When we exercise, our bodies make us temporarily masochists:

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Mate Griffon To Mare
People who are athletic will generally tell you that the "burn" they feel when they exercise/build muscle is a good feeling.

From the wikipedia page on endorphins:

They are produced by the pituitary gland and the hypothalamus in vertebrates during exercise,[2] excitement, pain, consumption of spicy food, love and orgasm,[3][4] and they resemble the opiates in their abilities to produce analgesia and a feeling of well-being.

It's also oft been speculated that the reason some people are masochists is due to overactive endorphin production in response to pain.

It's also been found that bottoms in BDSM have higher testosterone than tops do.

Based on this, I would say it's not a far stretch to claim that masochism is due to testosterone and endorphin production being in overdrive.

It's well-known that endorphins are released when a person exercises, and testosterone also contributes to building muscle, so both are also active when a person exercises. My theory is that the reason that the "burn" feeling of exercising is a good feeling to athletes is that the hormones involved turn our bodies mildly masochistic when we exercise.
"All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice." — Joseph De Maistre.
Mister Master
Whenever I exercise, the burn makes me want to stop if anything.
The burn makes me want to continue.
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The burn gives me a har-OMG
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6 Edmania8th Jan 2011 09:47:24 PM from under a pile of erasers
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Whenever I exercise, the burn makes me want to stop if anything.
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Repeating what's been said about it making me want to stop. But I think that's because this is more about people who make exercising part of their daily routines.
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I love the burn. Feels good man.
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