For those of you who sometimes miss their lifting days to bullshit excuses:
Ever since I started lifting about 6-7 months ago I've seen the same people in the gym I go to. One of these guys is John (we'll just call him John). Average joe, nothing special, decent guy, will spot you if you ask, puts weights back where they originally were, etc.
When I first started lifting I had those initial days where I'd skip because i'm "too tired" or make some kind of dumb excuse to NOT GO. Now I attend at least 4-5 days week. (Days vary depending on my work schedule) I still get those days once in a while where I just don't want to go. No reason why, just don't want to. I still manage to do it however and feel better afterwards but getting there is a bitch. After tonight I won't be skipping those days for being lazy.
I'm doing overhead press when I see John come in. Except this time he's on crutches and has a walking boot. He's with another guy who I see around the gym. Didn't really understand why John was here if he's on crutches.
Few minutes go by and I look over and I see John and he's doing bicep curls while standing on one leg. Then he moves over to the cable machines and starts doing some exercises on there. He then comes over next to me and starts doing pulldowns on a machine. Another person at the gym comes strolling by and says to him
"Hey how are you doing those exercises with a broken foot?"
He simply responds to the guy "It's back and bi's day dude. It's not leg day." Then goes right back to his exercise.
I've never seen this before. Maybe it's not common for some of you but this was my first time seeing this. Instantly I just felt like complete shit. I skipped two days in the past month because I was tired or just didn't feel like going meanwhile this guy john has a broken foot and is on crutches and is still showing up and getting his reps in. All on one foot.
What we need to take away from this is that if you don't feel like getting to the gym that day because you got out of work and you're tired or you make up some bullshit excuse,... just suck it up and fucking go. Because while you're not there, John is and he's improving himself.
Instantly I just felt guilt and shame come over me like a dark cloud. This guy has one foot and is STILL showing up getting his reps in meanwhile i'm at home or doing whatever but i'm not at the gym that day.
Take it as a lesson, the days that you don't want to go, are the days that you NEED to go. It builds discipline. I recently looked at it as if i'm not at the gym that day (rest days are excluded) then my day is not complete. It's a waste of a day if I'm not there.
Needless to say I won't be skipping anymore days and you shouldn't either. I just wonder what John is going to do for leg day....
TL;DR Guy on crutches shows up to gym and still puts work in while I don't attend some days because i'm "tired". Makes me feel like shit, completely turn the observation around and will not miss anymore days.