I want to get this exactly right. I know most people don’t read Maxim for the words on the pages, neither do I, but this one piece caught my eye, “Screaming at the Gym”. The subtitle reads: “Attention, dudes who can’t lift quietly: We’re seriously considering dropping a 45-pound plate on your beet-red head.”
Summary, in direct quotes:
“It’s been awhile since we pumped iron, so it was somewhat alarming to discover gym rats are still letting out guttural screams on the bench. Don’t get us wrong - we plead guilty to singing along with the Kelly Clarkson remixes in our hip-hop dance class. But we expect more from the angry man-beasts…It sounds like these vein-popping maniacs are undergoing a particularly sadistic colon exam…So until these guys learn to keep their pie holes shut while pushing weight, we’ll stay plugged into our iPod, silently mouthing the words to the club version of ‘Since U Been Gone’.”
I couldn’t believe it when I finished the article. Does the general public really think like this? Or just the bitches writing at Maxim? Even if they do, it’s not going to stop me from pushing myself in the gym. T-Nation has taught me so much, and I am a better person now because I push myself in the gym.
I’m sure we should be terrified of the dudes singing Kelly Clarkson. That threat of dropping a 45lb plate on our heads would be a little more intimidating if I actually thought they could lift that plate high enough to drop it where it could do damage.