I have a friend of mine who decided that he wants to start training hard. He would like to try out for the baseball team here at the University. So he begs me to let him train with me… I’m reluctant at first- but decide that it is most honorable to be a good friend and to put him on the path of actually learning what good training is about.
well first off, I hit the gym 2x a day. So I know he wasn’t going to do that. I told him to come for the evening session.
Well, he’s still in his Muscle & Faggotry stage. I never went through that cause my dad always believed in the Big 3, and even when I didn’t lift weights I had done gymnastics.
So he’s asking me why I don’t do isolation exercises. And that he thinks full body workouts are silly. He doesn’t “Feel” it after a workout.
He thinks that we should lift 6 days a week. No days off.
(Side note, I made him ‘feel’ it last wednesday. We did Tabata Thrusters, rest for 1 minute, Tabata Front Squats, Rest 1 minute, tabata weighted burpees, Rest 1 Minute, Tabata Jumping jacks… He puked 8 times (I brought a trash bag hehe) and still was sore till this monday evening… somehow he still doesn’t believe in my training methods…though he used the bar and I used 95#'s)
He complains about pretty much everything. It may be partly because I’m a bit smaller than he is… Even though it’s obvious how much stronger I am. I can double most of his lifts, and can triple his front squat.
He really thinks that muscle and faggotry is the way to go with everything.
I explain to him that the body works as one unit, train it that way.
I explain to him that athletes train movements- not muscles.
I explain to him that you can’t lift heavy all the time- sometimes you need to lift light but with speed.
I explain to him that your posterior chain is where most athletes lack strength and is an area that can always be improved.
I explained to him that you take days off for a reason. Your body needs to rest as hard as it trains. (Especially with 2 a days)
I explained sarcoplasmic hypertrophy for cryin out loud. (IE, taking 5lb dumbbells and doing 1083084982167429.00 X 10^32 curls is just going to make you sore, not buff)
You can get bigger arms through the ‘big’ movements, not neccessarily just curls and kickbacks. (though even they have their place)
I explain to him everything that I can.
He doesn’t want to listen!
In addition to that he apparently doesn’t know that he’s the obnoxious guy I’d like to kill in the gym. The guy that thinks he needs to take a warmup lap around the gym to let everyone know he’s working out. The skinny dude wearing underarmour. He screams and grunts when it’s only a warmup set. When I say “take a break, 1 minute”… he walks off and goes to chit chat with someone from class.
Do I keep training him and put up with the bullshit, just be a good friend. Or do I ditch him???
It’s not really affecting my evening workouts, I use that as a time to kickback a bit easier anyway.
How should I deal with him???