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Zero desire to weight train

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created September 07, 2013 at 12:44 AM

Nothing, not a fun-looking workout video on Youtube, not a kickass playlist....can make me want to get off my butt and pump some iron. What gives?

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 18, 2013
at 04:26 AM

I've been trying low carb but failing miserablly :(

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on April 17, 2013
at 12:11 PM

Are you going low carb at the mo? If so i went through the same but after a few weeks i was right back into lifting 2-3 times per week thoroughly enjoying it, i noticed when i first went low carb i was really lazy after a days work & there was no way id've lifted weights, now i got tons of energy for it whenever (still LC)

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 17, 2013
at 09:13 AM

GOod grief! Well, if you lose a pound a year, and you have 90 pounds of muscle, that's still a nice long life. And I for one think it's great that a "mere girl" would help out a scrawny old ass. Why the hell not? :) enjoy the view, I say.

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 16, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Ha ya I can see that. I enjoy going off it for a while to be able to push myself..just wake up and take some BCAA, creatine and cayenne before my workout. The taste is nasty but the result is nice =) I never do more than 4 weeks straight of any PWO supp tho

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 16, 2013
at 09:59 PM

I have also tried Muscle Pharm Assault and many others like NO Xplode, Superpump or White Flood. They give insane energy, mood and focus, sure. But beware. You cannot go on them forever, and once you left them, that zero desire to workout hits x2. That's mainly why I don't use them anymore. Too much stress for the CNS and will create a constant dependency on them to train at the same level. Also some of them taste so good and make you feel so alive that you would even end wanting them on non-training days... scary.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on April 16, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Well natural movement is free, trail runs, log carries, tree climbs, all the good stuff. For example I live in the middle of the city but a block away from a soccer field that has had an old chain-sawed log lying in one corner for the past year or so and I take turns sprinting barefoot around the field then carrying the log one length. Then I do jumps onto the picnic table and hoist myself onto the soccer goal a few times. The only thing is you have to get over the fact that people think you're weird. Have you seen youtube videos of Erwan LeCorre working out? They're pretty inspiring.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 06:44 PM

That's probably the case (+1) I would love to try CrossFit but I no can afford :(

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 16, 2013
at 01:25 PM

Well, you've got to keep the stick around for when the carrot doesn't work. Besides, lately can turn into quite a long time if you aren't careful.

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 16, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Thank you for that. There goes 1 hour 25 minutes of my day.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:24 AM

but seriously if you have no desire you're probably low on muscle glycogen and "over trained" (which really just means under recovered).

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Have you listend to "warrior" by Mark Foster, A-trak, and Kimbra? If you have not yet, there's no way you can listen to that and not want to go release some energy.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Oh. Well if that's the case maybe you just need a break? But if you really want to get in the gym I suggest increasing your (a) lean protein and (b) starches and you'll be itching to get into the gym. Maybe your routine is just getting stale? try a new one. When I feel like things are getting stale, I often just join another gym and train there for a while. New people, new equipment, new vibe, etc. Just some suggestions.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Maybe you just don't have the energy for it then? eat more starch and you'll be itching to burn it off in the gym.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:45 AM

Uh, I'm not exactly new to weight training (been doing it since I was a SAD, three years ago) I like a good weight training session, I just haven't felt like it lately and I don't know why.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:44 AM

it's not like I'm never going to weight train again! Gee! it's just that LATELY I haven't been wanting to!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:42 AM

no, I'm not THAT sleep deprived, i don't think I'm sick, and the last time I weight trained was Saturday.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:54 PM

+1 Great minds, indeed. :-)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Oh +1. I didn't see this before I posted. Great minds...

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:43 PM

Arnold was always good at giving advices

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:43 PM

Arnold was always good and giving advices.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:31 PM

"The most satisfying feel you can get in the gym is the "pump". It's as satisfying to me as "cumming" is, y'know? As having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I'm like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, getting the feeling of cumming at home, and cumming backstage when I pump up and when I pose out in front of 5000 viewers, I get the same feeling, so I'm cumming day and night! I mean it's terrific...right?"

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:19 PM

And then you go... Boom! Like you're saying: "Take a look at this hunk of man."

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37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:44 PM

Traditional weight training isn't very natural, isolating individual muscles and exhausting them in turn has little relationship to real world evolution-based movements and requirements of human strength and ability. Maybe you are subconsciously pining for something along the lines of MovNat or Crossfit?

PS I weight train in the gym... but as a supplement to more natural movements and only during the winter time.

37cc142fbb183f2758ef723a192e7a9d

(1353)

on April 16, 2013
at 09:20 PM

Well natural movement is free, trail runs, log carries, tree climbs, all the good stuff. For example I live in the middle of the city but a block away from a soccer field that has had an old chain-sawed log lying in one corner for the past year or so and I take turns sprinting barefoot around the field then carrying the log one length. Then I do jumps onto the picnic table and hoist myself onto the soccer goal a few times. The only thing is you have to get over the fact that people think you're weird. Have you seen youtube videos of Erwan LeCorre working out? They're pretty inspiring.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 06:44 PM

That's probably the case (+1) I would love to try CrossFit but I no can afford :(

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Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:16 PM

You need to watch "Pumping Iron".

