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    Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Just a question to all females on the board, how do you stay motivated to work out hard when the gains are slow?

    I have had low test for several years and could never gain and decent amount of strength or muscle. Now, on this cycle, I can finally see what it should be like to be getting some gains in strength and mass. After 8 years of not much to show despite working out hard, I really lost my focus and drive.

    How do you keep going if the gains are slow going?

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    we eat a big piece of chocolate fudge cake and work off the guilt.
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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Nice. My wife has a soft spot for chocolate

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    i think most females do lol my girl loves chocolate during her time of the mo. then she says it motovates her to bust her ass at boot camp
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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Same with mine, only during her "aunt flo" visit.

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    I don't think most females are after lifting performance gains, or bulk muscle gains. They are mainly after toning and lean looks.
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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    So their results, being fat loss or slight muscle gain wouldn't be "slow gains" to them. Good perspective I hadn't thought of.

    (The wife didn't like me telling of her Aunt Flo and chocolate cravings lol)

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    For me what keeps me motivated is incentive, knowing what I want & why I want it, the reward at the end is motivation enough.
    I focus on the positive & not the negative, eventhough I think as most females we tend to be our worst critic, I try & not to focus on my weaker areas but rather on the positve changes I see, even if small at times.

    I'm very competitive & training with my husband motivates me too, I'm 35 and have been married for 16 years & I love to look my best for me & my husband... training is a lifestyle for me & the positive things that come out of it radiate in all aspects of my life, feeling good about how u look, having good self esteem & knowing that I'm diciplined & dedicated just makes me happy & makes me a better wife, mom & person.

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Originally Posted by rowdybrad View Post
    So their results, being fat loss or slight muscle gain wouldn't be "slow gains" to them. Good perspective I hadn't thought of.

    (The wife didn't like me telling of her Aunt Flo and chocolate cravings lol)
    I guess it depends on what their goals are, most women train to get "leaner" & some think they will get "bulky" by lifting which is far from the truth... I don't necessarly thing I have "slow gains" if I don't gain 2 lbs of lean mass, I'm happy if I get decent gains & maintain myself as lean as I can.

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Guys checking out my log every day is what keeps me motivated

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    I guess it would depend on someone's training and dieting ethics as if you are spot on, changes happen pretty quick...my gains are pretty quick and if for some reason they are not, I tweak until they do...must see constent changes.
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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    my girl goes to the gym to fit into skinny jeans.... if she gets off track or starts to eat bad she wont fit into them...

    So I know getting into them brings her joy and keeps her working hard. I think its more self pride she gets from it. She takes it very very seriously. which i think is important.





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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    I think if you know to expect slow gains that your goals are more realistic. I feel and look better when I go to the gym and when I do not go or take a few days off I feel guilty and tired.

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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Originally Posted by Mrs63Vette View Post
    I think if you know to expect slow gains that your goals are more realistic. I feel and look better when I go to the gym and when I do not go or take a few days off I feel guilty and tired.
    I'm the same way, if I take more than 3days off and it's not a vacation I feel like I'm failing at life.
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    Re: Keeping motivated with slow gains

    Originally Posted by mlupi319 View Post
    I'm the same way, if I take more than 3days off and it's not a vacation I feel like I'm failing at life.
    Going through this now. Night shift, plus buying a house, plus a honey do list that doesn't seem to end and grows daily, blah blah blah. My training has been put on the back burner the last 2 months. It sucks and I feel small as **** and life sucks and poor me lol no but seriously I hate it. Got word tonight I'm going back to day shift in a month or so so I can actually have a normal routine again thank effing jes¨s christ˛

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    Guess it depends on one's goals, but if we're talking about strength gains--following 5x5, or 5/3/1 will bring them faster. I went from a 135 1rm squat, and stayed stuck there, to 165 1rm in less than 60 days from following a proven program. They do work if you follow them to the letter. I guess I didn't 'know' how to increase the weight or push myself gradually, so the program helped for sure.

    But flat bench has taken me a longer time, even with a program...and I think staying motivated comes down to realizing that not every week or even every month at the gym will bring PR's. If it were that easy, everyone would be doing it. lol

    Weight lifting does make you feel good ...and look good, though--so if you keep at it, you'll see progress in other areas, if you're not solely going for strength gains. (as long as your diet is clean, etc)

    IDK, just what I think about it!

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    My experience is that if you don't have a lot of time to train compound exercises work best.
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