A couple of days ago I was at Club Sport, the “Health Club” that I go to in order to swim. I have written about it before, huge aerobics rooms, juice bar, snack bar, pro shop, along with the very shiny weight room full of expensive machines and one squat rack crammed in the corner that is normally unused. And of course the 4 outdoor pools.
What do you think you might be as UNLIKELY to find in such a place as an Alien playing chess with a wine drinking Predator?
And yet I found them. As I was changing into my swim trunks, I noticed a guy next to me changing from his street shoes to a pair of Pendlay Do-win’s, the classic grey models. A good choice. I pointed to his shoes and asked him if he competed in weightlifting. He said no, he just had them cause he was serious about training and they were great to squat in. As I complemented him on the cool shoes, he noticed my “Pendlay Barbell” t-shirt and said hey cool, you got that shirt the same place I got the shoes! I said yeah what a coincidence and we both went our seperate ways.
At first I just thought the whole thing was kind of funny. But, I think there is something big behind randomly seeing weightlifting gear in a mainstream gym. Could it be that we are going mainstream? We certainly aren’t there yet, but are we headed in the right direction? I think so.