Like Gary Oak [Green] from Pokemon or Ben Stiller fromDodgeball, everyone has that one rival in their lives that is either a royal douchecanoe or just someone they feel they can compete/grow stronger with. There’s that drive to win; and the extra oompf just to whiz past them.
My rivals are not bodybuilders, track and field athletes, up-and-coming wrestlers or even former fatties. They’re who I used to be: Small people looking to get bigger.
(And maybe one dude who’s just a ripped menace that acts so much like a arrogant assclown that it makes me feel tons better when I squat more than he does for reps)
One of my rivals is a girl. She originally wanted to get in shape just to look better for the boys, become more flexible/limber and lose some weight. We’re currently training with/against each other for the Run For Your Lives 5K in Indianapolis this June; and she’s got me on running. I wanted to change that [since I used to do parkour on a regular basis] so I could survive this race and leave her behind like Shane did to Otis. She constantly sends pics of her progress via texts as I [need to] post my progress reports on here.
My other rival is a guy who just wanted to get stronger like I did but moreso for better reasons than my own “because I hate being small”. He originally dated one of my best friends and after they broke up, he wanted to hang with me a lot more. He noticed that while I was doing my workouts, he could do some things different; and he has, focusing more on bodyweight exercises and endurance rather than strength and resistance training. We talk about each other’s gym failures.
And then there’s the Army guy. Everyone has seen this man in the gym: Already slim/ripped, pulling/pushing heavier weights than everyone else, yells loudly when going hard, looks too focused to be training with anyone else. He is someone I have trained beside once; and he belittled me left and right for how small I was in comparison to him. Since then he’s gotten out of shape from the ripped monster to just your average guy, losing a bit of lean muscle mass due to injury and bad habits (see alcoholism). We’ve been trying to get our asses into better shape and I’m trying to match/beat his lifting stats before he fell off the wagon for a month.