It's been a while, but I've had these thoughts rolling around for a long time:
No. 5 - I don't have all the answers, but I have learned a lot about lifting/programming in the last three years by hanging out here and next door, so I believe I have a legitimate voice when I talk lifting with friends.
I consider this forum, this little corner of the internet, to be my secret weapon. With what I have learned here, I have gained both strength and brawn, patience and discipline, and don't freak out every time I fail or miss a rep.
I get frustrated when I hear guys complaining that nothing is working for them. They always say, "I guess I'll go back to my old routine." Or, "I found this routine in a magazine that's supposed to get me ripped, but it's not working..."
I want them to break out of their tired old magazine routines and focus on the basics. I ask them, "What are you doing? Are you squatting? Are you dead lift/bench/OHP-ing?"
"Oh, I can't squat or dead lift and OHP hurts too much."
I want to tear my hair out! I try to educate these guys, but they always have an excuse. I don't like leaving my friends floundering in blind, stubborn ignorance while I get bigger and stronger, but whaddya gonna do?
I know what I'm
going to do. I'm going to keeping plugging away 4 days a week. I'm going to keep logging here and soaking in all the motivation and info I can. I'm going to keep setting goals just out of reach so I push myself harder. And I'm going to be that
guy that the 50 year old pot-bellied wannabes look at and say, "I should have tried harder."
That ^^^ might sound arrogant, but honestly, I feel proud of my progress so far and feel I have an edge over the other guys.
So, keep sharing all the great information, stories, tips and videos so we can all take pride in ourselves.
EDIT: By the way, I realize everyone has their own goals, so please don't think I expect everyone to do as I do. But I think you understand what I'm talking about.