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Who does not work-out and why?

post #1 of 9
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I just got back into working out at the gym with weights, its been a very hard and inconsistent road. I got very lazy this past year after I sustained some serious ski injuries last January.

I went from:
  • 220lbs of very lean muscle at Summer 06 (6 days training, careful diet, supplements)
  • 180lbs by Summer 07 (losing weight while healing from broken bones)
  • 200lbs of flubber by Fall 07 (eating my days away, ah pumpkin pie)
Now I am training 3 days a week, weigh 185lbs, not very muscular but not very lean either. My goal is to get back to my Summer of 06 fighting weight. Its going to take a lot of dedication, pain, time, and money and to be honest I no longer have the hunger to do it since its like "been there done that"...but I will try, hopefully the gym bug will bite again.

Ill say this much although it was nice to just go home and eat whatever I want and not have to drag my butt to the gym after working all day (or being on EpicSki all day ). But after a while, I started to get joint pains, feel weak, not care about my appearance as much, feel more and more lazy, eat everything and anything just because it was there, and in general not feel as good as I used to at any given moment....not to mention nothing looked good on me anymore. My conclusion is that with all its associated soreness and time consumption, it pays to hit the gym.

But I realize some never work out (aside from skiing). Why? No time? No need? Fit enough? So active in daily life that it is a workout in itself? Dont know where to begin?
post #2 of 9
I hate working out. I've tried all sorts of things, and I just don't like gym workouts ... classes, solo, fancy gym, 24-Hr Fitness, home equipment, whatever.

But I do it anyway. I go to a trainer once or twice a week, and using a trainer (ie paying in advance and losing the $$ if I don't show up) is the only way I'll be consistent. Then I do work out at home once or twice a week: core stuff, physical therapy exercises, bosu, small weights, pushups, whatever.

I will caveat that by saying I don't have a weight problem, and I definitely eat more when I work out ... so working out isn't a weight loss thing for me. That might change my mind. But I doubt it. I just find it extremely boring.

So ... I guess I am not exactly who you are addressing ... but there was a time that I didn't work out and that was my reason.
post #3 of 9
ALthough I am always in pretty good shape for my age, I find that I need something to motivate me to work out harder. My current motivation is to get myself in good enough shape that I don't slow people down at the Utah Gathering. After that I will try to keep major love handles away for the summer and swimming.

I was doing pushups and crunches at home until things slowed down at work recently. Now I joined a gym and hit it every morning before work and will ride a stationary bike at home at night while watching tv. When I don't exercise regularly it's because I just don't have the time between kids and work.
post #4 of 9
I don't work out. It shows.

Before last year, daily life was about as physical as you can get: slinging 5 gallon paint cans around all day, climbing ladders at home and at work, the gardening, housework, remodelling.....crouching, stretching, kneeling, etc.....all of that kept me pretty flexible and strong.

I'm not nearly as physical this year, and won't be for a long time. It's hard to think about stuff like that when you're in a giant egg slicer and someone's sitting on it every day. I don't feel bad about it, though. I'm alive, and that's good enough for me.
post #5 of 9
I did free weights on my equipment at home about 3 times a week for about 10 years. That was probably the highest return on invested time and effort for my body. I was also skiing, playing tennis and scuba diving.

Because of time pressures I dropped the weight training and concentrated on my skill sports.

I have recently started attending yoga classes, and I must say, this feels really good for me. Its tweaking my body in all kinds of ways that my other sports don't do, and its also kind of a new training adventure. Its also nice to be in a class full of hot, sweaty, hard-bodied girls. I have to closely watch the instructor and the other students to follow the program!
post #6 of 9
i' ve tried working out, but those weights are really heavy. the whole reason i went to college was so i wouldn't have to lift heavy stuff.
post #7 of 9
I did when I was racing. Now I just do what is fun. When I'm having lots of fun I'm in good shape.

My body won't change by more than 10 lbs no matter how much I eat or work out.
post #8 of 9
Somehow this conversation reminds me of a quote from Tiger Woods, on what he said to John Daley . . . if I recall the story Daley had invited Tiger out for a beer, and somehow the conversation got around to fitness . . . Tiger's coment to Daley at one point was "If I had your talent, I'd be drinking a beer, too." Just too funny

The other Daley quote I heard from the same interview with Daley was that he figured "cafiene plus nicotine equals protien".

For me, it's always a battle with staying in shape . . . my recent motivation has been a return to this sport, so right now I'm motivated to go to the gym, workout at home, hit the bike early in spring to maintain fitness, and kill myself on the stair-stepper when I can. The payoff is last weekend was probably the first time I ever survived three straight days of skiing and still had legs at the end
post #9 of 9
Originally Posted by epl View Post
i' ve tried working out, but those weights are really heavy. the whole reason i went to college was so i wouldn't have to lift heavy stuff.
Good answer
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