I’ve had many breaks from training due to motivation drops. The first major episode took place when I got sick of the squat or die mentality installed deep into my brain. However, a few months passed and the accumulation of barbell nostalgia made me want to train again.
Once my front foot was on gym territory, I wanted to go back home right away. My head starting filling with all kinds of excuses to run and never return. The dopey and brainless smile of the manager didn’t help much either. The man was one of those let-me-tell-you-how-the-world-works-while-I-smoke kinda guys. He was also one greedy son of a bitch who wasn’t even lifting.
The light in his eyes turned on when he saw my wallet open. He was the reason I didn’t buy a one month membership and paid for one workout only. I wasn’t sure whether seeing this idiot multiple times a week was healthy.
Anyway, I paid and went to the locker room to put on my battle suit and get ready to rejoin the pointless war against gravity and heavy iron. There was a big surprise waiting for me there.
I opened the door and saw something that can never be unseen. One of those permabulkers who believe they are going to break the naturals limits while completely ignoring the difference between 5% and 50% body fat was there. The guy had some decent muscle on him, but was so fat that it didn’t really matter. By the looks of it the fat pig was flexing and admiring himself in front of the mirror after taking a shower.
The guy did something like a most muscular pose. I wanted to vomit. This was way too much unpleasant flesh for me already. Nevertheless, he didn’t notice my disgust because he was busy making passionate love to his mirror self. The guy was definitely narcisexual, like most people. Then he took his phone and started banging the screen with his fat short fingers.
I guess he was about to boast about his 19-inch “all natural” arms on some stupid training forum. I don’t know why, but even this was not enough to make me go back. The fact that I have already paid had something to do with it.
After a few minutes, I was finally in the gym. There were two morons training legs. Those weaklings were lifting the mind blowing 120 pounds on squats and lunges. One of them was really big and apparently schooling the other guy. Still, they both lifted similar light weights.
I immediately asked myself: “How is it possible to be so big and lift less than barby’s suitcase?”.
Then they proceeded to leg pressing and used something epic like 200 pounds. This was another strike in my book and I knew something fishy was going on. Why so light, bro?
At one point the big guy asked the other pinhead:
“Are you using anything else besides Winstrol?”
“I am currently clean, bro. I haven’t been using for the last few months. What about you?”
“I’ve been taking a couple of things,” said the big dude while tucking his pants in order to flex his massive quads in front of the gym mirror.
This explained to me why this big man was using such light weights despite having enormous legs. He was doping. The ironic part is that he could pass for a true natural in the eyes of most people, especially those living online, without much problem and yet he was taking a “couple of things”.
This lead me to the logical question: “Have steroids completely replaced hard work in the gym?”
Honestly, I don’t think the answer to this question is a simple “yes” or “no”.
Currently, there’s an army of lazy cowards who don’t bother lifting over 150 lbs on any exercise while playing darts with steroid needles using each other’s glutes as targets. Those namby–pamby models could definitely reduce their drug usage through better training and nutrition. Most of them are spending way too much time walking naked in public and sponsoring McDonald’s anyway.
However, it’s also a fact that many steroid users follow horrific nutritional and training plans while still looking a million times better than true naturals, who weigh their food and feel depressed when mommy hides the late night protein shake with slow release function. That’s how powerful doping is.
As I have said many times, if professional bodybuilders had to give up one of the big three (training, nutrition, steroids), they would first say goodbye to training because it affects their muscular development the least.
Of course, they will never admit this to you. Honest discussion is not allowed. Those guys are forced by the system to talk about irrelevant stuff like carb cycling, bench press grips for ultimate chest size development and protein absorption. The lunacy observed in bodybuilding is plenty and shouldn’t surprise us anymore. It was there since the beginning.
To make this discussion complete, I have to admit one observation – I think that taking so much drugs is actually hard work. I am serious. At the end of the day, training is not as complicated as combining toxic muscle elixirs without killing yourself. I have no idea how they do it, but one thing is certain – your insides are defiantly working hard.
Finally, since the topic is about hard work in the gym and not in the pin room, I can only agree that many are getting away with really easy workouts, lame programming and poor form thanks to PEDs. Take the candies away and most of those fitness models the youth idolizes will look like mud.