It was just another leg day in the dusty gym. I was walking around in-between heavy leg press sets when a fellow muscle warrior entered the scene. He had the gestures of a horny conqueror. The guy was built like a wooden horse and dressed as one of those fashionable muscle mannequins. He had branded colorful sneakers and a muscle shirt with long sleeves that instantly makes you look 2 times bigger. His overdone pyramid haircut was soul exposing: that man spends so much time in front of the mirror that even the mirror itself gets tired of reflecting the narcissistic face of this self-centered bastard.
To my surprise Mr. FancyGymClothes decided to do something oldschool – barbell squats. He launched a song on his iFFFone, cracked his neck and began warming-up with just the bar. He was definitely trying to get in the zone with the help of strong daydreaming demons channeling through the music hitting his ears. I guess he was one of those people who treat their training like a life or death boxing match.
After a few sets the barbell got up to the remarkable 50 kg / 110 lbs. This is when the amazing happened. He put on a cushion pad to prevent the bar from digging into his neck. 3-5 minutes later there were about 70 kg on the bar. At this point Mr. FancyGymClothes decided to add his second set of armor – a thick weightlifting belt. This was a sign that things were about to get serious.
The barbell did not upgrade beyond 70 kg / 154 lbs throughout the duration of the whole workout. The experience got even more otherworldly when I saw that the squats were not really squats. Mr. FancyGymClothes was quarter squatting while checking out his sunken cheeks in the mirror as frequently as possible.
My reaction was: ”Damn. This guy should probably use a squat suit too. He may obliterate his tail otherwise.”
Thereupon another member of the gym got in, placed his 10-inch sperm color phablet on a bench and started doing joint rotations. The two men were apparently buddies and initiated a ”brah” chat.
The profound conversation went like this:
”Yes. I am pumping some heavy duty squats.”
”Be careful, man. 70 kilos is a lot when you have a bad knee.”
”Yeah, man. Tell me about it. It’s been five years since the surgery, but it’s still giving me some pain.”
”You went to the disco last night?”
”Yeah, it was awesome. The music was on point and there were lots of skirts if you know what I mean.”
”Word. Do you need a spot, man?”
This is when Mr. FancyGymClothes got close to the bar and did a short but intense psyching routine. It looked like he was getting ready to fight a hungry bear.
He got under the bar and unracked it with vengeance. Ironically, the weight was so light for his size that it jumped a little. Then, he proceeded with his insect style quarter squats. The other brah was right behind him, making sure that his buddy does not break in half from the epic 70% BW partial squats. The symbiosis between the two brahs was perfection. They were operating like a well tuned bio-machine. After the set was done Mr. FancyGymClothes sat on the incline bench and said:
”Squats, man. Heavy squats! This is where it’s at!!!!!”
This made me think of the times when I was doing relatively heavy squats while much bigger brahs were looking at me like I was about to dig a hole in the ground with my forehead.
One time I was performing 10×3 squats with 100 kg / 220 lbs when I was approached by a Snoop Dogg shaped brah who told me: ”Are you lifting that? You are going to break.” I didn’t break, and the funny thing was that the weight was not even that heavy as most permabulkers will gladly tell you.
Question is, why are people so afraid to lift heavy weights?
The main reason is, of course, that heavy weights come with more pain, especially when you are not used to doing low repetitions. Lifting heavy is a synonym for hard while light equals easy mode. Since easier things are more popular than hard things, everybody finds an excuse not to lift heavy weights. I partially understand that. There is no need to kill yourself just to prove a point. You can get stronger by lifting lighter barbells and doing more repetitions per set if you follow an effective strength method. However, pump training without any kind of progression is way more fashionable in most gyms.
Besides this generic explanation there is another element that is more important. It’s the false perception of heavy and difficult. Quite often we are convinced that something is harder than it actually is. Due to the incredible amount of disinformation and ear pleasing that’s provided by media based organisms, people have become misguided humanoids drowning in a sea of mediocrity and chore created by the elite.
When you don’t know the reality of things, weights that are not really heavy may seem like a building.
Maybe you’ve seen one of those famous cocksuckers, also known as actors, deadlift 100 kilograms, and you now think that’s real heavy. Similar examples create a mental barrier that may or may not be based on real facts.
Mr. FancyGymClothes was obviously brainwashed to believe that heavy squats make your knees explode. That’s why he was sticking to a weight below his actual ability. His mind was convinced that bad things happen if there are more iron biscuits on the bar.
As you can probably guess, I blame the whole system for the global estrogen overdose. Regular people are constantly oppressed and forced to look down. You are never allowed to stand up tall. If you try, the system will hit you where it hurts the most. This is why we have become obedient creatures who use the controlled newspapers, magazines and TV channels to form a false version of reality. Independent sources are very rare and completely nonexistent in the mainstream media realm.
”If the newspaper says it can’t be done, it can’t be done,” think most people.
All of this has led to generations of humans who live according to concepts formed by somebody else. Our definition for crucial things in life has been given to us for the most part. Things like beauty, good music, style and even love are defined not by the individual but the system.
One of the most altered ideas is success. In this world success is measured with money. The more money you have, the more successful you are according to modern standards. It does not matter that your music is complete garbage as long as it’s selling more copies, right?
At the end, the concept of heavy goes both ways – some people are convinced that 70 kg squats are heavy, while others have been brainwashed by steroid freaks and believe that 250 kg squats are just around the corner with the right programming and nutritional plan. In the first situation we have grown men over 80 kg bodyweight using the cushion pad for 50 kg squats, while at the other extreme there are fatsos jeopardizing their spine health just to satisfy the sick ambitions of a mentally ill fitness guru and his steroid based idea of what strong is. Both sides describe individuals who have been taken.