I feel the same way. I train at a pretty hardcore gym, and there’s always a lot of big guys in there, lifting real big weights. However, one thing I’ve noticed, is a lot of them suffer from what would be sort of a “professional bodybuilder syndrome”, I.E.- A lot of them don’t know jack shit about training.
I’m not sure how old you are, but I’m pretty young (21 on Feb. 8th). A lot of the guys in there have been training for years and years longer than me. Also, a lot of them are, IMO, using drugs. Which, I have no problem with at all and may eventually do myself, but I think we all agree on this board, far too many people use them who don’t have a right to. I don’t have a right to myself at the moment, as I’m not to my full potential yet, so I don’t.
Anyway, I train real hard, as I’m sure everyone on this board does (We are T-Men and T-Vixens after all…No place to be a wuss.) I use lighter weights than a lot of these guys do, but keep in mind your form also has a lot to do with that. As Ian King said, load is overrated.
One of my weakest bodyparts is my lower back, which I’m trying to correct. After years of neglecting it, coupled with the fact that I’m an independent professional wrestler and have fucked my back up bad enough for everyone on this board already, lol, I have a really weak lower back. Yesterday, I was training my lower back/glutes/hams, and jumped on the reverse hyper after some semi-stiff legged deadlifts. I was only using 20 lbs on the thing, on a 3-1-1 tempo, and it was honestly too much. I switched to ten lbs and did my sets. I was somewhat embarrassed to be honest. After I got through with those sets, it was hard to even walk out of the gym my back was so tapped, from only ten lbs, but in the strictest of form. Then I felt better. I watched this HUGE guy, who, incidentally, was drinking a DIET COKE while training (so much for a good anticatabolic shake for him), and who’s name had been on the sign in sheet for over TWO AND A HALF HOURS, throw 140 lbs on this machine, and do something resembling a mix between a mechanical bull ride and what you would find in ‘The Kama Sutra- The Advanced Guide’. I was mortified. Afterwards, he got off, and sat there laughing and talking with his friends for about another 15 minutes before moving along to another “exercise”. The sad part is, my gym is full of huge guys who all train that same way.
The point is, don’t look to these guys and feel bad because they’re bigger or moving more weights than you are. Most have no idea what real, hardcore training/nutrition is about. Feel good that you do. Feel good that your workouts, while lower in weights, are so strict, so smart and so intense. They’re people who have taken the easy way out, grabbed the latest Flex workout and use the shittiest of form coupled with large amounts of drugs and bad nutrition to “look huge”. T-People are people who train in the brutalest of ways, and train not only to look great, but to find their true limits, to see how much you can really take, to push yourself to the utmost limits, and then blast through them into something way past the “pain zone”. Training isn’t just to look good and lift a heavier weight. It’s a jouney of self exploration to see how hardcore you truly are. To paraphrase Brad Pitt in ‘Fight Club’, “How much can you really know about yourself if you’ve never trained T-Man style?”