Modern Gym Standards Producing Weak Lifters

Why People Are Weak After Years Of Training ?..

People Are Lazy

Thanks to YouTube fitness channels, there is an abundance of training information in the mainstream. This is a blessing and a curse because there is not a lot of common sense details on how to apply this information. Not to mention, that much of it only applies to people in specific situations, such as performance athletes, bodybuilders or natural / enhanced individuals. If you are not in that exact category the information applies to, the particular strategy might be totally useless to you. It is very easy to become overloaded with different ideas.

What’s worse is we are constantly bombarded with false advertising. Videos of people looking absolutely "stunning", prompting a certain type of training program, which promises to make you look / perform EXACTLY like they do. In the end, we are all searching for that “quick fix” solution. At the same time not wanting to accept the truth… That this may require some hard work and consistency over time to work.

I am currently 40+ years old and the majority of those years have been spent training. I would like to think that If there were a secret plan to getting in shape, I would have found it by now. As a young lifter, It took me a number of years to learn the lessons that nobody came straight out and told me. In regards to performance in the gym, how someone "looks" can be very deceptive. The look of a person’s physique mostly proves that they are able to follow a specific diet plan. Once you strip off the fat, that persons “look” is mostly determined by their genetics and possibly some enhancements.

Criteria on what constitutes a "good lifter" in the gym is much different today than it used to be. You can tell a lot about someone’s ability by their exercise selection. I would love to give my 2c on this topic, but I Mr Jason Blaha seems to sum what is wrong with modern gym patrons today...


I walk into any gym in the city and see most people using cables / machines, while avoiding free weights altogether, claiming they are training "smart". Many of these people are young men / women, obviously on TONS on gear / PED's. When I was in my teens... It was not uncommon to see guys squatting 400+ lbs and benching 300+ lbs. I don’t consider myself to be exceptionally strong by any means and am NOT a strength athlete / power lifter. However, I think it is just sad when I seem to draw a lot of attention doing my big 3 lifts, when I consider them to be at an average level at best. I guess I just have to accept that things are different now… But definitely not better my opinion.

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October 29, 2020

I out lift a lot of the boys in my gym

October 29, 2020

Haha!.. Thats not a bad thing :bye:

Brand W
November 2, 2020

I am guilty of being one of those lazy lifters for years. I got started late doing things right but its better late than never

November 9, 2020

Most women and some guys are afraid of looking bad trying to lift weights

November 12, 2020

You used a photo that funny but doesn’t really inspire me to lift any heavier. Best wishes. Aaren Reggis Sela

November 12, 2020

Depending on what photo I would agree with you but the use of ‘artist’ used very loosely with a photo like that. lol

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