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Old 03-19-2013, 05:48 PM   #1
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Over the past 10 months I have really just been lifting for the fun of things. If I stopped enjoying it tomorrow, I would stop doing it. Somewhere around...well, when I started, I had a dream that I now have turned into a hobby. I had a dream of being the biggest bodybuilder, to the best powerlifter, and then the best weightlifter. Not long after that, I had a dream again of being the best powerlifter. Around January of 2012 I dreamed of being the World's Strongest Man while still doing my powerlifting training and sometimes incorporating strongman-esque things into my training. Then around late April I realized, this is not what I'm going to school for. This isn't truly what I want to do. I don't want to be on testosterone for life. I hadn't started that, but I knew the plunge I would have to take in a couple of years if I were to truly pursue those goals I may never reach. I wanted to do something else with my life and just lift. Just lift for fun.

I didn't lose those dreams out of fear of not reaching them. I just realized that they were not what I truly wanted to do. Sure, I'd like to step on a powerlifting platform again one day. One day when I am much stronger. I just want to lift for fun. If what I'm doing isn't the best or most efficient method for progress, that's ok. I enjoy it. When I stop enjoying it, I'll change it up. I know and have seen a lot of kids my age make the world in the gym their lives- and good for them. A lot of them have dropped out of their university. Some not even going to a community college and working a minimum wage job, but their life is the gym. And good for them if this is what they really want to do. That life sounds great in a way, but it isn't for me.

So, does anyone else in here merely lift for fun? It seems too often we put such a focus on a goal for every little thing we do that there isn't much fun in things. Progress is what makes lifting weights fun- no doubt. Although, my lifestyle isn't what it was. You know, the gym rat lifestyle or whatever where life is lift, eat, eat, sleep. I tend to get more enjoyment out of lifting now. If I miss a rep? Well, next time. If I end up being the strongest guy by accident? Great. I'd love it. I just lift because I can. There's no goal in mind other than being bigger and stronger. I no longer have to miss activities with my friends or family because it's 11 o'clock at night, gym at 9 in the morning. I just have fun. Anyone else? Or am I delusional about what the gym is for?
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:48 PM   #2
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I lift because I think that it is fun. But there are some serious benefits to doing it as well for me. I feel better, look better.
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Old 03-19-2013, 06:54 PM   #3
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Old 03-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #4
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It has to be fun or I wouldn't do it. . .kind of like I don't do cardio consistently because it's not that much fun.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:09 PM   #5
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Agreed with every bit.

I guess I didn't drive the point across clearly. My mistake. The actual question was supposed to be "Does anyone else here lift with no defined goal?". Most people on forums seem to have goals other than just look better or be stronger so it made me curious. I think I just got side tracked a little bit in the original post.
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I think without goals there will be little progress.
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Old 03-19-2013, 09:46 PM   #7
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Agreed with every bit.

I guess I didn't drive the point across clearly. My mistake. The actual question was supposed to be "Does anyone else here lift with no defined goal?". Most people on forums seem to have goals other than just look better or be stronger so it made me curious. I think I just got side tracked a little bit in the original post.
Davis, by mistake I thanked you for the post, I just wanted to quote it. Anyway, no offense intended, but for most of the members on MAB, lifting/ bodybuilding/ fitness is serious business. Serious business involves stiff targets, specific mindset, goals. The sport is not fun but a mission. A mission to progress, a mission to continuous improvement.

IMO, you may get to compete or you don't compete, but gym cannot be fun. My experience says,"aimless beginnings have abrupt ends." It becomes utterly meaningless to go to gym for fun.

Patience is of course the key, but always do your best. Give yourself goals and time. The basic nature of gym is goal orientated, nobody can escape that.

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My only goal is to be stronger. That's not much of a real goal in my opinion. My lifts have increased quicker since this has been my mindset. Maybe my idea of a goal is different than others.
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I probably would have quit long ago if it wasn't fun and enjoyable on some level. With that said there has been a goal from the day 1 of lifting, be it to get stronger/ tougher looking, definition , etc. Now I lift to maintain/ gain strength so I can work as paramedic and volunteer as a firefighter as I get older and hopefully lose some weight to boot.
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People have a misconception that when someone is lifting for fun that that equates to them not being "serious" about it at the same time; it's possible to lift for fun and be serious without being stuck in a rut and being mega-serious.

I've been ad lib lifting for the past few months, due to illness, but that's not to say it isn't serious even though it's fun; I'll easily pump out a very sufficient ad lib session which I enjoy and benefit from.

Being serious about lifting, to me, means that everything is set; keeping it fun means getting good and even great sessions in with a more flexible approach. As long as both work, that's the point.

To push people to be more serious (when mostly they're consistent and serious enough to be making progress anyway, as they are) can easily push some away...at least they have the motivation through enjoyment, how many have left the weight purely because they no longer enjoy them and those people are getting absolutely nothing at all whereas the people enjoying their training, be it flexible or ad lib in relation to more set approaches, are at least both working out and making progress.
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