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The Five Biggest Contradictions in Fitness

It’s no secret that when people contradict themselves, it has the effect of making the flaws in their actions or statements seem glaringly obvious. But what about when WE ourselves get caught contradicting ourselves by someone else?

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    Out of place

    Today I went to the gym with my friend. He's been going there for a little over a year an i need to get bigger so I went today to start. I have never felt so out of place. We were about halfway done and some other guys come in and notice me as the new kid and I'm not big at all. I felt like walking out cause of them staring at me and making gestures behind my back that I saw through the mirrors. I left with a sour taste in my mouth when we finished.
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    Fuel for the fire man. Eat big, lift big, get big. Don't worry about the jackasses behind your back. There's guys like that everywhere.

    I've always been apprehensive when I first go to a gym... especially if I've been out of it for awhile. It's pretty natural, so don't let that get you down. Just commit to going, take some before pics, record the weights you're using now, and in 6 months you'll be amazed what you've accomplished.

    Best of luck man.
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    Like kmagnus said, lift big on a good routine, eat big, and stick with it for a year. When you walk in bigger and stronger than them, they won't even look you in the eye.

    But if you are on a messed up routine or you aren't eating right...all bets are off
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    You can always buy your own equipment. If you cruise craigslist long enough you can find deals on a bench and barbell. It can be cheaper than a year long gym membership.

    I lift at home with friends. Always good vibes.

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    like they said...lift big and eat bigger. Everyone has to start somewhere I remember when I first went to the gym and I was 140 pounds and could barely bench 135x5. Stick with it and keep track of your progress and it'll make you want to keep at it!
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    I bet those guys making those gestures weren't even that big. Usually the biggest strongest guys in the gym are really nice and friendly. If you give up where does that get you? Read around this site train hard and I bet you can get bigger than those douche bags.
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    I bet those guys making those gestures weren't even that big. Usually the biggest strongest guys in the gym are really nice and friendly.
    This. From my experience the guys who truly know what they're doing appreciate that we all started somewhere and are usually willing to take the time to offer advice.

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    Lift for you, not for anyone else. I feel like that is honestly the only way you will be able to make real gains in the weight room. If YOU want it, then you will see results. Pretend that you own the place even if it is your first time in there.

    The majority of weightlifting and body building is mental game. Don't let others influence how you play yours.
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    I really don't have the room for equipment at my house. And if it keeps bothering me to a point when I want to walk out me and my friend r just going to go when no one else is there. It's not that I just want to get bigger but I'm going to have to get as big as I can by spring because I race stock cars and the divison I'm moving up to is one of the most violent and they don't like newcomers. They don't care how old you are or if u even start anything.... You are bound to get into a fight eventually. My dad is wanting me to be able to handle any one of those guys and none of them are below 170-180. I'm going to be 17 shortly and I'm only about 120.

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    If you are intimidated by some "pumpers and toners" at a local gym... you are going to pee yourself when you get to a truely rough environment.
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    It's not that i'm intimidated it's that is pisses me off that they got to be jackasses about it.

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    If you are avoiding them, then they intimidate you. Deal with it.
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    You want intimidation try having to squat your first time on a monolift with Tim Harold haha.

    Seriously most of the time when you are training you really don't pay attention to other people that much. If some people are being dicks just show them up by being consistent and not backing down.

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    If you're worried about it because of a fight you might get in, you're in the wrong gym. Go take some Judo or Jiu-Jitsu and you'll be head and shoulders above where you'd be after 10 years of lifting. Being strong isn't the end all be all in a fight. I've gotten my butt handed to me by guys I outweigh by 50+ lbs and could bench 2x as much as... because they were good fighters and I was just a strong guy who 'thought' he could fight.
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