It was very flattering when a young bartender asked me to write him a lifting program.
And because I genuinely wanted to share the joys of weight training with him, I did.
He was excited.
Until another server, a power lifter friend and my fellow workout buddy, commented that he would have written it quite differently.
Seeing the look on the bartender’s face, I remembered when I was just beginning to be interested in the sport of bodybuilding and completely intimidated by the huge amount of conflicting information available.
So I did the kindest thing possible that I have learnt from experience.
I told the bartender that there are many plans that can be made and followed, but picking one, not necessarily mine, and sticking with it for three months, would allow him to understand how to better continue his development in the years ahead.
The power lifter conceded to that and in an act of truce, told me to show the bartender my competition stage pictures, to prove that I knew what I was talking about.