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Someone is Always Watching

Updated: Oct 27, 2020

How do you conduct yourself at the gym?

At Lift Lab we have a pretty big Weightlifting team. We have a decent amount of stud athletes, but more importantly, we get a lot of first timers who have never tried the sport. This is a big deal because we have the opportunity to continue to develop athletes in the sport we love.

When we get new people in the door it is very important that we hold ourselves to a standard of excellence. This means that we hold our more experienced lifters accountable to how they act. There is a reason everyone on the team is friendly and most make a conscious attempt to introduce themselves to anyone new to make them feel more comfortable in the novel setting. We try to produce a very "team-like" atmosphere and set a good example for new lifters.

This brings me to my main point of the post. I think most people have this idea in their heads that they aren't good enough for people to take notice of them. I'm hear to tell you that is not true. Everyone has different perceptions of what is good and people notice behavior that stands out--good or bad. For some, a 100kg snatch is the coolest thing ever. Athletes more advanced in their career may look towards a 150kg snatch to motivate them. Which athlete you are doesn't matter. Just know that someone else is alway watching you. You are always an example to someone.

I've seen people throw shit after a missed lift in training. You would've thought they were 8 years old and their parents never gave them anything. I've seen very advanced lifters take time out of their training session to help someone brand new to the sport. I've seen intermediate lifters not say a word during a training session, but just keep their head down and get to work. A year later they are putting up huge numbers. I've seen advanced lifters not be able to shut their mouths all training session and not get a lick done.

Whether you are putting up a sub par total right now or you are competing for a podium spot at Nationals, your behavior matters. Someone is always watching. People are always taking notice. How you conduct yourself matters. Don't be that person that ruins the sport for someone who was never able to get their career off the ground in the first place.

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