I love getting work out partners for multiple reasons. One is you can't back out if you know someone is depending on you. Two, you have someone to talk to so that the time passes. Three, you want to keep going so that the other person doesn't see you as a weakling. And four, it gives you someone who shares/understands your overall goal!
Gravity classes work well (total body workout) having to go to class forces me to do it! other than that I agree Music!
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Make your trainer laugh! (If you're lucky, he might just lose count...)
Edited by: BH7272 at: 12/16/2009 (12:28)
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Great, Heart pumping music as well as keeping a log to track my progress and see how much stronger I've become. Also, it may feel weird in the beginning but standing in front of the mirror as you lift is a great motivator as you will see when you're doing it right and how much your body changes.
I really enjoy taking classes at they gym. You start to know everyone in class and when you miss a class they notice and ask where you were. It helps keep me accountable and I've met some great people. I also find it pushes me to work harder.
I ENJOY GOING TO BODY PUMP. IT REALLY KEEPS ME MOTIVATED AND IT CHANGES EVERY FEW MONTHS SO YOU DON'T PLATEAU. I LOVE THAT IT COMBINES CARDIO AND STRENGTH TRAINING IN ONE. I TAKE CLASSES AT THE LOCAL YMCA IT'S MUCH CHEAPER AND IF YOU ARE A STUDENT OR SINGLE PARENT YOU GET A DISCOUNT.
Edited by: PEACHGRITS at: 12/15/2009 (22:36)
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Focus on what you are doing. I mean REALLY focus. 'Listen' to the feedback from your body as you do the exercise. See if you can do the movement with ONLY the muscles that are supposed to be involved. Relax the rest of your body. Control the movements. Observe the form of your breathing and adjust if necessary. It's very satisfying to feel 'in tune' with your body and that's all the fun I need.
Take a class at the local gym. I started taking a class called Women on Weights a few months ago. It helps me keep up with my workouts, and I work harder than I ever would have on my own. There is something about having the teacher there leading you that inspires you to do more.
Music, music really loud music you like if no one else wants to hear it use an Ipod
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215 12/15/09 4:39 P
Take pictures of your body every now and then too. Keep them on the computer in a file together so you can see how your progress has come along, and where you're going. After you get to your goal, it will be great to see it played along in a timed sequence.
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Having a partner to work out with is a great idea IMHO. It can be a friend, a neighbor, or even your own reflection in the mirror (if you entertain yourself enough! lol). It (having someone there) helps to be able to correct bad form, support weights for you if they become too heavy, and you can celebrate your successes together. Setting goals is a must, and reward yourself when you reach them. It gives you something to look forward to! I hope this helps! Keep up the spark!
Keeptrack! You will be amazed how much your body can do. Every few sessions you will see that your body can lift more and you start looking toned. Sometimes you might not see a big loss in weight but the inches will be where you see results.
Definitely keep a log - but better yet - follow a program in a book or on-line - that way, you can feel a sense of accomplishment finishing stage 2, for example - programs usually have mini-goals and interesting ways to check and reveal your progress - and it's a structured way to improve your strength, so you don't have to do a whole lot of thinking, you just need to know what exercises to do that day and you can experiment with just how much you can challenge yourself.
I never used to like strength training because I was using the machines a lot - when I switched to free weights, doing movements that make sense because we do them every day (like dead-lifts - we all bend over to pick things up off the floor) - suddenly I really enjoyed trying new things and challenging myself. I feel really tough and cool doing things with the Olympic size barbell, instead of the machines. Plus, challenging myself to see how many pull-ups I can do at once is something I look forward to every time I am at the gym.
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I think keeping a log really helps. For me it's fun to be able to see how in just a few weeks on some exercises I've already doubled the weight I lift.
Also for me actually lifting heavy enough is so much more enjoyable than doing 50+ reps of light weights like I used to, to "tone".
Edited by: ARTEMISR at: 12/15/2009 (14:27)
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Since I'm one of those people that likes to track my progress and challenge myself to do better each workout, I also keep a log. That and listening to my favourite music cranked up loud along with having my husband as a workout partner makes for a great evening!
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2,222 12/15/09 11:58 A
I'm not sure I'd ever consider it "fun"--I consider it a MUST! I do it 3 times each week to keep my muscles strong & maintain bone mass. I do it to be HEALTHY...not for giggles. :)
- I strength train with a buddy; we switch machines and keep each other going - track your exercises, both in a book when you complete them and then on Sparkpeople. You'll be able to see your progress and this will motivate you. - take a strength training class - join a SP strength training group - set some strength training goals and reward yourself for achieving these goals
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My hubby is so great! He has made the commitment to helping me and doing this journey with me. When we do strength training it's very hard for me, and painful as well, since I have missing disks in my back. He is there doing it with me, and we laugh at the mistakes we do, or how funny we look doing it. Making light of the situation has always helped me. If I can laugh while doing my bridges, my superman, and my wall push-ups plus pilates, it's all the better. PLUS: Laughing tightens the abdominals which exercises them all the more!!
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If you go to a gym, try Body Pump or Group Power, they're basically the same thing under different names, group strength training/circuit training classes using a barbell and set to music. I take Group Power once a week and love it. It's a great workout and it's fun.
I can't say I look forward to strength training ever. I just remind myself of the benefits and try to either listen to music or watch a show to get through it. I always feel good that I did it afterwards.
To be honest, strength training wasn't fun for me until I started to see improvement. Now I love it! I went from being able to do like 6 modified pushups, and now I can do over 20! It feels great and I love when I can feel that my muscles are fatigued! My only advice is to KEEP TRACK and as you notice improvement you will really start feeling motivated!
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body pump! check your gym to see if they have it. so far i've been doing it for two weeks and i feel great. it was impossible for me to strenth train too, so check out the classes at your gym.
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If you go to a gym, check out some of the classes. They have aerobic classes that incorporate weights/bands...ect.
Maybe that might be more your thing.
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I find if I "sneak" in strength training its not so bad. I have a couple small hand weights in the living room so I can do that while watching TV or surfing the net on the laptop. I also have some resistance bands that are so easy to carry around.
Speaking of which, I realized tonight I should get a second set of bands and leave a set at the office. There are only a few ladies in the office, and several of us keep a few things in the ladies room. Easy enough for me to keep those in there and do a few reps whenever I have to go!
I don't love strength training while I do it, but I find it so empowering to be strong. Envision yourself being able to do push ups and chin ups and squatting a hundred pounds. Set up some aggressive strength training goals. Hopefully you will find it motivating when you gain strength and are able to start meeting those goals!
Being competitive with yourself is a definite help. I have fun doing the wii fit strength exercises. My son started football in the spring and is now into weight training too so it is fun to see his progress and show him where I'm at. I wish I had more friends to work out with, I think that would really help with motivation and the fun factor.
Keep a log. By doing this you can see if your improving. An improvement of 1 rep or 1 pound means your making progress which is exciting. I rush to the gym to try and break previous weeks work outs and think all the time about my eating because now I am eating to get healthier, stronger and faster. After a while you have to discipline yourself to stay away from the gym and rest rather than discipline yourself to get to the gym.
I know all the benefits of strength training, and i see how much better i look when I do my workouts regularly, but still I'm really not a fan of strength training. So what do you do to make strength training a little more fun?
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