We shared it with all the ladies training for other sports. To me it was no big deal, but to other guy’s it was like a macho thing. I never understood that. Being the smallest lifter, but most accomplished lifter. Back then I was 5’2 – 125lbs. I could bench double my body weight and almost squat three times my weight. I never lost a weightlifting meet except at the State level where I placed in the top ten 3 times and top 5 twice. I was not in school my Junior Year.
After High School I continued to lift, but wasn’t very serious about it. I was in Film School at the time, chasing girls and drinking more. It wasn’t till 2008 I started getting serious again. Again, started at the garage level and then in 2010 I started going back to a gym to train. It wasn’t till 2012 I started training legs again. I was still all about the power and then I just got too thick. I needed to cut back. One of the hardest things I had to do was unlearn lifting for power and learn to lift for fitness. I lost 50+lbs in about 18 months. At great losses to my person’s. My health, my mind, my spirit, my strength all had its up and downs. That is why when I say I have a real spiritual connection to my mind/body/spirit in the gym, it is because I do. I train like I am the only one in the room. I don’t care what people think when they watch me only bench the bar for 100 reps or lip syncing my favorite metal songs, looking like I have the look of pure evil on my face. I do not care when I make eye contact and do not deviate from what I am doing. When I train, it is all about what I am doing.
LOOK, I am there to train, not be Mr. Politically Correct or think/worry about intimidating the newbee’s. It’s not my problem or concern. I am very respectful. You wanna train… Then Train, Show me you can train… Show me you earned the right to be there. NO… Paying gym dues doesn’t mean you earned it. Don’t just sit there with the puzzled look on your face. Don’t sit on that machine playing on your phone when you should be focused on the task at hand. Responding to messages during a training session is poor discipline. That is why I am going where I am going and that person has yet to begin motion.