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    lost motivation after 7years training

    first post but whatever I thought I'd join a forum and ask it.

    Been in gym since I was 16, I'm now almost 23. I genuinely don't think I've had more than an entire week off must have been only 3/4 times so it's been very consistent. Currently weigh 172 I'm like %7/8 body fat right now (picture is old like a year or two lol).

    The past few years I've always been spot on with my training even having days when I'm like right... I'm going in today to just train minor groups traps calves etc set routines and all this, training every single muscle. Now I'm just like I train what I feel like training there's no motivation to work on certain muscle groups no more, I'm not fussing over the weight on the scales or my body fat... I just try to stay lean that's all really no motivation for anything else anymore but I used to love that feeling of being almost obsessed with all the structured routine etc

    any ideas? Tried taking time off didn't work I just keep going because it gets rid of stress and all that
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    Originally Posted by johnconnorr View Post
    first post but whatever I thought I'd join a forum and ask it.

    Been in gym since I was 16, I'm now almost 23. I genuinely don't think I've had more than an entire week off must have been only 3/4 times so it's been very consistent. Currently weigh 172 I'm like %7/8 body fat right now (picture is old like a year or two lol).

    The past few years I've always been spot on with my training even having days when I'm like right... I'm going in today to just train minor groups traps calves etc set routines and all this, training every single muscle. Now I'm just like I train what I feel like training there's no motivation to work on certain muscle groups no more, I'm not fussing over the weight on the scales or my body fat... I just try to stay lean that's all really no motivation for anything else anymore but I used to love that feeling of being almost obsessed with all the structured routine etc

    any ideas? Tried taking time off didn't work I just keep going because it gets rid of stress and all that
    To me, it sounds like you've gotten a "little bored," possibly, with your "obsessive routine." You still need a certain degree of structure, but most likely just need to reconstruct your program, which may revive both your enthusiasm and vigor.....Your BF% is pretty low- is that normal for you? Is it possible this is contributing to dips in energy levels that can negatively impact your mood?

    One of the best motivators for training consistently, imo, is to reduce daily stress. So, you're doing this for an extremely important purpose. You sound a little down, as well. Has anything major in your life changed since you've been motivationally "derailed" with the gym? Is it negatively affecting you in other areas of your life too? It would be easy enough to select a good strength training program from the stickies to help get you back on track. But is this all you need right now?
    When I hear people say, " You should tone down your physique," I know I've achieved my fitness New Year's resolution:)

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    Just take a break. Don't be afraid to lose gains because once you lift again consistently you will regain them because of muscle memory. I took a couple years break and it was nice. Working out even though it looks like fun, it taxes our body and is a stressor if you have a lot other things going on, a break can be helpful.

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    I think this is the best time for you to take a break, you've been doing it for 7-years you might well have some time for yourself.
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    ...if I could turn back time!

    I worked out passionately from age 16-24. Took a break...the break turned into 17 years!!!

    This happens to a lot of guys, and every single one regrets it!

    Change things up, get a workout partner, train a freind, try something totally new, experiment with powerlifting, Olympic lifting, crossfit, WHATEVER it takes to get you over the hump.

    When I think how different my quality of life would have been if I just never quit!

    Young me...

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    Why did you start working out and make it a regular part of your life for so long? Have those desires just changed? Have other things become more important? Why do you see less focus on the gym as a problem you are trying to rectify by manufacturing motivation? ... Just some questions you might wanna really think about.

    The thing is, not everyone is a lifelong bodybuilding, strongman, etc. I've seen plenty of guys drop the gym as they age for their career, raising a kid, or just changing into the type that prefers to chug beer and watch sports with their gym time. Everyone is different, and people change, hopefully evolve for the better over time. I stopped putting as much time and effort into the gym well over a decade ago, and to me it was just a healthy evolution of life. With less focus on the gym I can focus on and enjoy other things, not to mention I really felt my body and the body of many males who have lifted heavy throughout their early years could really benefit from less abuse. I still look better than 99% of guys my age and am still healthy though, I guess I just don't see it as an issue if I am not "letting myself go" and no longer caring about my appearance or health, it's just not as big of a focus and I think that's fine.
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    Originally Posted by johnconnorr View Post
    first post but whatever I thought I'd join a forum and ask it.

    Been in gym since I was 16, I'm now almost 23. I genuinely don't think I've had more than an entire week off must have been only 3/4 times so it's been very consistent. Currently weigh 172 I'm like %7/8 body fat right now (picture is old like a year or two lol).

    The past few years I've always been spot on with my training even having days when I'm like right... I'm going in today to just train minor groups traps calves etc set routines and all this, training every single muscle. Now I'm just like I train what I feel like training there's no motivation to work on certain muscle groups no more, I'm not fussing over the weight on the scales or my body fat... I just try to stay lean that's all really no motivation for anything else anymore but I used to love that feeling of being almost obsessed with all the structured routine etc

    any ideas? Tried taking time off didn't work I just keep going because it gets rid of stress and all that
    I usually go back and forth between conditioning or lifting more to keep it interesting. Once I start to condition more... I miss lifting and vice versa. I get bored pretty easy.. so changing my routine often helps along with changing hobbies outside of lifting. Exercise helps my mental health more than my physical health at this point and if I slack off I'm not as happy. Idc really about my physical appearance being tip-top shape... as long as I'm happy mentally, I'm okay. Just my look on this subject. Good Luck!
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    Trust me dude, don't lose your motivation. You put in alot of time, sweat and effort into attaining the current mental and physical state that you're in today. Understand that if you quit; you will lose it all, sure you have muscle memory but the journey starts once again and you'll need to start from the bottom to reach the top once again. Think about why you started in the first place and change it around. Start doing some swimming and change your routine around. Do some independent research as to what else you can do. There are alot of things to do mate but giving up is not an option. I look at you mate; and I know how much time and effort you put in, I don't want to see it gone to waste.

    Understand that what you did and what you're still going to do (cause you're honestly not a quitter) makes you happy because it gives you that strong foundation of a mindset that you're using in your life. You can't tell me that before you started working out mentally and physically that you were a better person then you are right now. Working out isn't only a physical thing but also a mental thing; it improves and strengthens the mindset. Gives you perspective, gives you confidence and purpose.

    Just keep going at it mate, don't stop. Understand that what you did made you the person you are today and understand that quitting isn't an option. If you're not happy about what you're doing then change it around. New exercise, new priorities, new goals but you can't quit and don't think you're perfect because you're not, you got a long way to go.

    Keep it up mate.
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    Originally Posted by johnconnorr View Post
    first post but whatever I thought I'd join a forum and ask it.

    Been in gym since I was 16, I'm now almost 23. I genuinely don't think I've had more than an entire week off must have been only 3/4 times so it's been very consistent. Currently weigh 172 I'm like %7/8 body fat right now (picture is old like a year or two lol).

    The past few years I've always been spot on with my training even having days when I'm like right... I'm going in today to just train minor groups traps calves etc set routines and all this, training every single muscle. Now I'm just like I train what I feel like training there's no motivation to work on certain muscle groups no more, I'm not fussing over the weight on the scales or my body fat... I just try to stay lean that's all really no motivation for anything else anymore but I used to love that feeling of being almost obsessed with all the structured routine etc

    any ideas? Tried taking time off didn't work I just keep going because it gets rid of stress and all that
    If you were doing athletic training before, maybe try calisthenics. If you did calisthenics, eat like a bull, lift heavy as ****, and try strongman.

    Also, watch Iron Loo.
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    Was in the same boat, then started boxing and it ignited that passion again and even love the gym again. Just gotta switch up your angle.
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