I'm not totally sure why I felt the need to post this, but I wanted to share an experience that I had yesterday.
I have been training for a while and 'tho I'm by no means a monster, I am certainly above average compared to many in my gym.
Usually when I work out I simply crank the tunes and zone out everything except the weight on the bar. For whatever reason yesterday, I was resting between sets and started scanning around the gym.
I notice some skinny young kid doing half-rep bench presses with 115 on the bar and catch myself sneering my nose and mentally dissing this kid as being weak, skinny, not having a fucking clue etc....
Then it hit me....
Who the fuck am I to look down my nose at this kid? He was probably about 18 or 19, which is the same age that I started. I also reminded myself that I start off only benching 95 lbs. I'm sure I looked just as weak, skinny and clueless when I began, so why am I looking down on some kid who is now where I once was?
I think putting in your time, being consistent and getting results allows us to occasionally poke fun in a good natured way (I love the squat-rack curls thread). I just don't want to catch myself forgetting where I started and looking down on someone new, just for being new.
Someone who's been training for years and is still skinny, weak and clueless, well they're fair game!