I felt the need for a little rant that others would sympathize with, and this is obviously the place to go.
I am currently on vacation visiting some extended family. They always knew I was interested in weightlifting but in the past few months I've decided to refocus even more and do my best to become a legitimate lifter. Now with this being said in all of your eyes I am by no means a STRONG person, I have ok stats, but you should listen to these people reaction!
I've had 3 or 4 separate "interventions" in the span of 3 days
I've been told that I will annihilate my small intestine and box my kidneys because I have too much protein (ie I eat about 4300 calories a day with a carb/protein intensive diet and about 1.5 to 2 grams of protein per kilo- 80)
I've been told Weight gainers are the death and poison.
I've been told that my physical shape is only possible because I'm 20 and I "will see" when I age.
I've been asked "Why would you do this to yourself????"
I've been told that it is bad for my heart and should just do cardio.
I've been told that circuit training with low weight (15 lbs) for an hour and a half is healthier than heavy weight lifting.
I've been told it will be impossible to cut down my food intake when I get old (didn't even bother explaining the theory of a Cut at this point).
Among other things, spoken with a raised eyebrow and a condescending air.
If I were to show up saying I run 4 times a week people would just "say way to go!" and drop it. But when someone weight trains intensely, he must be SAVED.
I told people I'd have created less controversy had I shown up with a crack addiction.
On the plus side when I told them I squat 335, dead 420 and bench 230 one person said. "Oh! Are you going to compete at the Olympics???" Hahaha.