In his recent article TC Wrote:[quote]
Testosterone readers shall mentor the wretched newbies.
There aren’t many weightlifters left in the world, at least not that many like us. Maybe bodybuilding is seen as wretched excess or maybe it’s seen as just too blatantly egocentric and narcissistic. Maybe the public is so hyperaware of steroids that anyone who shows a little muscle is thought to be a drug user and that perception turned off a whole generation of potential new lifters.
Whatever the reason, we need to mentor those who show the least little interest in our sport. Most of us were scrawny and weak at one time and most of us had someone to mentor us, whether it was a grizzled old gym rat or a particular writer in a bodybuilding magazine.
If we don’t mentor, our numbers will continue to diminish. For every one who squats or deadlifts, there’ll be a thousand Bosu ball trainers. Mentor or get ready to say goodbye to this lifestyle.[/quote]
You also said in a response to California Law in Professor X’s thread that the estimated hardcore lifting population (an unavoidably subjective designation to some degree) has dropped from 12 to 5 million over the last several years. Not being in a position to question those numbers and since you’re a smart guy who’s business it is to know these things I’ll give you your premise. Not begrudgingly BTW.
In light of the preceding I do hereby promise to do my best.
Not that I’m the pinnacle of achievement or knowledge or that I enjoy coddling some of these whining babies, but because the present state of affairs would appear to demand it. Also, the site belongs to you guys and that’s what you very rationally said you want.
I may fail on occasion with my forehead bleeding from beating it on my desk, but I’ll do the best I can. I hope others will do the same.