No. 4 - I started going to my gym about 4 years ago. Even though I knew my way around a weight room, it took me a long time really feel like I belonged there. (It was just me, I'm sure. The gym is pretty friendly.) There were lots of big guys lifting, and while I did not feel intimidated by them, I didn't feel like I measured up.
I watch people in the gym sometimes, I watch what other guys are doing and how they do it. It's a great way to study form, both good and bad. Eventually, as I began lifting heavier and making physical gains, my confidence increased and I opened up an and have since made a number of friends.
I looked around a couple of weeks ago and realized I'm now one of the "old timers". Most of the guys in the gym today joined after I did and the previous "old timers" have moved on.
Now to the point, I'll quote Soldier above:
I just felt so pumped up because I knew people were watching. My mentality is "You think you're training? I'll show you what training is!."
I also recently noticed that people are watching ME! Now, as I watch other guys lifting, I am way more critical of form and routine than before. I am doing things in the gym that others aren't doing. Deadlifts for example. There is only one other guy that I ever see doing them.
Makes me feel good and supercharged to be setting an example in the gym.
I know this post is fairly self-indulgent, and I apologize, but I find it coincidental that Soldier made his comments at the same time I was feeling it too.
I don't know guys, but I really feel like the tide is turning for me and my goals are closer than ever before. I'm excited and wanted to share it with everyone.