Background: 33 yrs. old. Post high school I was a 315 pound fatass. 4 years ago when I found T-mag I was a 280 pound fatass. Now I'm 197 and a wrestling coach/teacher in an extremely poor school where many kids don't see a future and I work like hell to try and show them one. Oh, and I have some undiagnosed joint issue that acts like rheumatoid arthritis.
- The football coaches/athletic director has so little respect for us that during football period they have the team work out in our wrestling room on our mat. IN THEIR STREET SHOES. Never mind that this is quickly tearing a 12,000 dollar district resource. Never mind that this causes MY athletes to get SKIN DISEASES like staph, ringworm, and a skin form of HERPES (which is incurable, by the way). Never mind that we have to spend 20 minutes of our practice time cleaning it every day since they won't.
Oh, and did I mention that our "head wrestling coach" (in quotes because he has never wrestled in his life - I run the practices) is also a football coach, knows better, and does it anyway? grrr...
Oh, and did I mention that one of the football players puked in the corner of my wrestling room yesterday? I'll give you three guesses and the first two don't count: Which team had to clean up the aforementioned puke, the football team or the wrestling team?
It's pretty hard to recruit and build champions when they're so disrespected they have to clean other team's vomit, don't you think?
- While I am happy to be in the best shape of my life, I am so damn tired of being weak. I can coach my kids to add 200 pounds to their bench in a year, and yet I'm stuck with a max of 135 total.
Unfortunately, it seems to be true that you can't add muscle/strength while dieting, and I've basically been dieting (or maintaining) for 3 years now. Thank God I only have 8 pounds to go and I can start a strength cycle. I know some of my weakness is due to some joint issues BUT STILL.....
Thanks for reading. I'll be better tomorow, and things could always be worse. I'd like to think that without me these kids might not have the opportunity to be better athletes since the other coaches don't care, and I'd like to think that once I start a strength cycle I can add some decent mass. But I'm tired of feeling like I'm being fucked by genetics and "the man."