So ya i saw the old thread Prof X linked, re the essay on what T-Nation
is /was /will be, and it got me to thinking on what T-Nation did or is doing for me.
Below is my view on T-Nation, please attempt some good reply, would be nice to see some serious views on what you have gotton out of this site.
So ya to me, suppose if i didn’t see T-Nation on a random search i’d still be lifting with my mates doing 3 sets of 10 for random weights on random days, and still have gained nothing.
SO suppose, thats the 1st benefit, it opened my eyes to the big bad world of muscle building.
Second benefit, would be nutrition this came ALOT slower than learning the training scene but thanks to simply laid out stuff i was able to lean out without even dieting ^^
So thats the 2nd one.
Third and what i consider the main one, is that it gives a sense of community. No one i hang around with takes weightlifting seriously, its a “im bored lets go to the gym” kind of attitude with them, even now my mates im living with dont work out, and throw random sarcastic comments whenever i come in from the gym or they see me downing a shake.
Without this place, i believe i would have probabaly caved to what Shugart calls “toxic people” as i would not have known WHY they were doing what they were. Now i take their comments in my stride, and think
to myself “ya but when i look in the mirror i LIKE what i see”
Truth be told, T-Nation has given me a bit of an ego boost, something i KNOW 60-80% of the population WONT go weightlifting 5 days a week, WONT cook LOADS of meals and plan ahead and just WONT commit to it as a lifestyle. And that makes me feel fucking GREAT, knowing im doing something others cant or wont do.
Lastly T-Nation makes me think, of all people TC seems to resonate ALOT of what i think. If anything, he opened a door for me to peep through at this lifestyle, offered me programs, nutrition, people who DONT want to be average joe soap etc etc etc. Charles Poliquin says that you are the sum of the 5 people you spend the most time with, well i think T-Nation makes about 2/5 people in my current makeup.
And i couldnt really ask for a better 2, i have met some great people on this site, hired who i think is an unreal trainer, and anything i need answered or any advice i need on topics that in real life i just couldn’t talk about, T-Nation has been there.
Thats what i believe T-Nation is for me a 2nd home. Some people seem to abuse the free gift, but others i see day after day tirelessly helping complete beginners, offering FREE advice and FREE help. Think about your local gym think your going to find the calibre of people down there like some vets on here, i doubt it… to those people i have an undying admiration for and to many i have expressed my thanks, something there seems to be a lack of.
So in closing, on this ramble through the thoughts in my head, i wish to thank all that T-Nation encompasses, from the very top to the very bottom. This is one hell of a place, and they very least i can do is buy some unreal products from ye.
Thats my view, anyone wish to state theirs ?