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Jan 26, 2011

You were surprised when the movie Hitch didn’t have a single deadlift in it

You thought Mr. Incredible’s name should have been Bill

You can press as much overhead as you can bench

You see heavy construction equipment and wonder if they would let you have one of the tires

You keep a harness and chains in the bedroom. For pulling semi trucks.

You tell people your sport is like crossfit, but for strong people.

Your idea of warming up for a lift is walking up to the implement and lifting it to see how it feels

You press your significant other for reps.

You consider welding a basket to a prowler for extra conditioning while shopping

While on vacation you pick up heavy things just to see if you can

You buy meat and eggs by the case.

When asked if you are having a BBQ, you reply “No man, I’m just stocking up on meat for the week”

Your primary requirement for a grill is the square footage of the cooking area

You take in more protein in a day than the RDA for a family of 6

You choose your vehicle based on how well it fits your car deadlift frame

You have pictures of your record breaking lifts on your desk instead of your family

You tacky up to pick up a watermelon

You show off your tacky bruises as proudly as bruises from actually lifting something

You would rather be under the bar than at one

You think SHW is 300+

You have thrown a 50 pound rubber salmon for distance

You use straps for a 315 deadlift but use only chalk for a 350 pound farmers walk

You train events for 6 hours a day on weekends while your friends won’t train for more than 45 minutes 3x a week for fear of going catabolic

You paid more for your plates, racks, and implements than you did for your car

You fluctuate 30 or more pounds between heavy contests and conditioning base ones

Its easier for you to stand up with 600 pounds on your back than it is to get up from the couch

You use horse liniments

You wear a squat suit during a meet and no one calls you a cheater

You worry buying stock in a dairy company before purchasing whey could be construed as insider trading

You consider going to a Renaissance fair to pick up leather gauntlets for stones

You can’t drive past a scrap yard without stopping in to see if they have anything you could make an implement out of

You know what I mean when I say implement

You tacky up to go bowling

You think sumo deadlifters are cheating

You can’t remember your spouse’s birthday but you know who won every WSM

You think OD Wilson was robbed in 1990

You worry you’re dangerously close to becoming a crossfitter because you don’t think OD Wilson was robbed

Contests are just another training day

You do direct arm work to prevent injury

You do core work to become more stable

You squat because its awesome even though it’s hardly even an event

You immediately know what people are referring to by the Big Z polar bear pic

You chalk up to carry the laundry basket

You know 18” deadlifts aren’t an ego lift

You know how to perform a continental clean with an axle

You know better than to try a continental clean with a regular barbell

You can muscle snatch an ATV

You were disappointed that the TV special on Vikings didn’t include Jon Pall Sigmarsson

You deadlift 7 times a week

You enjoy not having to wear a singlet to compete

You know the difference between the Wessels Rule and the Kessel Run

You googled Kessel Run and now think I’m an enormous nerd

You look up people’s names on NAS to find out if they even lift

You eat a pre-dinner snack in case the restaurant portions are too small.

You consider the Smith machine your private towel/coat rack. Not only is this convenient, but it prevent others from boarding the fail boat.

You know that ammonia is an acceptable morning coffee substitute on days when you’re really struggling.

You always carry spare underwear.

You keep baby wipes, baby oil, chalk, and baby powder in your bag at all times

You have no need to be a poser and “act” scary. You are scary

You have no need to be a poser and act “tough”. You are tough and have proven yourself at competitions

You would rather have a gift certificate to IronMind than GNC

You take your shoes off to deadlift

You hold records in max deadlift, deadlift for reps, 18” deadlift, axle deadlift, axle deadlift for reps, car deadlift, car deadlift for reps and most wings eaten in 30 minutes at the local pub.

When you pick something up at work you have to remind yourself not to wait for a down command

You think chucks aren’t an ideal shoe for meets.

You spend more on NAS dues, meet fees, and fuel to travel to meets than you do on rent

You wonder why it takes two people to unload a keg full of beer

You have 12 egg whites every morning. And twelve egg yolks. Only small people skip the yolk.

You can pull a semi truck but balk when your wife asks you to move a heavy box for fear of pulling something

You think competing outside during a thunderstorm is pretty normal.

You think spinning collars on a barbell are cheating

You can lift odd shaped objects without hurting yourself

You use your sick days because you can’t get out of bed after a meet, but still manage to get to the gym that night

You care about the argument over who was better between Jon Pall and Kaz

You know something that should have been on this list!

If you enjoyed these, post down below in the comments and add some of your own!

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Jan 26, 2011
Wow I can relate to the majority of this list


TID Board Of Directors
Nov 9, 2012
Those are ALL very good! I actually LOL'ed at some of them.

"Its easier for you to stand up with 600 pounds on your back than it is to get up from the couch." this about sums it up!


Senior Member
May 14, 2011
not one **** is given anymore about your physique


Senior Member
May 14, 2011
when a meal isnt a meal unless it contains a large quantity of meat in it
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