- Bench Pressing and not touching your chest.
- Squatting and not even getting to parallel.
- Not even deadlifting your own bodyweight despite not weighing over 100lbs...
I don't accuse beginners. In fact, I love seeing beginners slowly bloom into the beasts they become. I love my students and seeing them break plateaus week after week is a JOY. I help them avoid these mistakes and try and push them to heights beyond what they thought was possible. I have one student who can't bench the bar yet, but she is working at increasing the range of motion. Each time she benches she brings it closer to her chest. That's fighting, that's progress. THAT's something to be proud of.
Now if you're loading up the bar with 175lbs, doing reps that don't break your elbows past 95 degrees, you need to reexamine what you're doing with your training.
My issue is the people who go into the gym frequently and just do a lot of Bull Shit. Just because you naturally don't look like complete garbage doesn't mean you have a free pass to lift like garbage. It's Everything: Crap Form. Lack of focus. Half Assed Sets. But more importantly...
It's Poor Mindset.
In my eyes, If you train like a coward, then you'll live like a coward. The gym is where we manifest hardships to harden our bodies to the demands of life. It's not a place to conduct your social hour or show off your new Nikes, and it sure as HELL isn't the place to have your awkward social/political debates. Take that crap literally anywhere else. The gym already has a purpose.
I'm not talking about walking around with a grimace on your face, barking and yelling before each of your sets, Mr. serious time. I'm talking about testing yourself and pushing yourself to do things you have not done before. I love having friends in the gym, talking in between sets, but when it's my set, I WORK dammit. If it's there set I will PUSH them. They will be tested, they will fight, and they will come out the other end a different person.
Me and the people I train walk out of the gym each time with a smile on our face. Not because of the funny jokes we said (although jokes are often cracked) but because of the WORK we put in. The personal bests we beat, and scars we've earned.
Until Next Time,
Lift Big, Sing Big, and Look Great Doing It.
The Opera Bro