You'll be talking like Arnold or Lou for weeks, and will be excited about your routine.

I'm not even kidding. ;-)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:51 PM

Oh +1. I didn't see this before I posted. Great minds...

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:19 PM

And then you go... Boom! Like you're saying: "Take a look at this hunk of man."

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:31 PM

"The most satisfying feel you can get in the gym is the "pump". It's as satisfying to me as "cumming" is, y'know? As having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I'm like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, getting the feeling of cumming at home, and cumming backstage when I pump up and when I pose out in front of 5000 viewers, I get the same feeling, so I'm cumming day and night! I mean it's terrific...right?"

508a4ebd259022f415326f7a6baec00c

(482)

on April 16, 2013
at 03:43 AM

Thank you for that. There goes 1 hour 25 minutes of my day.

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1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

on April 15, 2013
at 05:33 PM

"The most satisfying feeling you can get in the gym is the "pump". It's as satisfying to me as "cumming" is, y'know? As having sex with a woman and cumming. So can you believe how much I am in heaven? I'm like getting the feeling of cumming in the gym, getting the feeling of cumming at home, and cumming backstage when I pump up and when I pose out in front of 5000 viewers, I get the same feeling, so I'm cumming day and night! I mean it's terrific...right?"

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Pumping Iron"

Since you are new to weight training, i would certainly recommend starting with a higher volume workout for the first 1-4 months so that you can get the satisfaction of the pump each and every workout. It will set off a slew of endorphins in your brain and keep you coming back for more. Plus, the changes you see from high volume training as a newb are dramatic for the first year or so. Looking in the mirror should be all that's necessary.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:19 AM

Have you listend to "warrior" by Mark Foster, A-trak, and Kimbra? If you have not yet, there's no way you can listen to that and not want to go release some energy.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:10 AM

Oh. Well if that's the case maybe you just need a break? But if you really want to get in the gym I suggest increasing your (a) lean protein and (b) starches and you'll be itching to get into the gym. Maybe your routine is just getting stale? try a new one. When I feel like things are getting stale, I often just join another gym and train there for a while. New people, new equipment, new vibe, etc. Just some suggestions.

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:43 PM

Arnold was always good at giving advices

Ca2c940a1947e6200883908592956680

(8574)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:43 PM

Arnold was always good and giving advices.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:45 AM

Uh, I'm not exactly new to weight training (been doing it since I was a SAD, three years ago) I like a good weight training session, I just haven't felt like it lately and I don't know why.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:54 PM

+1 Great minds, indeed. :-)

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 01:55 AM

Maybe you just don't have the energy for it then? eat more starch and you'll be itching to burn it off in the gym.

1edb06ded9ccf098a4517ca4a7a34ebc

(14952)

on April 16, 2013
at 02:24 AM

but seriously if you have no desire you're probably low on muscle glycogen and "over trained" (which really just means under recovered).

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9a5e2da94ad63ea3186dfa494e16a8d1

on April 15, 2013
at 11:38 PM

I can't stand to weight train either. Nothing bores me more than simple, repetitive, kind of pointless and impractical exercises, that you have to do again and again every day, week, month, etc. By extension, I don't generally like to be around people that love that kind of stuff, and the macho "hey dude how much did you bench yesterday" kind of schtick. I can't imagine what would be more boring than trying to increase my max weight in some lift by 10 pounds.

What saved me was crossfit, which has a little bit of lifting, lots of strength training, but is totally different every day and very fun and challenging. I have never tried P90x but it seems like kind of the same thing, though I much prefer to work out in a group of people. Attending a class can be a way to keep it interesting and has a social aspect.

I also find kettlebell and calisthenic exercises interesting enough that I can do them at home alone several times a week for a while. I saw great results lifting nothing heavier than 35 pounds, though have since graduated to kettlebells as big as 70 pounds.

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86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 15, 2013
at 04:46 PM

This is SO un-paleo of me but you can try a pre-workout supplement. I had to use it to get myself back in the gym after some time off.

I personally use Muscle Pharm Assault. This can be part of your 20% non Paleo if you want...I just like to use it sometimes for the energy and pump.

Also added carbs in my diet made working out more fun once I GET there, but sounds like that's half the battle for you =)

...or don't lift and find an alternative you enjoy and look forward to (but that doesn't exactly answer your question)

86c97b2779feab3c330f5e1c5fea7e25

(2312)

on April 16, 2013
at 10:41 PM

Ha ya I can see that. I enjoy going off it for a while to be able to push myself..just wake up and take some BCAA, creatine and cayenne before my workout. The taste is nasty but the result is nice =) I never do more than 4 weeks straight of any PWO supp tho

048dd52752c45129c1212bfffb37ca72

(3150)

on April 16, 2013
at 09:59 PM

I have also tried Muscle Pharm Assault and many others like NO Xplode, Superpump or White Flood. They give insane energy, mood and focus, sure. But beware. You cannot go on them forever, and once you left them, that zero desire to workout hits x2. That's mainly why I don't use them anymore. Too much stress for the CNS and will create a constant dependency on them to train at the same level. Also some of them taste so good and make you feel so alive that you would even end wanting them on non-training days... scary.

