Are you a Gym God?

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    Aug 06, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    I've never been a "naturally athletic" guy. I've done music and entertainment type-stuff since I was little, so athletics and being fit hasn't interested me til recently. Over the course of the last year and a half I've dropped over 45 lbs and still have a few more to lose!

    I used to do only cardio, but I've started lifting the past few months to gain mass and definition, but I feel like I get weird stares from other guys at the gym cause I probably look like I don't know what I'm doing (cause I most likely don't haha). My (girl) friends and I call them the gym gods lol.

    Anyways, it just got me to wondering where you guys consider yourself on the gym totem poll? Do you feel judged by the Gym Gods or are you one of them? Or perhaps you fall in between?!

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    Aug 06, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    I'm a fairy goddess.
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    Aug 07, 2012 12:10 AM GMT
    kawaiidesu saidI'm flawless.


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  • stratavos

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    Aug 07, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    I know I'm in between, because I get help from guys who are bigger than me (muscle wise) and can't help but awe at them while still trying to be busy (more or less it becomes glances in between sets and exercises).

    (nothing wrong with looking as long as you're working, just like talking on the job at work)
  • Bunjamon

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    Aug 07, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    Congrats on brining about a positive change for yourself!

    Quit comparing yourself to other people in the gym, or worrying about what other people are thinking of you. Apart from maybe taking a sideways glance at you and hoping that you don't throw out your back because you're doing squats improperly, people aren't actually judging each other at the gym.

    Instead of idealizing guys who have more experience at the gym than you do and putting them on a pedestal, focus on continuing to improve yourself and getting better at what you're obviously doing well already. Good luck!
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Aug 07, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    Usually when I look at other guys in the gym it is because I find them attractive or they are working hard.
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:03 AM GMT
    Saw a great T-shirt today that said:

    I have the body of a God

    underneath was a picture of Buddha icon_lol.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:14 AM GMT
    Well, I am one of those guys who gets called a "gym rat" or... "live in the gym" or... whatever else. But the only people who say "gym rat" are people who don't go hard in the gym pretty much. Judging by your description, yeah I would be what you and your friends call a Gym God, however I don't give the stank eye to others who are starting out, etc. I offer tips, and help them along the way if I see that they are new/learning, and let them know if they have a question then feel free to ask.. but don't get crazy with it. I actually don't think the majority of "gym gods" look at you weird. It's in your head. If it seems like you are making a mockery of working out and playing around in the gym, then yes... you might get a look.
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:27 AM GMT
    I'm good, but no god.
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    I was a God once, then Odin took my hammer...
  • Montague

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    Aug 07, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    I might not be a gym god, but I've been doing enough Muay Thai to make my presence known. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:31 AM GMT
    BOW.... icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 2:36 AM GMT
    Yes. NOW BOW DOWN BEFORE ME!!!
  • coolarmydude

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    Aug 07, 2012 3:17 AM GMT
    Yes. No one ever sees me. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    When i go to the gym..i'm respectful of others..but i really dont give a crap what anyone thinks..I do my own thing ..i pay attention to the regulars to see what excercises they are doing and the results they are getting..(Gym God..no!)
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    God is my slave.
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:32 AM GMT
    unfounded7 saidYes. NOW BOW DOWN BEFORE ME!!!
    Fuck that. You flex your arms while I grope them, or I'll chain you to the St. Andrew's cross and whip you with fishing line until you flex sufficiently for my liking.
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:35 AM GMT
    I'm hardly a gym god, not even a gym-goer...

    But I wouldn't mind dating one icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:43 AM GMT
    RoadsterRacer87 saidI'm hardly a gym god, not even a gym-goer...

    But I wouldn't mind dating one icon_biggrin.gif
    Date the gym god's master (me). He's much hotter than God. icon_cool.gif In fact, I don't even have a white beard.
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    Aug 07, 2012 3:45 AM GMT
    I've been working out since grade 10, and since i started i never felt judged or made fun of by other guys, even the much more muscular ones. I find most of the guys who work out regularly are often the nice, respectful ones who can be very helpful too if you need a spotter. The rudest ones are usually the guys who don't work out regularly and thus lack common sense in such an environment and can't be courteous and considerate of others.

    I find a lot of newcomers to the gyms find themselves in the same position as you do, where they feel like they are being judged. Honestly though, where in the world can you be where you will not be judged by others around you? People are more likely to compare themselves to those immediately available to them than not - I am sure you do the same thing too, which explains why you would feel more insecure when you are around these so-called Gym Gods.

    The best thing you can do is to simply not give a shit about what others would think about you when you go to the gym. Chances are, you probably don't know them at all, and people have the tendency to always be pessimistic about these things - it's just not healthy to be concerned over uncertainties. Often by assuming their thinkings, you might even end up imagining as though they are staring and judging you when, really, they just happened to glance in your direction and didn't think much of it.

    The other thing is to take advantage of your competitive spirit, and to use the "Gym Gods" around you as a goal that you would like to reach in a certain time. I always find a regular member who is slightly more toned than me, and try to reach his level of fitness, and find other fitter guys once I've done that.

    As long as you are being respectful to others at the gym, no one will judge you. I personally am super judgemental against morbidly obese people, but I respect the ones who try to get into a better shape at the gym (even if they are walking on a treadmill at 3 mph).
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    Everyone starts somewhere. Some of of us have more to work with in one area or another.

    Quit looking for validation. Lead your life.

    If you're not a jock, you're not a jock.

    You may find, though, after some time, that there are many reasons jocks are jocks, and one is that it feels good; has the side effects of making you live longer and look better.
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:35 AM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidSaw a great T-shirt today that said:

    I have the body of a God

    underneath was a picture of Buddha icon_lol.gif

    For years when I was fat I'd say "I have the body of a Greek God - Dionysus."

    Now that I have a body people talk to me at the gym and I get the most bizarre comments from straight bodybuilders. For example, after my dog sat on my rimless glasses today I got an emergency pair of bifocals with square black frames. One guy said I looked like Clark Kent, another teased that I looked like a sexy librarian. Next up, gym demi-god - maybe.

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    Aug 07, 2012 4:36 AM GMT
    mileshelvetica saidSaw a great T-shirt today that said:

    I have the body of a God

    underneath was a picture of Buddha icon_lol.gif
    Buddha was a philosopher who didn't believe in god, but believed we are all gods within ourselves. icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    I'm always really aloof to others and focusing on my workout with my buds when i'm in the gym. Its only recently that people have started asking for exercise tips, which is very flattering. I don't really pay attention to what others think tho. I like looking and feeling good. maybe its because i try not to care.
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:48 AM GMT
    I was a chubby band geek in high school, not athletic at all. All it takes is commitment and you'll start to see the changes. Don't worry about not looking like the big guys at the gym. Most of them weren't born that way, but the thing that they have in common is that they all worked hard to get where they are. Losing 45 pounds is pretty awesome -- give yourself some credit!