Hi all,

I recently landed a relatively intensive internship: my commute is about 3-4 hours total (there and back again), along with a 5 to 6 hour workday. I'm up at 6 and home by 6. Needless to say, I'm pretty tired and hungry when I get home and I really lose the motivation to go to the gym. My motivation is also killed by the fact that I like to get to bed by 11 or 12 to maximize my sleep. 

What do you working gents do to get yourselves to the gym? Especially the guys who work 40 hours a week- what's your motivation? Just roll up your sleeves and get to it?


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I go to the gym 5:00-6:30am so that I can be ready to be at work by 8:30. However, I do not have to contend with the commute you have.

Perhaps I'll start going before work. My gym opens at 5 so early morning workouts aren't necessarily out of the question. But an hour and a half/two hour commute (one way!) doesn't help things. 

A gym on your work's campus, if such a one exists, is also a good option.

That's a pretty good idea. I don't have my own place, though, so purchasing a lot of equipment isn't much of an option. I do have some free weights but one can only do so much with those. 

All you really need for a complete home gym are a pullup bar, ammo cans (fill with sand to about 30-40lbs), a dumbbell and associated weights, and maybe a bench or two.

Can you carve out some time in your workday, such as at lunch? I take my lunch at the gym three days a week, hour door to door (usually). Eat at my desk later while I work.

Get in about 45 minutes of gym floor time. At home I go to bed even earlier, usually just after ten. I don't watch much TV.

My motivation is simply doing it; I don't do many "manly" things like fish or hunt, but the gym gives me the opportunity/challenge to pick up well over three hundred pounds off the floor, or stand up/lower with almost the same amount of weight on my upper back for several reps and sets.

After a good session I return to the office feeling like (and as a side benefit, starting to look like) Superman; don't need any more motivation than that.

I work more than 40 hours per week and my commute is about an hour each way. I find stopping at home between work and the gym greatly decreases the likelihood I'll go to the gym on a weeknight. An issue at home always seems more important. So, I have my packed gym bag with me when I leave for work, and I have a snack as I leave the office (because often my work+gym day is 14 hours).

In general, consider how you're motivated. Some people are motivated by rewards. "If I go to the gym this evening, I'll have a beer afterwards." Some people are motivated by threat of punishments. "If I don't go to the gym 3 times this week, over the weekend I must not eat any meat." Some people are motivated by competition. There are social media apps that let you compete over fitness activities with far-flung friends.

After 17 years as a straight-A student, I'm still collecting gold stars. I mark on my calendar when I exercise, and seeing the marks add up is a good motivator.

I work a 40 hour week but I still feel I have too much free time to kill. I used to kill it by drinking, now I am trying to kill it in the gym. I think the weird part of your life is the 3-4 hours commute, mine is about 25 mins: 2 stops with the tramway and then 6 with the subway. (Vienna, Austria, the public transport system is quite  good. But with a car it would not be more than 30-40 min either. I took care to find our apartment close enough to the city center.)

Just move or change jobs, more than 45 min distance (so 1.5 hrs total) is unacceptable.

My wife works two shifts, I do a normal office job, so I don't need much motivation. When she works early, she gets up at 5AM, so what can I do, I get up and fuck off in the gym. When she works late, she gets home at 22PM, so what can I do, either I drink myself silly which I really want to put a stop to, or I am go to the gym after work.

Personally I had a hell of time getting motivated. In the end, for me at least, the trick was finding something I could do at home. So I took up the Mace bell and later the Club bells

Interesting. To me that never worked because when I am at home there are too many distractions. But if I drag my ass to a gym, something will happen.

For me i found too many reasons not go. Now I just drag the kids into the back yard with me while I do my work out.

There are times when all you have to do is just do it.

Part of your "non-motivation" may come from only getting 6 or so hours of sleep.

You may find getting up at 5am, then working out and going to bed at 9 or 10pm may work for you.

Early morning getting the blood flowing combined with sufficient rest may be your solution.


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