I'm curious to see what motivates different people...
I'm not actually sure at the moment. momentum?One Year Ago
1. A general thought "I oughta get in shape I suppose."
2. Chopping a lot of firewood, and was feeling energized after the sessions, with energy I had to work out. Dug some dumbbells out of the closet and started curling just to bleed off the energy.
3. Saw people in my mother's assisted living facility who used wheelchairs though they had no apparent (at least to me) problems with weight or deformity or mental capacity. Thought, "If that's the result of decades of laziness, that's never going to be me."Six Months Ago
After joining up here, learned the general distinctions between Olympic, Powerlifting, and bodybuilding and found power lifting very appealing. Decided all of my original motivations came together nicely in a power lifting program.
Began to think like a power lifter: what will improve my bench + squat + deadlift?Now
Simple. I absolutely love lifting weights - the heavier the better. It's not the numbers, it's the feeling. If I can add 10 pounds to my dead it's not so much the bragging about the 10 as knowing it will be that much more intense on the next cycle.
We tend to believe the "exercise high" is about endorphins, but I recently read about a study where they gave endorphin blockers to runners, sent them out, and they came back saying they had a normal run. They also gave cannaboid blockers to runners, sent them out, and they came back saying they never really got to the "runner's high" stage they are so used to. Go figure.