It seems the first question we all get asked here, among others, is ‘what are your goals’
I thought maybe a thread dedicated to that purpose would be a good idea in the beginner’s area.
Essentially, my goals are the same as everybody else. I want to look better, perform better and be healthier.
That’s not terribly specific.
I need to be strong for my job. It’s a sheer joy to be able to easily handle stuff that I struggled with months or years ago.
I want to be competitive in a sport. I can’t think of one that I could join, but I’ve tried various martial arts, kayakking, and I was an enthusiastic, rather than a good, rugby player in my teens.
Ideally, I’d like to play rugby again, but I don’t think they’d take me.
A little history might help.
As a teenager, I’ve been active in sports, showing up to training sessions but somehow never being picked for the team. I was getting fed up with being passed over. I thought joining the military would get me out of Wales. So I started training to be a royal marine. I was probably never actually fit enough- I could easily have passed the PRMC, but the actual training would have been a different matter. In the event I never got the chance.
A string of child psychiatrists assed me, so my parents took me to a clinic in Cambridge (free at the time and dealing with adults, which they no longer do), and I was diagnosed with a form of Autism named asperger’s syndrome. I mention this event because it scotched my chances of joining up. I don’t know if it would have been enough to prevent me, but after teachers, parents and doctors had ‘words’, I sent the marines a letter telling them I wanted to go to university instead.
Six months later, I was a junkie. Ketamine, brown heroin, marijuana, you name it. I quit that a couple of years back. The withdrawal period was not difficult, but the boredom was. I started lifting for something to do. When you’ve been clean for a while, but you’re still struggling financially and in other areas of your life, you start to question your decision. That’s fatal. It could even be literally fatal. I still had the kit I’d bought as a teenager, and I dug it out and started using it.
Now it’s become something more than something to do. Unless I get a good workout in, the whole day goes south. I’ve heard the local gym is a not-for-profit thing where you pay a nominal fee and get to use much better kit than I have, like proper olympic bars and so on.
Unless I’m given a good reason not to, I’m going to head over there soon and see if I can join.
But the ‘goals’ are still not concrete.
OK, your turn.