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When did you realise you will lift for life?

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  1. MAvulture

    MAvulture Purple Belt

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    When my parents were concerned about my lifting (coming from australia, the worlds capital of douchebag bodybuilders and stupid strength training myths), I remember telling them I would stop when I can bench 80 kg, which seemed like a magic number when I weighed 50. I also remember telling myself that I would stop working on strength gains when I can bench 100 kg.

    When I eventually reached that seemingly insignificant goal, I had always pictured some celebration, but instead I didnt even notice. I just added more plates and tried to go further. Once I was finished for the night I remembered that I had once said I would stop trying to get stronger eventually. I smiled to myself and set some higher goals, finally accepting that I will never stop lifting, and will never think to myself "Okay, im strong enough now...".

    So I was wondering, did any of you have some easily achieved goal you were aiming for? Any great inspirational events, or sudden enlightenment that sealed your fate and made you accept that you will never stop, you will never be content with your strength?
     
  2. Cardio King

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    First. YES.
     
  3. VoodooPlata

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    As soon as i noticed that i got stronger from doing it.
     
  4. Jiu Jitsu**

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    well, I never realised i would be interested in lifting, But i did realize i would interested in lifting.;) This was after hearing some stories about arnold. He takes alot of criticism as a political figure, but is an inspiring competitor
     
  5. Normot

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    I never decided to lift forever, I never decided that I would stop either. I know Im going to do my best to be healthy as long as possible, whether that means lifting forever or not, I don't know, but right now it involves lifting.
     
  6. Keith Wassung

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    About two hours after watching a Laverne and Shirley Episode. (not kidding) There was a character on the show who was a boxer named Carmine Ragusa ( The Big Ragu) and this episode showed him training in a gym, doing boxing type shoulder exercises with some dumbells and cables--he had well developed arms and shoulders or at least that is how it appeared to an 8th grader, who weiged about 85lbs soaking wet and was the smallest kid in his junior high school class. Anyway, as soon as the show was over, I left the house in search of weights. Found some three holded bricks and an old bar and also an old heavy duty rusty spring off a combine and I took them down to the basement and begin experimenting with exercises. I had an old radio station calender/planner that my Dad had give me and I wrote down what I did, sets reps, names of the exercises. ( I had one called "Frankensteins, because it was sort of like a standing barbell raise and I would raise the bar up in front of me--arms out in front like Frankenstein. I liked the feeling and I liked the fact that I could lift anytime, did not need to find a friend to play catch with. Did not have a "coach" decideding whether I could play or not. It was all me. I returned two days later and discoverd I could add a brick to each side and still get the same number of "times" ( I mean reps, I called reps "times" back then--sets were known as groups, so my calender would say FRANKENSTEINS 3 groups of 8 times. I was instantly hooked. Just finished a nice workout with my 6 year old son and we are headed inside for a newcastle (for me) an IBC for him , dinner and some foosball

    K
     
  7. Perfect Moo

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    Probably the first week. I discovered this forum at the beginning of the wrestling season, and was destroyed after practices, so I came on here and read articles and everything, and once the wrestling season ended, I started lifting, and now I've gained 40 lbs and added 100 lbs to my squat, and started Oly lifting. I love it.
     
  8. hunto

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    Right after the sentencing phase.
     
  9. Klotz

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    Probably around when I deadlifted 400 pounds. It was a good feeling.

    In my earlier stages, I imagined what I'd look like when I bench pressed 300 pounds. I would have a giant chest and abdomen and a thick neck and huge hairy arms. When it came, I just liked like I always do.
     
  10. Morganation

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    Im going through that feeling now.Making big gains and finally reaching the goals I thought to be unreachable.I dont plan on stopping lifting for a long time.
     
  11. milano

    milano I am the Walrus

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    As soon as I realized I'd increased my box jump by about 8 inches.
     
  12. Indivdude

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    I haven't been lifting for long but I know one thing. When I started, it was fun watching the weight increase on the bar. That kept me in the game. however, when I recently deadlifted 405, I had a brief moment of excitement and awe at what I had accomplished. That shortly faded as I thought about how 495 would feel like and how awesome it would be to deadlift that. When that happened I knew. I was hooked.
     
  13. GSPforLIFE

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    I'd say when I started focusing on strength, rather than aesthetics, and seeing the kind of progression I was making (by working out less often, nonetheless). It's nice to look good, but you can't really match that feeling of accomplishment after reaching a new PR.
     
  14. gspieler

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    I'll let u know when i have that moment.
     
  15. bobthebuilder

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    I decided after noticing that my health was declining. I decided to eat better and look for gradual improvement with no race to greatness. A 2.5 Kg increase here and there over several years, with concurrent increase in vo2max, will mean I can compete in any "over 40s" event be it a sprint, a 2km run, an aquathlon, a fathers race at my kids' sports day, etc. I want to be the 50 year old with a VO2max of 55 who can squat 1.5*BW for 20 reps then do it again 30 seconds later. I want to be active at age 80, still working the elliptical machine and doing those squats.
     
  16. redbeard

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    When I realised I cared more about moving weight than impressing females.

    Actually, fuck that shit, women love gunz.
     
  17. Dafreeclinic

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    What?
     
  18. redbeard

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    A joke brother, chill.
     
  19. theBrookDweller

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    when I deadlifted a new PR at current bodyweight I was so estatic I started doing the cabage patch

    the next time I did the carlton
     
  20. Bennayboi

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    zyzz is from australia
     

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