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Chris Shugart
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Join date: Oct 2002
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Stomp the Right Bug


John missed his scheduled workout today and $10 disappeared from his bank account.

Steven missed his workout too. His "free" gym membership is now going to cost him $100 this month.

And that's just what they signed up for.

It's part of a new trend in gyms: don't check in as often as you told them you would and you pay for it. Literally.

I joked about a gym like that almost a decade ago. I said it would add extra incentive to get couch spuds onto the StairMills. I was kidding. These gyms aren't. And apparently they're pretty successful.

It seems silly, but hey, newbies and those who haven't yet made the shift need all the motivation they can get.

But somewhere along the way, you don't need punished for not going to the gym. Missing a workout, for you, is punishment. In fact, it's kinda hard to keep some folks OUT of the gym.

What happened? How does lazy newb turn into gym fixture?

I call it the shift. It can happen quickly or slowly. But when it does, it's a thing of beauty. You go from trudging through your workout to totally getting off on it. Soon, you can't wait to get in there.

How do you experience the shift if you're not there yet?

Well, usually it's just a matter of time. You just have to do it until it doesn't suck.

Until it kicks in for you though, it's a matter of choosing the right training style. Do whatever gets the blood flowing to your naughty bits. In other words, do what excites you.

Like powerlifting? Then by all means, shave your noggin and go heavy or go home. CrossFit appeal to you? Go for it. Sure beats the couch.


Bodybuilding, Olympic lifting, complexes, kettlebells, strongman, half-marathons, Advanced Combat Yoga... doesn't matter. All you're looking for is the right bug to start with. Pick any bug you like and wait for it to bite. Once you're bitten, you'll shift.

Or you can give me $10 every time you miss a workout or eat a doughnut.

I'm here for ya, man.

-- Chris


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Bellamy
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Join date: Dec 2005
Posts: 14

Great post Chris,
Doesn't matter what you are doing as long as you are doing something. Weather is getting warm up here now and that means hill sprints, tire flips and other outdoor activities that have been greatly missed in the past 6 months.

I love the fact the fitness bug bit me and I don't plan on looking for an antidote to cure my ailment.

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ShadowStrong
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Join date: Jul 2008
Posts: 110

Great Post! I'm really interested in this Gym-pact system... the funniest/saddest part is that they are probably making a lot of money right now on missed workouts.

Dave Tate was my Gym Bug...I was fat and not strong. He was large and then leaned up, and was still ridiculously strong. So started my path...

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Chris Shugart
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Join date: Oct 2002
Posts: 17381

ShadowStrong wrote:
Great Post! I'm really interested in this Gym-pact system... the funniest/saddest part is that they are probably making a lot of money right now on missed workouts.

Dave Tate was my Gym Bug...I was fat and not strong. He was large and then leaned up, and was still ridiculously strong. So started my path...



Tate is a great motivator, no doubt.

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