the joy of strength training


August 6th, 2010 at 9:56 pm

You know you’re a strength addict when…

Zydrunas Savickas deadlift

You can convert pounds to kilos in your head

Your warm up is everyone else’s max

You love the sound of barbells and weight plates crashing to the floor

You are always covered in chalk dust

People move out of the squat rack when you walk into the gym

You don’t go out on a Friday night because you have to train Saturday morning

You grunt loudly on your last rep

You have massive glutes

Your friends call you ‘beast’

You are unbelievably bored on rest days

You never do more than five reps of anything

Unless it’s twenty-rep squats

You automatically stop what you are doing and shout encouragement when anyone in the gym is going for a big lift

You enjoy showing off your callouses

When you walk past a mirror you drop into a squat, just to check

You get nervous on heavy days

You have constant scrapes on your shins

Other people tell you their max lifts and watch for your reaction

You think football players are skinny, rugby forwards are normal size and strongmen are ‘big’

Other people think you are ‘big’

You care more about your max squat than your max bench

Your starter is everyone else’s main course

You have torn at least one item of clothing while training

Jackets that are allegedly in your size don’t fit you

You see a tyre and want to flip it

‘Sumo’ is a type of deadlift not a Japanese wrestling sport

You are more impressed by a big back than by a big chest

You always want to put more weight on the bar!

Photo credit: Matthew Nourse

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  • 1

    Guilty as charged!

    lelak on August 6th, 2010
  • 2

    The torn clothing one annoying.

    Niel on August 6th, 2010
  • 3

    Only 5 of those don’t apply to me…

    I constantly blow out the backside of my pants when I’m squatting ’cause of my big ass. 😛

    Justin_P on August 7th, 2010
  • 4

    people know not to use the squat rack on certain days at certain times for me!

    those same people also have at least 3 back up plans if they’ve had to shuffle their gym session and it landed at the same time as mine.

    dope540 on August 7th, 2010
  • 5

    Max effort DL day – I am already nervous and keep getting adrenaline rushes. Haven’t even left work yet to hit the gym!

    DaveN on August 10th, 2010
  • 6

    Know what you mean Dave!

    gubernatrix on August 10th, 2010
  • 7

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  • 8

    I tore a pair of running tights while squatting once. Lesson learned: wear baggy bottoms while squatting.

    teesha on November 16th, 2010
  • 9

    Haha, really? I’m the opposite, I tore a pair of jogging bottoms so now I always wear the lycra leggings when squatting! Disturbed to discover they are not immune either…

    gubernatrix on November 16th, 2010
  • 10

    I also love “When you walk past a mirror you drop into a squat, just to check”. I thought I was the only one in the world who did that! Sometimes you have to make sure you’ve still got it!

    And converting kilos to pounds and vice versa has became a survival skill for me, being new to the UK.

    teesha on November 25th, 2010
  • 11

    Awesome. This is my favourite:

    “When you walk past a mirror you drop into a squat, just to check”

    I would have to say that my main one is that I was so obsessed that I made a small strength training clothing company just as a hobby. Cheeky plug for my site: we’re really new, but just trying to do some really original designs, so if you want to check us out, that would be awesome. If not, that’s fair enough too!

    Si on September 19th, 2012
  • 12

    Sounds Crossfitty! Nice designs actually, I like the concept. Good luck with the venture.

    gubernatrix on September 20th, 2012


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