Is it just it just my observations, or is it that the people who have lifted a very small amount of time(a year or less) seem to try to make what they're doing seem the most "hardcore"? Example: I went to a Crossfit thing with my mom back in May(she does it, not me) and there was this woman there screaming harder than any woman faking an orgasm in a porno ever has. What was she doing? Box jumps. She wasn't very large, had obviously been lifting for maybe close to a year, and hadn't even been doing her workout very long, yet she was screaming every time she jumped. She wasn't the only one, but she was definitely the loudest about it.
Example 2: When I first started lifting a couple summers ago, when I discovered cleans I liked to grunt extra loud when I would get tired. These weren't normal "agh" grunts, but you know, the extra-loud obnoxious kinds. Of course I was getting tired and weaker, but looking back, I was doing it for show.
more attitude based) A kid I used to lift with, who was much weaker than I, did quarter squats and was afraid to deadlift, and had only been lifting a couple of months...I went to him to comment on my squat performance during the time(July 2012)(and man, I have not worded this sentence very well). I told him I seemed to be getting weaker on my squat(Didn't know that mono was about to take over my body soon) and he said, "Work harder and fix it." Now, this is good advice of course, but it came from a kid who was AFRAID to deadlift, and did quarter squats with a pad on the bar. Sure, his bench had gone up a LITTLE bit over the summer and his arms and shoulders were a little bit bigger, but I mean really? He would also give advice to others in the gym who had been lifting around the same time or shorter- often the kind of man up advice you get a lot in lifting circles. (Which the macho bullshit is another topic of its own. You're lifting weights, not saving cities from destruction)
So from just these three observations, I came to the conclusion a few months back that it seems like those who have lifted the shortest amount of time want to seem "hardcore" because their performance and looks do not match their definition of "hardcore" so they have to do something to be noticed or try to take a certain mindset about it. Does anyone agree with this?
(And speaking of the macho BS, I'm going to "man up" and go to the gym, because screw mono...We'll see how it goes...)