Alright, I’ll throw in the towel… I was being a dick… Sorry OP
OP: My only assumption is that you aren’t at a great level of development or else “fat, lecherous security guards” would not be making fun of you… let alone to your face…
Even if you were big, most people who do not work out could care less and do not want to hear about that shit… either due to a genuine lack of interest or b/c most people don’t like the smell of their own shit (in this case, being constantly bombarded with your interest in fitness and desire to improve your own physical condition when they themselves are in horrible condition and probably couldn’t give a fuck less about improving their own situation - long story short, you’re just making them feel bad)
Since you are probably pretty small, people are not necessarily wrong to judge you, call you out, etc. (esp. if you are posting Rippetoe stuff on FB which goes against what the casual gym goer will be used to)… think about it - would you take advice from somebody who didn’t look the part?
I stand by my advice - continue to work out privately and keep any fitness related thoughts to yourself (or like-minded people) and, if you are truly dedicated, soon you will look the part and people will not harass you, question your methods, and may even come up to you for advice so that you can rattle off on them…
Never said I wasn’t a dick… my main point being that OP is clearly new to this and exhibiting some of the more negative side effects of that (seriously… posting Rippetoe nonsense on Facebook?)
He’d probably be better off if he just worked out in private, not exposing himself to the douchbaggery that most people are capable of, and then someday (far off in the future, maybe not so far off if he is as serious as he probably would like to think he is) he might realize what an idiot he is being…
I am jumping to a bunch of conclusions, but reading between the lines - I am pretty confident in my assessment here
Edit: and LOL at bitching about people judging him and then proceeding to judge everybody… OP reeks of unwarranted self-assuredness and jealousy…
If I saw somebody who was “not in particularly good shape” working out publicly with sleds and prowlers, I’d probably make fun of them too…
Edit: Oh, and chances are you fell for a whole lot of internet warrior bullshit, are preaching excessively about your newfound “fitness” lifestyle, are doing this incorrectly, and your friends who are probably in better shape than you are just calling you out your bullshit… leave your ego at the door… you aren’t better than everybody else.[/quote]
you’d make fun of someone for trying to better themselves?
What a guy you are.
On a practical level you may be right. I mean what is bitching about it going to change. But that doesn’t change the fact that your demeaning tone is kind of rude.
How is he judging everyone? His post is simply a relay of what he’s observing. Sounds like you’re the one with “unwarranted self-assuredness.”[/quote]
Okay, I’ll bite. No apology was needed, all you’ve got to go on is what you see here and past experience. No harm for calling it as you see it.
In terms of background on me. I’m not small. It was no accident that I used the term physique rather and not very fit as physique seems to be applied more to how cut someone is rather than how fit on these boards. Probably a better choice of words out there.
In the past three years, I’ve gone from 240 pounds and overweight, to 185 pounds and skinny fat, back to 210 and much stronger but pretty tubby. I’m not small, but I’m under no delusion that I’m impressive to look at either. Hence the prowler work. I need, for my own health if anything else, to get rid of some fat.
So yeah, maybe I’m baiting this by working out at work. But I’m not going to stop. So I’ll have to deal with it. Venting here is part of dealing with it. My prowler work typically consists of going out around 40 yards and back several times. There’s no place around my house to do that. Plus there are a few guys who workout with me and as I said, I get paid for it. Everyone is given an hour, on the clock, to workout as they see fit.
As far as Rippetoe on facebook goes, is that really different from having to see all my other facebook “friends” political views, quotes from the latest Lady Gaga song, or other annoying things I choose to ignore from everyone else?
My attitude, can’t say. I know I’ve never had a deep conversation on the subject (or any conversation for that matter) with either the jogger or the fellow who thinks my heart and teeth are at risk. I know both of them casually, they work in different parts of the campus and were only passing by the area I workout in.
But hey, maybe I don’t know that I’m preaching. Can’t think of one time where I’ve brought it up to anyone other than the people who workout with me or who are committed to lifting in general. And those are typically conversations between two people discussing a common interest. Maybe people who overhear these conversations are annoyed by them.
I’m not going to stop having those conversations, nor am I going to give up pushing a prowler or waste time and money finding a gym that has one, just because of this. I’m not going to hide what I have done, or what I am doing.
Me writing that will probably be seen as proof of your argument all along. But that’s here, on a site dedicated to training, lifting and the lifestyle and not in the middle of work, the Wal-mart on the corner, or anywhere else where I might have a captive audience.