy
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    9. 02-16-2012 11:15 PM #34
      I lift because it's a physical activity that easily fits my schedule. If it were up to me, I'd surf and mountain bike to stay in shape. But this whole job thing really gets in the way of spending a whole day at the beach. The gym is right across the street from the office.

      The gym doesn't cost me anything (company pays for my membership), and I don't need expensive equipment to participate. And I can definitely see the direct results of lifting.
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      02-17-2012 11:16 AM #35
      I lift because I'm curious. I want to know what this body is capable of doing and I'm down to put in the effort to find out.
      I lift because I've always had back pain since I can remember. I used to baby it, but now I'm finding that if I really work it and stress those muscles, they get stronger and it feels better than ever.
      I lift because I hate being idle. Lately I've had nothing to do besides work, and it really gives me something to look forward to. I dread off days.
      I lift because I'm an engineer. I look at others around me in the office and they're mostly (not all, but most) fat slobs who eat horribly. I vowed to myself I wouldn't become like that, yet I know most of my career will be behind a desk.
      I lift because I'm really into modifying stuff. I change stuff on my car, my phone, my computer, my bike and all my other toys. I figure, hey, why not modify myself?
      I lift because I'm sick of people effing with me. It doesn't happen as much as it used to, but if I can avoid the situation altogether then great. If it's unavoidable, I want to be able to defend myself or whomever.
      I lift because it clears my head. It literally forces me to block out all other thoughts because I need to focus on absolutely nothing to move this hunk of metal up and down. For the hour or so that I'm there, nothing and no one else exists.
      I lift because if anyone is going to kick my ass, it's going to be me.

      I lift because of no one of those reasons, but all of them together. There may be others but I gotta get back to work now
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      02-18-2012 07:56 AM #36
      Quote Originally Posted by firefighterjunkie View Post
      I feel like I don't lift enough now to even post in here, but what the hell.

      It's the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way for me to lose weight and keep it off - with proven results.

      And it's fun to challenge myself and see my strength increase.

      Also, I've never been very athletic (sports wise), so it's nice to be involved in something somewhat athletic that doesn't require me to have years and years of experience under my belt to be good at it.
      you made such a great transformation, physically and mentally. what are you able to do these days? I remember you said you had some abdominal issues after the baby.

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      02-18-2012 10:19 PM #37
      A more visual reason why I lift...

      My friend on the left (125 lbs. all cardio) - Me on the right (130 lbs. all weights)
      She swears cardio is everythingggg and is solely focused on the numbers on the scale. I'm glad Alicia showed me the way.


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      02-19-2012 09:39 AM #38
      I work out the same reason all of us do... For the opposite sex(Or same sex. Not that there is anything wrong with that.).

      There are puuurrdy ladies at the gym year round. You look good in a swim suit for the puurrrdy ladies at the pool in the summer. And Girls love taking your shirt off.

      We are instinctively drawn to people who are in good shape(physically, mentally, financially, etc). Its axiomatic that if you want to attract the opposite sex you should be in good shape.

      I don't care how shallow it sounds compared to some responses if we are being honest with ourselves we all lift for this reason at some level.
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      02-19-2012 11:47 AM #39
      I just want the b!thchezzzz!
      In all seriousness, I started last year and was 6'0 tall and 125 lbs.
      Who wouldn't start resistance training when you're that size.
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      02-19-2012 01:13 PM #40
      Quote Originally Posted by Symphony View Post
      I just want the b!thchezzzz!
      In all seriousness, I started last year and was 6'0 tall and 125 lbs.
      Who wouldn't start resistance training when you're that size.
      Did anyone ever confuse you for a barbell at the gym?

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      02-19-2012 06:29 PM #41
      Quote Originally Posted by Techun View Post
      Did anyone ever confuse you for a barbell at the gym?
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      02-20-2012 10:24 AM #42
      I always wanted to lift. I never had the motivation / help to get started.

      I do it for confidence. I do it because Ive been heavy my entire life. I do it because Im very driven by cost/benefit, Im paying for it so lets make it happen...

      I do it because I love complements. I love when people havent seen me in months, years whatever and the first thing they say is damn, or you look good.

      I do it because I needed the guilt when Im out of the gym, I have no will power with food. When Im not in it- it helps me to eat one cookie - instead of 6

      I started paying more attention to myself because it was about time. Im 30- and I can say that I eat decently, sleep well, and Im in the best shape of my life. Far from impressive, but Im starting to get attention.

      To me nothing beats when I know I can do it. If its moving something heavy or just squatting with my niece holding her up to see fish in a tank, I can do it know because I am stronger. To, me that is the most impressive part
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    18. 04-03-2012 01:39 PM #43
      Quote Originally Posted by kimlin85 View Post
      what do you care most about? strength? health? aesthetics?

      also, have the reasons you lift changed over the years?
      As a fore-note, my "gym" is
      1) Streets (skateboarder for 11 years, I can skate from my block [112th st for anyone who knows NYC] all the way down to Battery Park [Southern tip of Manhattan] and back with ease)
      2) Swing rings
      3) Central & Riverside Park (been "freerunning" since before I knew the 'activity' even had a name) always saw it as tons of fun when I was a kid and exhibiting my 'inner animal'
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      4) Playgrounds when they aren't occupied.

      That said, I don't lift, but I do curl dumbbells (biceps, triceps, gentle wrist curls, and pectoral engagement) at home weekly just for the strength. I don't look to build huge muscles that are blowing out of my shirt or having rock hard muscles. It's just for the resistance + muscle strength and endurance alongside everything else I do.
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      05-20-2012 10:08 PM #44
      i workout because i want to look good.. lol its an awesome stress reliever too

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      05-21-2012 11:45 AM #45
      Im 31 yrs old and prob in the best shape i have ever been in.
      I weight train, because
      -I fight mma
      -I sprint
      -IM getting divorced and it helps me keep my sanity!

      what do you guys mostly do? free weights, kettlebells, machines??

      Im really into kettlebells, it just amazing for your core
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      05-21-2012 11:47 AM #46
      Quote Originally Posted by Symphony View Post
      I just want the b!thchezzzz!
      In all seriousness, I started last year and was 6'0 tall and 125 lbs.
      Who wouldn't start resistance training when you're that size.
      wow. im 6'1" and stuck at 180, trying to hit 190.

      you taking any shakes, supplements?
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    22. 06-08-2012 12:50 AM #47
      I lift to maintain strength. 20+ years at a desk job has really softened me up.

    23. 06-09-2012 12:51 PM #48
      I finally have a reason to lift again. Competition! Yay.
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      06-09-2012 01:29 PM #49
      Mostly, just because I like to pick things up, and put them down a lot.

      But seriously I don't want to be a fat ass slob like I see most people around are.
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      06-10-2012 05:52 PM #50
      Quote Originally Posted by DTMTrini View Post

      That said, I don't lift, but I do curl dumbbells (biceps, triceps, gentle wrist curls, and pectoral engagement) at home weekly just for the strength. I don't look to build huge muscles that are blowing out of my shirt or having rock hard muscles. It's just for the resistance + muscle strength and endurance alongside everything else I do.
      Lmao so you do the most brofest useless lifts possible !
      Your forearms must be jacked !

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