AND OLDIE, BUT A GOODIE:
I have been lifting weights on and off since I was 12 years old. I will never forget the day my Mom and Dad purchased my first weightlifting set from Sears. I hurriedly opened the box containing the 110pounds of plastic covered cement and the iron barbell with the plastic sleeves in which the ends came off to use as dumbbells. I was in heaven, it was that day I began pumping plastic. A few years later, I
graduated to a commercial gym and it was there that I discovered the meaning of the phrase, “pumping iron.”
To me there is nothing quite as exhilarating as the smell, the noise and the energy of a true weightlifting gym. The clanging and banging of the iron, the grunts and groans as men and women try to blast out those last few muscle building reps really brings me to life and inspires me to push myself just a little harder.
So what has brought me to the title of this column?
Well, I was finishing up the other morning, it was chest and back day and I was doing my last of 36 sets, super-setting decline flyes with dead-lifts. I only had about 225 on the bar, but as we all know the dead-lift is a brutal exercise, more so when done last and even more so when done as part of a superset. Well I was bringing iron down to the floor with some good old fashion banging. The sound of the weights against the floor ramped my adrenaline causing a release of energy to explode me upright. At the top position my dead stop caused the weights to shake and there was the clanging. Piston like, I was moving up and down. After my last set I re-racked the weight. I was soaked in sweat and my grip was almost completely shot — the bar slipped and the weights came crashing down onto the rack.
I stood up tall, full of self-pride because I just completed three more reps than I did last workout. Then it happened — the person next to me muttered under their breath, “Jesus Christ.”
I paused, unable to believe what I just heard. I thought to myself you have to be kidding. I wanted to shout “THIS IS A GYM!” Of course my parents raised me with manners, so I walked over and apologized. This person did not even acknowledge my apology. So, I edged a little closer and said it a bit louder. Finally, the person reluctantly accepted.
I was so ticked off that to calm down, I did six more sets, three more supersets of machine benches and bent over rows. I noticed the mutterer was talking to someone else and when I was done with my sixth set, the person finally went and did another set. I wanted to yell again, “MAYBE IF YOU WOULD ACTUALLY WORKOUT YOU MIGHT LOOK A LITTLE DIFFERENT THAN YOU DID A YEAR AGO!” But dam my parents raising me to be polite. I just stripped the bar, looked over and said, “good-bye.”
Honestly, is it just me? When I go to workout I am there to workout. I don’t sit around for 10 minutes between sets. I workout very fast and very hard. Sweat drips from my body, so I place a towel down on the benches, I allow people to work in, I always lift under control, I rarely drop a weight, I respect the equipment, I strip every bar and every machine, I replace the weights back to the stacks, I put the dumbbells back in their appropriate place on the rack, I even put them in order if someone else didn’t.
So, am I out of line to workout so hard that iron weights make noise?
Am I incorrect to push a set to failure that on occasion the weight slips?
Is old school clanging and banging dead? Say it ain’t so!
For over three and half years I maintained a 130 pound weight loss, then last year I lost my way and found a relapse in obesity. I am discussing my battle with recidivism.
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