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7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 15, 2013
at 05:25 PM

If you don't do anything about it, you'll lose about a pound of muscle mass per year. If you lose enough muscle mass, you die.

Long before you die, you get mortally embarassed when some punk kid, likely a girl, picks up the bag of dog food you dropped, and you've got to act all grateful and stuff because she's helping your scrawny old ass.

7bf306ada57db47547e9da39a415edf6

(11214)

on April 16, 2013
at 01:25 PM

Well, you've got to keep the stick around for when the carrot doesn't work. Besides, lately can turn into quite a long time if you aren't careful.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:44 AM

it's not like I'm never going to weight train again! Gee! it's just that LATELY I haven't been wanting to!

Bf57bcbdc19d4f1728599053acd020ab

(5043)

on April 17, 2013
at 09:13 AM

GOod grief! Well, if you lose a pound a year, and you have 90 pounds of muscle, that's still a nice long life. And I for one think it's great that a "mere girl" would help out a scrawny old ass. Why the hell not? :) enjoy the view, I say.

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7d46edca72c2f8347f65d7b734d1f1eb

on April 17, 2013
at 10:52 AM

If you don't want to then don't. Find an activity/exercise you enjoy like walking, yoga, biking, hiking, running, zumba, metcons, yard work etc. If any exercise or hobby becomes a chore forcing yourself to do it probably isn't going to help. If you've been forcing yourself to weight train maybe some time off from doing it will be good and bring you back to it. Of course if your body comp and performance goals require weight training then you're going to have to re-evaluate your goals at least short term.

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7d151e981f4f5b0a3c376d257965093a

on April 17, 2013
at 09:14 AM

If you're not already doing it, try starting a structured program where you're increasing the weight on your main lifts each week/month. This always motivates me because I want to beat what I did on the previous workout. Having a training buddy who's doing the same thing is also a great way to stay motivated because you can spur eachother on when one of you doesn't feel like lifting.

One other thing that may help is a Bulletproof coffee (http://www.bulletproofexec.com/category/coffee-2/) in the morning! I have one on mornings where I'm either deadlifting or squatting and it seriously helps with motivation and focus.

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3c216cb00d639e2ba6e60c35083e0741

on April 17, 2013
at 05:41 AM

All the above comments on functional movement are great and I wholeheartedly support them.

BUT

the very first step is understanding that some of the time it isn't going to be all that pleasant and you just need to give yourself a kick up the bottom, put your trainers on and get out of the door. Be it to a gym, a crossfit trial session or your local park.

Honestly, when you get into the habit it will become a lot easier and FAR more enjoyable.

tl;dr it might suck at first but get on with it. Do your squats!

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6a8f63ea06241c38c03f22ef9344d517

on April 16, 2013
at 08:39 PM

Try Street Workout! Train outdoors and everywhere. Weight training don't motivate me. Since I started Street Workout and Gymnastics, I never wanted anything else.

Give it a try!

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0017738e0e7d32848fda6bb26e9d9010

on April 15, 2013
at 11:34 PM

You've got to take classes at the gym. It requires you to be there at that specific time and trust me you will do more there then you ever will at home, or even at gym on your own. The other people will help motivate you, cause you not gonna just stand there watching them. Plus you will work out with an instructor with warm up, proper techniques, coaching, and good music! If you must...drink a cup of coffee befor you go to get pumped! Now go get it and show us your strong muscles when your done!

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2436f4e6d010656b346629a77e9599dd

on April 15, 2013
at 10:24 PM

Are you getting enough sleep? Could you be ill? I know I'm super sleep-deprived right now and lifting weights sounds entirely unappealing.

Has it been a long time since you worked out? Sometimes just powering through the first few workouts is what it takes to get to a point where it feels good and you crave it. (By "powering through" I mean making yourself do it, not doing a super intense workout.)

Are you more of a walker or cyclist? August's point notwithstanding, there are a lot of ways to exercise and everyone's body is different.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on April 16, 2013
at 01:42 AM

no, I'm not THAT sleep deprived, i don't think I'm sick, and the last time I weight trained was Saturday.

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C5d5cfab77a26fa17a56f2c62b99b879

on April 15, 2013
at 10:23 PM

If it's a pure question of motivation (rather than anxiety over injuries, or an actual injury or looking out-of-shape, etc.), the buddy system is worth a try.

Saying no to yourself and saying it to somebody else are two different things. Just being a little accountable to someone else can be enough to get your ass to the gym. Once you're there, you're gonna workout because you've already jumped the biggest obstacle just by walking through the door.

The benefits flow from there: you push each other through routines, you keep the pace up, you up the ante as the workouts continue, the time goes more quickly, you can have coffee or breakfast after the workout and make it a pleasant social thing.

Once you see some progress--and it doesn't take long--you may find that you really want to go with or without a friend.

That's how it went for me when I didn't feel like it and things changed.

Good luck.

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