We can always rely on our readers to pitch in when it comes to supporting each other in the quest for fitness. So when we asked you to motivate anyone looking to start a regimen by telling us what exercise made you first love working out, you really delivered.
One thing was clearyou guys like to fight (and we'd expect no less). Boxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu and wrestling were the top picks for ways to get fit and stay fit without it feeling like a chore. Anthony Welti said, "It's a great workout, and having teammates helps keep me motivated." (Being able to kick the living crap out of said teammates probably helps, too.) "Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is for everyoneyoung, old, fat or fit, men or women."
THE TRAINING THAT GOT YOU HOOKED
Fighting (boxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, wrestling)
Trailing not far behind was weightlifting. Fans were just as pumped hitting a new personal best as they were with the undeniable results. "Pushing yourself to get stronger and seeing hard work pay off is a great feeling," commented reader Tino Maranghi.
Running, hiking and cycling came in third place as much for the therapeutic factor as for the fitness factor. Justin Worthington said, "[It] allows me to clear my head and get in shape at the same time." While Dave Rushton favored the convenience: "I don't have to wait around for dumbbells when I can just hit the open road."
But fans of the fourth place pick didn't need to leave their homes at all. Readers were loving the P90X and Insanity DVD workouts. Rob Smith said, "I'm 40 and in the best shape of my life. Didn't look like this a year ago!"
Other honorable mentions included CrossFit, swimming, team sports such as volleyball and soccer, and kettlebells. Meanwhile, one reader even said it took the Marines to get him loving exercise: "[It] pushes me through the thick and thin."
So, if you're looking for a workout that won't feel like work, but will whip your ass into serious shape, listen to your fellow fitness gurus. Pick a fight, throw your weight around, hit the pavement, or, if you're so inclined, sign up for basic training.