Post # 1
Fiance and I checked out The Biggest Loser and he totally HATED Jillian. He says that if someone yelled at him like that while he was working out, he’d just tell them to shut up. A couple of my friends have said similar things.
I, on the other hand, LOVE the way she yells/pushes people (I sometimes use her dvds) and also love it when my spin class instructor tells us we’re weak, not working hard enough, etc. It motivates me to push myself harder!
But, now I’m curious. Are you motivated or put off by someone yelling at you/pushing you when you work out?
Post # 3
YELLING!!!! If someone was all nice-nice while I was working out I wouldn’t be motivated to kick my own butt! I also like in Jillian’s DVDs when she reminds you to think about why you’re doing this. In person it might be a little weird, but on the DVD it totally works.
Post # 4
yelling! as annoying it is, and as angry it makes me at the time, it works.
Post # 5
I am not motivated by most yelling. Any sort of criticism or meanness totally backfires and I just want to punch the person. I am motivated by encouraging yelling. My current trainer tells me I’m really strong but that I can and need to finish the set, which works well.
I tend to kick my own butt a little bit, having someone tell me I can and should go a little further helps, though. I think because part of why I don’t push myself as hard as I can is because I’m afraid to get hurt.
The other thing that motivates me is thinking about the girls I play ultimate frisbee with who are faster than me!
Post # 6
i love the yelling!!! maybe its my military background but it gets me going and i get into my workout more! 🙂 i also like group exercise (ie classes, group runs, etc) 🙂
Post # 7
I like Jillian – probably because she does push me! When I feel tired and stop trying as hard she makes me step it up!
Post # 8
Ehn, I don’t like yelling. Not when I’m paying you to train me. OTOH, I don’t need a trainer. I’ve been working out for a decade so I know what to do. I have watched the show and I think they do it just for the drama!
Post # 9
I love how I feel after a workout. And I do martial arts and love it so it is something I love to do anyways. If I am feeling unmotivated I try somethig fun, ballroom dancing, swimming, yoga, football, frisbee ect. Sometimes I also see someone who is in really good shape and I think, I want to be in good shape too.
Post # 10
Honestly if someone was yelling at me while I was working out, I’d turn around and punch them in the face…hard.
I started working out when I was eight all by myself (both of my parents were bodybuilders and I loved having strong biceps and legs!). I learned to love to feel the exercise burn and enjoy reaping the rewards. I freaking hate going to the gym, but that’s just because I dislike other people looking at me while I work out. I like to exercise outside, weather permitting, but when it gets cold I’m happy to head to the gym and kick my own ass. If I see anyone so much as look at me for a second too long, however, they get an evil stare. If someone commented on my workout or even worse, yelled at me for motivation, there’d be consequences. All I have to do is visualize what I want my body to look like to be motivated, really.
Post # 11
I’m not one for yelling. I’m a yogi, for Pete’s sake!
Strangely, I have most of Jillians DVDs nevertheless.
Post # 12
I hate yelling! I like positive encouragement, if someone is yelling I shut down and get defensive. However, I understand how yelling can really help some people.
Post # 13
I prefer classes with a positive instructor. I like when they seem like they ate a bowl of crack for breakfast. It’s annoying, but motivating at the same time. I don’t respond well to yelling, so I would not be happy about that! I like a more positive energy. Lots of ‘You can do it!’ and ‘Think of how good you’ll look in your jeans’ 😀
Post # 14
@lilybee: LOL–“bowl of crack” Yep, I know and love the type!
Post # 15
This is going to sound a little crazy, but when I feel like I am tiring out on the elliptical, I will look down at my thighs and see how I want them to change (smaller, more toned etc) and it makes me push a little harder and a little longer. It is alomst anger at myself that I am not where I want to be… is that sick? lol
Post # 16
@lilybee: Yes, bouncy happy yelling!
Critical yelling makes me want to punch the person.
Though I am probably unusual that if someone starts talking about how many calories are burning or how I will look in my jeans I start to shut down. The gym is my happy worry free stress release place – I want to focus 100% on performance and what my body is capable of, not how it looks.