I don’t think it has much to do with your training, it has a lot to do with the stage of life you’re in. All your friends are going to college, getting jobs, getting married, etc. It’s natural progression, you’ll regain contact with your real friends, other people will fall away, and you’ll make new friends along the way.
Just don’t fall into the trap of lifting, working, and flying solo. You need to network, meet people, make new friends, and have a social life. Instead of the bar scene, find something you enjoy doing, and find a place where people gather to do that.
I don’t care if it’s Dungeons and Dragons or mixed martial arts, join an organization where you get out a couple times a week and spend time hanging out and chatting with your peer group. To many people hang out with their 1 friend and girlfriend all the time, and miss out on a lot.
In this society it’s easy to sit in front of the computer and think it’s a social life, but in reality it sucks. Go out and meet people, make an effort to make friends, it pays off in the long run.
A lot of people have a hard time meeting people and making friend post school, which is why I recommend getting out and doing something you have in common with people. I get out and play card games a couple times a week.
I meet all kinds of people I’d never run into at work or at the gym, but we have shared interests, some of them I become friends and hang out with, and occasionally I meet someone that ends up providing me a job lead or other help along those lines.
As far as training getting in the way of your social life, it usually isn’t nearly as big a problem when you do the above since you’re doing whatever hobby you pick up in your free time, as are the people you meet.
You may not meet other lifters, but I find most people are fairly accepting of the fact that I sleep and eat in a healthy manor, and are happy to make the minor changes it takes to accommodate that when hanging out.[/quote]
Haha, you’re making me out to be some anti-social creep, man. I don’t have a problem meeting people or anything like that. I don’t make a conscious effort to go out and meet people because I don’t have the desire for it. The thing I realized is that a lot of teenagers are fake, rude, really weird, lazy, etc. I only know one person who isn’t like that (yet) so i’m fine hanging out with him.
I’m not worried at all about if I have a big social network of friends and shit to do every weekend. I also find it easier to hit on women and get phone numbers when I am by myself.