Yeah, makes me want to get butch as f*ck. I'm working on it.
But seriously, I love the article. I sometimes need to remember the not judging thing myself. It's too easy to fall into the gym factions and forget that we're all there to train, and that's what matters.
It's the day after squat day and my legs hurt.
At least I wasn't too limpy yet this morning. I was teaching and had to be on my feet, and I like to move around while I'm doing my lecture. I am just waiting for the day that I'm hobbling around in class and some student asks me why I'm limping, and I tell him that I did 5 reps with his bodyweight last night. That will definitely make them put their cell phones away when I ask, I think.
I am getting tired of primal fundamentalism. It's making me, well, owly.
Also, in today's list of Things That Piss Off Owly, I am just about ready to practice my kettlebell swings on the next young dude who tries to jump in ahead of me at the squat rack. Dude, I am not hanging around here to check out some guy's ass or look hot while loitering near the squat cages. I am waiting my goddamn turn so I can do my workout. Seriously, this shit never happens when my large male partner is waiting for a rack.
I have decided to stop being so judgmental at the gym, but I do not extend that to 20-ish dudes who think women don't lift and bros who do curls in the squat rack.
On a related note, I know you are trying to be sweet or whatever, guys, but I really don't need you to load the bar for me. If I'm going to squat with 45s on the bar, I'd better be able to actually put them on, no? This does not cause me to get the kettlebell smash urge, but it does definitely trigger the facepalm instinct. I'm assuming this is maybe intended to be flirtation, but I don't really know. The average 20-ish male gymgoer is a complete mystery in his logic.
I'm crackin' up here. Assume that 20something year old males are merely fit for sperm donation, and much becomes clear.
"I puked like a hero for the rest of the night," Anthony Bourdain, 2002. (After spending the day eating ant eggs, bugs, and larvae, and drinking some gelatinous alcoholic stuff.)
The guys who do it aren't the dude-bro types (those dudes often just don't bother unloading the 45s at all, so I have to strip the bar before I can adjust the rack). They're usually about 18 and trying to be all chivalrous or something, I think.
On a related note, is leaving the 45s on the bench press bar some sort of territory marking thing? I don't mean leaving the bar loaded between your sets; I mean leaving the plates on after your workout. I see guys strip everything except the last pair of plates and leave. It feels a bit to me like saying that you'd better be able to bench that or you shouldn't be there, because if you were just thoughtless, you'd leave it loaded. My goal this year is to get to 135. Again, it's one of those things that makes women feel less than welcome in the weight room.