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dmaipa 04-29-2011 10:17 AM

Tired of all the "tough guy" talk
I may be alone on this one, I don't know. But we've all been reading articles, magazines, seeing Twitter/facebook updates, etc. and I gotta say I'm getting tired of all the "tough guy" talk that is out there. It seems that in order to how you have a passion of lifting weights you have to talk as if you rule the world or the world must bow down to you, I guess that's why society has a stereotype towards people who have a passion for lifting weights. Wen people ask me what is my hobby, I tell them working out and lifting weights. Right there they already think I'm arrogant, insecure, and have no life. It's because people out there who ruin it for the rest of us.

To me, There's more to life than lifting weights. This was just a quick rant that I wanted to throw out there

IronManlet 04-29-2011 10:20 AM

Not sure what you mean by "tough guy talk," but I definitely know there's more to my life than lifting. haha

BendtheBar 04-29-2011 10:31 AM

I think I know what you mean Dmaipa.

As a writer I try and make sure I restrain from that type of talk. It's actually something I think about often and am aware of.

I have used it in mild degrees in the past and regret it.

Abaddon 04-29-2011 10:44 AM

here here.

BendtheBar 04-29-2011 10:46 AM


Originally Posted by dmaipa (Post 133716)
Right there they already think I'm arrogant, insecure, and have no life.

I will add this is one of the reasons I try to steer most young lifters away from OCD obsessions. Enjoy life. You can do so and build muscle.

thumpinos 04-29-2011 11:02 AM

It bleeds over on forums and you see all the e-punks parroting it. It didn't seem to be like this years ago. All of my role models seemed decent and respectful.

dmaipa 04-29-2011 11:54 AM

It just seems that in order to get your point across you have to make some crazy remar like "it's bc you're f'in lazy, and you dont f'in want it." and then people reply as that being straight forward, or that person being real..there's more constructive ways. Read t-nation, and some articles on elitefts and other sites. It feels like there's one author ecause they all soun the same. I'm coming from a writing standpoint.

BendtheBar 04-29-2011 12:34 PM

The one thing I learned about communication is this:


Make your point and use plain language.
Some will agree. Some will disagree. Iron Addict used to post at and provide a simple answer. He didn't attack, belittle or call names. But he was confident.

He didn't try to sell his words with bravado. He believed in his words, helped the best he could, and made an exit without debating.

I can tell you as a writer that my most successful articles are basic articles that present helpful information to the "little guy". I try to stay out of the article's way for the most part.

Either you are selling an idea, or you are selling yourself and the idea. The truth is, if I am going to make the text/article interesting, I have to focus on simplicity, readability, and making a workout/idea approachable.

Some writers are more columnists, like Dan John. And that is OK. He presents ideas with anecdotes and humor.

Some writers who are bravado overkill, well, I just say enough already. I don't think I would want to spend much time in the same room with them, no matter how much they know.

dmaipa 04-29-2011 12:39 PM

I know what you mean but the Internet is filled with authors full of overkill bravado. Shows alot about the person

BendtheBar 04-29-2011 12:48 PM


Originally Posted by dmaipa (Post 133755)
I know what you mean but the Internet is filled with authors full of overkill bravado. Shows alot about the person

I don't really know which sites are like this. I am primarily at M&S and the Tight Tan Slacks blog.

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