As I sit here wallowing in self-pity and browsing bodyspace,
I can’t help but notice how hard it is to just tell people to keep up the good
work, or to tell them to reach around and pull their head out. Bodyspace is
supposed to be the social networking site “we” use motivate/inspire us to reach
our fitness/health goals. Without fail
the site has been turned into a competition…how many friends, followers, or people
you inspire. It should not be about
I am on bodyspace purely for fitness related reasons. I see people doing amazing things, but it is
almost awkward to message someone you do not know. I think bodyspace should add something like a “pat-on-the-back”
or “good game” function. It would almost
be like liking something on facebook. Just something informal to let people recognize the hardwork of others. Of course if you have a pat on the back, you
must have a kick in the ass…as the two are only 12 inches apart. At least that
is what my dad used to tell me.
Personally, I like being told I am doing good work. I think
because I have a hard time seeing my own successes. I am not sure it motivates
or inspires me, but is sure does feel good. I think something a little impersonal from a
strange that says…”dude, good work” would help the site. I would kind of be like
the head nod of approval you get at gym when you just finished the hardest set
of squats with perfect form.
Let’s make this interactive blog: what would you add to or
change about bodyspace?
I absolutely hate not being able to do things. I just keep reading articles on how to heal faster, as if that is going to help. I do not know how I am going to make it 4 weeks "taking it easy". The worst part is I hate taking my pain medication. It makes me really loopy. I am just sitting here trying to stay positive and move as much as I can without damaging anything.
I try to see the positive in most situations: this one just blows. Even though the positives are there, I was really starting to see some results and now I have to take 4 weeks off. I just keep telling myself that in 4 weeks I am going to work like I have never worked before. I am using this time to take a break from all supplements. As soon as my "boys" are feeling up to it, I am going to start walking more. I read that it speeds up the healing process and keeps the metabolism running. Let me know if you have any advice.
Fresh out of the operating room for umbilical hernia repair and vasectomy, I decided I would put some of my thougths down on "paper". For the sake of this blog, I am addressing anyone that is not a fitness trainer on this sight that states they want to motivate others.
The first topic I will address is all the people on bodyspace.com here to motivate other people. Personally, I think it is a crock of ****. Let's consider what I think to be pretty common traits of the bodybuilder. Most bodybuilders (BBs) are vain. They have to be. Pure bodybuilders put in blood, sweat, and tears to look good. Also, I believe that most BBs are competetive. Essentially, they want to look better than other people. Yet these same people want to motivate you.
What they want is your envy and a contract. They want to know that other people think they have a great body. They could not give a rats ass if you ever lifted a weight, so long as you complement them and want to have their body.
I am a non-commission officer (soon to be senior non-commission officer) in the Air Force and part of my everyday job is to motivate my subordinates. It is my job to movivate them to work hard, volunteer, go to college, live healthy and be fit, and have integrity beyond reproach. I have to be the real deal or they will see right through me.
You cannot motivate people by simply posting some pics and telling us you had another great chest workout today. I have enough self determination that I motivate myself. However, sometimes others do motivate me. In order to motivate me, I need personalization. I need to know you were not born with a 10 pack. I need to know that you have a full time job, a wife and 3 kids, and still got shredded. Tell me that you too had 3 months of training your ass off to see little results.
Do not let youself be fooled by all of these people on this website here to motivate you. If you want to get motivated by a body, wake up and look in the mirror naked everymorning. Remind yourself that you want to be fit and healthy, tie you shoes, and start the workout. It is not easy to do. I have been at it for a long time and I am not sure I will ever be satisfied. I get asked all the time how I drag myself out of bed every day. It is not easy. I have to give myself a pep talk every single morning. Then I crawl out of bed, look in the mirror, flex, call myself a chump, and tie my shoes.
I was very upset with today's measurements. I have been working my tail off in the gym, eating well, and getting rest. However, little gain in the last month. After I took out my agression in the gym by punishing my shoulders and legs, I went straight home and scrutinized my diet. I was eating 300+ grams of protein everyday, but, as it turns out, I was only consuming around 2000 calories per day. I spent several hours on Bodybuilding.com reading diet articles and I have contructed my own. I am so excited to get started. It is going to cost me a little more $$, but it will be worth it. New goal: 5 pounds by 1 April 2012.