I thought id share a lesson that i learned about a year ago. Ive learned that strength training is not just physical training, its a test of character. The more you learn the more you should help others with their training. Dont judge a book by its cover.Someday you will be in a position where you need advice from more experienced lifters. This is what happened Andy was a new in the gym or maybe i had never noticed him before. He seemed to have a hard time with other people in the gym. He was awkward, had a stutter and seemed to lack self confidence. People would often push him aside and tell him to train somewhere else because he was in the way. One day i was doing my usual 5x5 workout when Andy gathered courage and asked me a question: "How should i train to become stronger" I tried to avoid him because i was tired of people asking me dumb questions, especially when i was in the middle of a big lift. Trying to hide my frustration i sized him up and said "well what exercises are you doing now?" He answered that he didnt know what they were called but he needed to strengthen his back, upperbody and legs. I showed him some simple excercises like kettlebell swings and reverse hypers with a yoga ball just to get him of my back. Some time progressed and i was surprised that he was still doing the excercises i i had showed him. I walked up to him and asked how he was progressing. He said that the excercises were good and wanted to learn more. I gave him a simple 5x5 program and helped him with his squat, deadlift and benchform. After about a year he was still doing the 5x5 program and his strength and self esteem had gone up significantly. For example he could benchpress nearly double his weight. He was happy that i had helped him and he told me that when he talked to me the first time his life was a mess. He had been in a car accident, doctors told him his back would never be completely healed. His parents had moved to a different country and he had no direction in his life. After that I didnt speak to him for some time. But recently i met him and he told me that he was running alot because his dream was to be a worldclass runner. He had trained hard and was a top runner in the country. It didnt surprise me because he had the determination and heart of a winner. Recently he has helped me out with my running which has helped me alot. i have lost weight, improved my GPP and im closer to my competition weight.