Ok. I gotta post this. The other night 24 hr fitness was having this awesome sale on supplements. I ended up with about 9 lbs of MuscleMilk for 30 bucks. This isn’t the good part of the story though. So while we were are at the register, one of the trainers starts trying to get us to join.
We mention that we are interested in a more powerlifting friendly gym. He asks us an example of a thing 24 hr doesn’t have. We say chalk. He goes “Chalk…like chalk…chalk for what? What does chalk do?” I told him it improves grip on benching, squatting, and deadlifting.
He says “You don’t need chalk for that stuff.” My buddy Chris chimes in “It is hard to hold onto a 600 lb deadlift without chalk.”
Ok…pause story… here is where it gets gooood. I promise you will be laughing like crazy in 10 seconds…
The trainer looks perplexed at this point… “You don’t need chalk to deadlift 600 lbs. I’ve done that WITHOUT a back brace and without chalk. Shit I’ve done that much. I’ve done near 700 lbs- you need is proper form.”
Now I’m a powerlifer in the APF who has pulled 660 pounds.
I am about 250 and although I don’t look HOUUUUUGE, I’m not a 175 lb 24 hr fitness trainer. Ok… So in my mind right now there are so many alarms going off, so many frustrations, so much hate, that I don’t know what to say. I go “Thats one hell of a deadlift. You should join the WPO.” The trainer then has me describe to him what exactly the WPO is.
“I’m not interested in the powerlifting stuff. Not for me.” Keep in mind that I haven’t mentioned “THE BACK BRACE,” the fact that he looks like shit, or any of the other countless things to say. I asked him if he pulled it conventional or sumo. He looks confused for a second and replies “Stiff leg.”
Now I’m a religious man, so I didn’t want to curse him on the spot and accuse him of being some evil stiff leg witch, but at this point, I’m tryign to hold down the bile to keep from throwing up. One of the chicks at the front desk is snickering as the trainer walks away. My buddy goes “Does everyone around here lie that much?” The girl who is obviously smarter than the trainer replies “Only the trainers. Thats why I work at the desk.”
I would have loved to ask this guy to stand in front of my APF Texas State Meet and proclaim to all witnessing the meet that he could pull almost 700 lbs stiff legged. Shit I woulda bought him a plane ticket, and had a limo take him to the meet hotel. After I got my Muscle Milk and ran home, I sat in the shower for 4 hrs trying to clean myself.
Only after my next DE squat workout did I actually feeled clean enough to once again show my face in public.
Imagine what he woulda said if my friend had said 800 lb deadlift, 1000 lb deadlift. Shit he might give Andy Bolton a run for his money. HAhahahahaha