The Quiet Deadlift.
Going back a decade or two in any town, anywhere, in average commercial gyms, you would see a pretty wide gap in terms of the cross-section of populace and demographics in that community.
This is well before the advent of instagram filters.
Does checking your messages still count in total rest periods? 😀
There have always been the typical “gym rats,” bodybuilders and powerlifters, the middle aged former football star that is trying to regain some assemblance of his younger self, the new mom, or dad that are trying to get back into shape, the retiree that wants to make his or her golden years “golden” by getting into the absolute best shape of their lives so they can play with their grandchildren and maybe, just maybe see them get married, and find themselves great-grandparents.
The retirees, “Silver Sneakers.”
The young man that would love to become the hero, the young lady that wants to become beautiful like the stars on T.V.
This will always be, as it should be.
True classic notions always outlive trends.
As a lifelong natural trainee, I have seen the progression of what is/was considered intensive training.
What is hard and true work and results.
What is earned through discipline and time.
I’ve also become extremely attuned to what is a “sales pitch,” “scam,” and dishonest approaches and marketing.
Social media has upped the stakes exponentially.
Anyone can be anything.
I recently saw a guy that has made me realize we are living in times of absolute melt-down insanity (a self-proclaimed guru/personal trainer :D)
Reluctantly noticing this “gem” by the circles we are in common with, it seems as though he never has a bad day. lol
Never a failure, only success.
He claims six figure income, multitudes of online clients, seeing 35-40 per day (that math just doesn’t work) all the while being a retired anti-terrorism/anti-drug enforcement expert, most likely has or will produce the cure for cancer etc, probably will also develop a cure for the common cold in his spare time.
Probably finally develop the perpetual motion machine any day now.
I wish I had a fraction of this clown’s chutzpah.
Those that have spent any real time in this lifestyle/industry know that you will get sick, you will get injuries, you will have dark periods where all you can hope for is to get by.
This is the real world that most of us live in.
Self-esteem is a very funny thing.
All I have is this blog and the people I am blessed to reach day to day to relay my experiences and when it is all said and done, I can only hope to help one person in some way, or touch someone, inspire someone.
Even if I wasn’t paid for what I do, I’d still do it.
My passion for what I do is reward enough.
In the real world that the majority of us live in, we all have the occasional bad day.
Sometimes it’s a series of bad days.
Oftentimes, you are not told how wonderful you are, but told how you need to step it up or improve.
It may be the truth, it may be someone with their own agenda.
Social media has some great benefits, such as eliminating the need for a high school reunion every five years, but it also has a dark side, a very dishonest side.
What you see isn’t always necessarily what you get.
It’s amazing how clear truth is in a very muddy sea of filtered exaggeration and distortion.
When you see it, it really stands out.
Back on the subject of deadlifts, my approach for quite some time has been to make this exercise as “quiet” as possible.
While being one of the most primal and violent movements in the exercise sphere, there is a certain command and mastery when you simply bend and with a double overhand-grip, eloquently from a dead stop lift the barbell to waist level.
No psyche up.
Just confidence in what you can do each and everyday, regardless of whether you are tired, over-worked, your girlfriend or boyfriend broke up with you, you lost your job, you missed a meal or workout.
No need for a stimulus of hundreds of grams of caffeine, no need for a monthly prescription to regulate your hormones, just honest to goodness real world, earned strength and poise.
On the subject of hormone therapy, before you consider taking this lifelong commitment of injecting yourself with needles, why not first try to see if you can naturally reach your goals in a healthy way.