Robb Wolf won’t train me
“Vegetarian? Find another trainer, I will not work with you. You won’t make progress and all we will do is argue. Someone else can take your money and watch you not make progress.” – Robb Wolf’s article on shopping
Define progress. At 21 years old I was 127 pounds with a bench press of roughly 85 pounds (squatting wasn’t even in the cards yet). Thanks to having a damn fine set of parents, I didn’t get dangerously caught up in gender roles, but being a skinny dude all throughout my formative years still leaves some emotional scars, and by the time I was 21, I had not just a few thoughts under my belt of wishing I looked a little less like a 12-year old girl.
My new employment at a crosscountry ski resort presented an opportunity to learn the new skill of traipsing across snow with some planks on my feet. I was initially thrilled with cranking out half a kilometer on my first outing, with only a few falls. I was fairly new to the meat-free lifestyle, but was learning more and feeling good about being an animal lover and having a set of ethics that reflected my actions, and vice versa.
2 years later I was regularly skiing 20K and had a couple extra pounds on me from the sporadic weight training I was indulging in.
Hop ahead almost a decade and I entered my first powerlifting meet. Although 1000 pound total at 175 pounds (staying within the same bodyfat range) might not impress everyone, how could anyone deny that as ‘progress?’ Plus I still had some ski skills to boot.
Add yet another half decade and our viewers at home will witness someone switching gears to prepping for yet another weightlifting comp this fall, and then planning on a strongman meet sometime in 2009. I also recently competed for the first time in couple years in a powerlifting meet and beat 2 of my three PR’s, and my own state record.
So it’s a bummer that Rob wouldn’t work with someone like me. Maybe my tree-hugging, animal-loving, hippy-bullshit is somehow less important than progress that apparently can only be made with meat consumption, but I’ll stick with it.
Here’s a collection of folks that will also disagree with Robb:
If someone isn’t making progress, don’t blame their lack of meat.