[quote]The Mighty Stu wrote:
I never really got involved in the older versions of this thread,… not really for any important reason, but probably because it just seemed to have tons of replies and never really struck me as anything require input on my behalf. Still, reading over this,… the whole concept of encouraging each other, the idea of mentoring newer trainers,… well, that’s something I’ll admit to feeling very strongly about.
When I was in college, my older friend Scott took me under his wing and dragged me to the campus gym 7 days a week. Scott may not have been Thibaudeau, but he had a good handle on the basics, and to my 20 year old, 150 lb frame, he seemed huge (about 220 at 5’11). While I eventually learned a lot about nutrition, and what worked for me, I would not have gotten started without Scott. I should also note that because everyone on campus knew Scott (Worked as a bouncer at a very popular bar, was our frat’s social chair, top goalie in the local hockey league), people associated me with him, and apparently I was deemed “okay” when I started coming to the gym without Scott. Bigger guys on the football and wrestling team were always very cool and informative answering my questions, no matter how silly they may have sounded to experienced gym rats. Years later, I started finding myself in the situation where younger, and newer trainees would routinely approach me with questions. While not always at the most opportune moments, I do try to keep myself collected, and do my best to give them the best, most honest and straightforward answers that I can. Sure, sometimes some idiot kid will start asking me questions while I’ve got a few hundred lbs at arms’ length over my head. I ignore him until my set is done, and calmly (through gritted teeth usually) explain why what he just did was damn stupid.
Almost 2 years ago, I saw some tall, kinda soft dude attempting deads with some of the worst form I could have imagined. I went over and POLITELY explained that I had suffered a pretty back back injury myself, and that what he was doing looked like what I had done (not entirely true, but always a better way to say someone’s doing something totally wrong). Long story short, Corey is now my best training partner, and in the time since that day, we’ve bulked him to about 225lbs, then cut down to 190lbs (tightest his abs have ever been), slowly back up to about 215, and hoping to bring him down again for a show in the Spring. Despite the fact that he’s only been seriously training for a couple of years, he’s without a doubt one of the smartest, most committed trainers I have ever met. Giving him a bit of advice, and some encouragement has served us both quite well.
You’re a good man Stu. Though I rarely post anywhere but SAMA it is because of the few like you that I am constantly coming in here and in T-Cell. It’s surprising how much you can learn by just reading and applying.