See, back in the late 80’s early 90’s we would all get to the gym, stretch a little bit, do some body squats or move an empty bar around and then we started lifting. BAM! That’s it, LIFT!!!
Now move to today, I see all these kids coming in talking about mobility, hip flexors, muscles not engaging, glutes not igniting etc. REALLY? Oh my god, how about just lifting the weights? Then they will go into the stretching room and use the foam roller, the knobby roller, the small ball, the big ball, the muscle kneader, the toe band, the rubber band, (you get my point) and then stay in there doing that stuff for 45 minutes. They tell me they are working out all the kinks and opening up their hips etc.
After that’s all done they move to the weights and spend like maybe 30 minutes doing deadlifts or squats and go home after that because something wasn’t firing right. WTH is that?? Maybe you were just weak this day!! I see this over and over. One day I asked this kid about it and why he was leaving after just getting there. He told me “well my coach said if it doesn’t feel right I should stop.” Coach – another issue.
Wow! You mean your coach that’s not here with you? I asked another guy who was doing extremely well on deadlifts why he doesn’t add more weight to the bar. He told me that his coach said he can’t right now. Again, you mean the coach that you pay $300.00 a month over the internet said you’re not allowed to add weight to the bar? He then says well yes, when my coach says I can, I will add more weight then. How about thinking for yourself?
I do understand following a program and being coached, but this is supposed to be fun and if you’re not allowed to think for yourself and make some of your own decisions while you're lifting, then it’s not fun anymore. Come on people, have fun doing this and stop worrying about if your left ankle or right butt cheek is igniting properly. JUST SHUT UP AND LIFT!!
Also, while I am at it, when you're posting something on Instagram or Facebook, can you do it just one time, one time I ask, without talking about something being strained or pulled?? You know what I am talking about. “I pulled 530lbs today for 2 reps, not bad being that my left hamstring is strained.” (Maybe you didn’t use the butt roller correctly).
Well that’s all for now, until next time.
Big D – www.OldSkoolIron.com