You know, when you have articles about strength training talking about taking your anger and rage out at the weights and being full of piss hot steam against all the people in the world standing against you - when articles like these are published it is NO wonder that regular people look at us strength enthusiasts as if we're crazy.
I think all of us - and I'm going to put this from the perspective of boys but I know plenty of girls who have experienced similar situations with their partners: you date a girl who has asserted that she will be sweet to the whole world but whenever she's in a relationship she's going to treat her partner like shit if she's having a bad day. Yeah, you are supposed to high-tailed it out of there pronto but this is exactly what these fitness articles are talking about when it comes to training mentality.
Most of us train for fun: because we're enthusiasts. Why would you bring negative reinforcement and a plethora of bad feelings with you to the gym and take it out on inanimate objects is beyond me. Nobody's holding a fucking gun to your head forcing you to train.
And the thing is: even if you do this and you are successful at it (and no, a bunch of young beginners who haven't worked their butts off to get to their genetic potential do NOT count) even if you are successful at it why would you wear it on your sleeve and brandy it about like some trophy? It is not something to be proud about.
When we're at work - whether we're running a business or working for someone, do you ever see decision makers do their job successfully when all they have going on in their minds is the collective voices of all the people who've told them that they'd never make it?
In school, we're taught to think clearly; to approach situations in a certain mature way. So why is it okay to think that you can do something you LOVE doing with pure hatred running through your heart and mind?
The cold truth is: you aren't beating all the naysayers in your life by pressing 400 pounds off your chest.
I really wish there weren't so many nasty pro-hate articles about training and lifting weights. You don't have to make weight training a hobby with rainbow colors and unicorns dancing around, but it definitely isn't some dungeon where you're strung up to a torture board ready to be punished or ready to inflict punishment on others.
This is EXACTLY why regular people and normal people look at bodybuilders, powerlifters, martial artists, etc - all of us people who set foot in the gym and embrace our passion for lifting: this is why people look at us like we're a bunch of freaks.