I joined my gym’s competitive team today. Worked out for three hours! I will no longer be training on my own, now I will be training with some of the best lifters in the region 4 days a week. Some of these guys compete nationally. They’re crazy strong. I squatted 325 for 3 reps on the spider bar (a squat bar which makes you feel like you’re going to fall over, that’s the point, to make normal squats feel easier) but the huge guys were squatting over 500lbs for three reps. Tournaments are open but it’s better to have the structure, social factor and camaraderie of a team. The coach asked me if I want the other members to know about my condition and the fact that I am on sedating medications, and I said yes.
I am the smallest guy on the team. They all have at least 20lbs on me, most of them a lot more. I’ll be competing in the 165lb weight class, most of them will have to cut to make 181 or 198 or 220 or hell even 240. I mean some of the guys are seriously huge.
The team has a facebook group and I guess the coach will welcome me with a mention of my condition on there once he gets on his computer.
I am ready for whatever, but I think they will be supportive, it’s like AA which I started going to today, they’re all there for one reason (in this case, to be stronger). But if they call me psycho, whatever. I’ll still make master rank within the year. Plus thats sort of badass to be the legit psycho guy on the team.