Discuss your favorite gym experiences. Something that stands out to you. Maybe we can get a different kind of motivation thread going here. I had a great moment yesterday. No matter how big you are, there is always someone bigger than you. I was training shoulders yesterday and wasn't feeling all that well, both physically and emotionally. I had an extremely stressful afternoon. My business is on the brink of disaster and one of my partners is leaving so that really crushed me. I went to the gym. I felt that it would take my mind away from my troubles for at least an hour. It was monday around 5pm. The most crowded time of the entire week. I walked in to the 5 biggest guys that train there. 3 of which are NPC bodybuilding champions and 2 are just large as fuck! I put the focus to my mind and started my routine. I was constantly reminding myself of why I was there...no matter how big those guys were and how much they made me feel smaller than a pea I kept training. I made certain that I was the hardest working person there. Pushing the weights non stop, supersetting, increasing the weight with the reps, going all out. By the end of my first superset (military and side laterals) I was pretty fried. 5 sets of 12-15...and I still had more to go. I set up the machine presses and the rear delt cable raises. This is hwere I ran into some trouble. One of the bigger guys was working on the bottom pully, the one that I needed. So when he wasn't there I switched the handle and did my set. I then ran back to the mahcine presses and banged out 8 more reps, ran back and saw the big guy removing my handle. He looked and said "you on this?" I replied "yeah" he said "oh, I'm sorry...I'll get outta your way" I nodded and went back as hard as I could. I saw him watching out of the corner of my eye, how intense I was and how I forced myself to work harder. It wasn't too long before I noticed that guy along with a few of the other guys started to train harder and harder. It almost became a contest of who was working the hardest. I never felt so energized, pumped and strong as I did last night. By my final set of shrugs I caught the eye of one of the guys and he winked and I nodded.... it is a great feeling to push yourself against intimidation.