One of my coworkers (who also happens to be a neighbor) saw me finishing up a run last week. I was catching my breath in front of my apartment, walking a bit to cool down, and he waved at me. I waved back, said “Hi” and went about my business.
A few days later at work he came up to me and we got to talking about strength and fitness in general. He had some general supplement questions, and I tried to answer them as best I could. He said that he had taken creatine in the past but that he had gained nothing but water weight and felt bloated. Plus, according to him, “It’ll damage your kidneys”. I asked him about his lifting routine and got a blank stare. He then told me that he had a home gym setup with free weights (good start). I asked him about squats, and he said, rather increduly, “I’ve never squatted in my life.” That explains the chicken legs. This guy went on to tell me about his upcoming “bulking phase”. Seems that he’s going back on the creatine (apparently despite the fact that it’s going to damage his kidneys-ha!). I asked him about caloric intake, lifting protocols, etc. , and this guy was CLUELESS! He didn’t know ANYTHING about macronutrient ratios, he knew nothing about how to eat for size, nor did he plan to do any traditional size-building lifts (heavy squats, deadlifts, etc.)
I would have loved to sit down with this guy for a few hours and get him up to speed on the basics of training and diet, but sadly he wanted no part of what I had to say. I wanted to rip my pants off right there and say “But look man, I HAVE QUADS AND YOU DON’T!” Then again, my boss would have probably frowned on me dropping trou at work.
I’ll keep in touch with this guy and, if he doesn’t drop dead from kidney failure, when he’s done with his “bulking phase” I’ll try again to get him to listen. God, years ago I would have LOVED for someone to make available to me what I could have told him. And when I finally did find someone to teach me, I LISTENED and LEARNED. Frustrating, man.