Through my existence in the weight room, I’ve had many identifying moments when it comes to fitness. When 2″ inseam spandex became my go-to apparel for any sort of working out, I knew I was a Volleyball player. When I could down Burger King before conditioning and still outperform, I knew I was a college athlete. And when rust stains on my shirt from some old plates became awesome to me…I knew I had become a gym rat. Yep, there is a time where we all realize we identify with a new crowd, so read on and bask in the warm glow that is your fellow comrades.
you love your calluses
If you don’t think calluses are cool, then you obviously don’t lift enough to know that they are a sign of hard work. Or you have baby soft hands, in which case I might say I’m a tad jealous. Everybody loves holding hands with a weight lifter right?
you get giddy for your workout
Sometimes you just can’t stop thinking about how awesome your workout is going to be. How awesome you’re going to feel. How awesome you’re going to look. How awesome you’ll be when you’re on stage at the Olympia! Ok, getting ahead of ourselves, but it’s safe to say this might be the best workout of all time about to happen.
you cheer at the scoop being on top
Nothing makes a fresh bucket of whey better than when you unscrew the lid and there the scooper is, just sitting on top waiting for you to scoop all its proteiny goodness. If that’s not the case, you tend to feel like this:
A beautiful gym can put a wide grin on your face. A beautiful gym with platforms? Is this heaven? Am I in heaven right now because if so, I’m going for PR’s on everything. BUMPER PLATES BABY!
you’re a pill pusher
My 80yo Grandma ain’t got nothing on my pill popping. Vitamins make your heart healthy and your muscles big! and they do other stuff too, idk the labels are pretty complicated.
you’ve debated casein cake recipes
You don’t know a good casein cake until you’ve topped that sucker with creamy PB2. Until then, get out of my face. Wait…your recipe contains berries? Hol’ up a sec
The pump: “Oh it feels so good!”
The soreness: “Oh it hurts so good!”
The admiration: “Oh you look so good!”
you use lingo you swore you wouldn’t. like, the pump
And macros, and negs, and bro, and brah, and broham..
you know when machines are moved at your gym
Idk whether to be happy about a new machine, or mad I have less room to walk my giant muscles around in.
too much meat? just more protein for muscles
“Have I told you lately, that I love you. Have I told you, nothing gets me gains quite like you?”
you’ve pulled a muscle you didn’t know you had
My sartori-what? I’m not here for science! I just want to lift things up and put them down.
pre-workout is a hell of a drug
One time I tried too much Assault and I thought I was on crack. Never tried crack, but I assume it’s what it might be like. Especially because I accidentally lifted the entire rack instead of just the barbell.
There are so many things that can be said on this list, but these are just a few. Once you realize you’re a lifter, it is best to just give in and go with it. We fully support your calorie counting, gym obsessed, mirror checking out self.
What else are signs that you are definitely a lifter? Continue the conversation below and remember, you’re with people who understand 🙂