In the fitness industry, inevitably there will be people who are competitive. Who enjoy bragging about their achievements out aloud and want other people to notice and be praised. Honestly, I know because I was once like that but now I am more than happy to share my achievements because personally to myself, they were my own micro goals that I had wanted to achieve.
So, out of curiosity a classmate who happened to be interested in powerlifting approached me and asked me what my max for bench press, squats and deadlifts were. As you would, I guess? To which I happily answered because I am proud of my personal results. Instead of going "Holy shit, wow. That's amazing for a girl" he's response was rather "Oh, that's my warm up. I can do this much" and wherever he had felt threatened by my numbers, he had the audacity to go "BUT, do you wear a belt?"
What the fucking shit, mate.
I happily answered, yes because it was for safety precautions. No fucking shit I will wear a belt if I am carrying over DOUBLE my body weight on my fucking spine, pushing and pulling a hell of a lot more too. I am NOT going to risk fucking up my form and getting injured or permanently damaging my spine. I have always been careful and I absolutely take pride in looking after my body. So, it rather surprised me when he mentioned that he was out of lifting for a while because he had gotten injured. You only get injured from poor form or because you don't take proper precautions or because you're an ego lifter.
I guess the fact that I am a woman who can lift over 100% or even almost 200% of her own body weight slipped his mind. I'm not bragging (sorry if it sounds like that) no one else in the class is aware that I enjoy powerlifting for recreational purposes. I actually haven't told anyone aside from my coach that I lift. It didn't happen overnight either. I worked hard, each and every day for the past 6 months to purely strengthen myself and my body. I'm still growing and learning a shit load more. So, personally he had no right to judge or degrade me.