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|6/13/2012 1:42:46 PM - Steve Pulcinella
Maybe someday if you ever open your own gym . . .
. . . you'll get a letter like this once in a while.
I wanted to write this since I ended my membership over the phone after I moved. It seems sort of anticlimactic, since I have basically learned everything I know about training from training at Iron Sport. My fiancé makes fun of me over the fact that I have had a harder time adjust to my new gym than my new job, haha. But it is true Iron Sport is something different from anything else I have ever considered myself apart of (even though I kinda just lifted on my own and kept to myself besides the few hints of advice I would ask for).
I can remember my first day when I walked in and thought……. Holy shit this is a gym. I thought I knew everything there was about training since I had at one time played college football; boy did that change very quickly. But I must say, Iron Sport wasn’t a place where even though I had no idea what the hell I was doing, that people made you feel uncomfortable or “not part of the club” like many training spots and gyms can. Guys would come up to me, who I thought could eat me, and politely say, “can I make a suggestion”. Even if I was determined to do it wrong, they would just say “well everyone responds differently,” even though they knew that what I was doing would never work. Later when I realized those guy became what I would late consider friends, where right, I would ask them to help me with my form or programming they wouldn’t hesitate even though I had turned them away in the past.
The gym is one of the only places I know were so many different forms of athlete’s train, that’s right not lift or work out, but truly TRAIN. Thanks to that one aspect my whole concept of what it is to train has changed. Training is not just something that the people of you gym do after they get done work as a hobby, but it is something that most do all day, week, and year long, from diet to sleep. For others training at Iron Sport was a way for them to lose themselves from the stresses of their lives. They would jump on the Olympic platforms, benches, power racks, or even the bodybuilding equipment, whatever way they chose to train, and lose themselves in the weights.
For me, that was the case. Although toward the end of my being a member of Iron Sport I started to get into real power lifting and Olympic lifting, the gym was still a place for me to lose myself. It was a place when I got laid off before my child was born that I could go train, bullshit, and be with friends. It was a place that when my son was born that I could go and be congratulated by some, and warned by others, haha. Iron Sport is a gym where many (not all) are welcome. The gym that I am currently trying is not like Iron Sport, it is almost like a health club, and to be honest it makes me sick. Iron Sport. is some facets, felt like my home.
Bottom line I am writing this in part because I feel kinda guilty for ending my membership over the phone, in part because I figure it can give you a little spice in your post on EliteFTS haha, but mostly because I want you to know what training at Iron Sport has meant to me and to other I know who train there. I also want to thank you and all the people at Iron Sport for making a cocky college kid interested in real TRAINING, and making me feel like part of something bigger.
And THIS is why I have the best job in the world! Thank you Don.
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