The act of lifting heavy weights for the sole purpose of impressing other people in the room. This is usually done with awful form and gratuitous grunting noises. Definition from Urban Dictionary
What drives a person to ego lift? Is it simply their need to impress other people that overrides their common sense? Or do these living crash-test dummies really think they can perform the incredible feats that play out in their heads?
The answers to these questions vary, but one basic truth rises from beneath the piles of thrashed weight plates and broken bodies; never lift with your ego!
Okay, that picture is of an Olympic athlete, so he’s not actually ego lifting. But the guy in the aforementioned leg press video clearly is. That man is lifting without purpose, or at least that’s how it appears. Perhaps he has some sort of reasoning for what looks to be pure jackass-in-the-gym type behavior.
For all we know, though, he might be practicing for the… well, never mind. This kind of idiocy is unacceptable. There is no excuse for “showing off” like this in such a dangerous and pointless manner. The leg press is a fail and he should feel bad.
If you’re on fitness sites often, you’ve probably seen enough fail videos by now to understand how bad ego lifting really is. But even after watching these kinds of videos, it’s incredible how quickly guys fall right back into the habit of lifting heavier weight than they are capable of.
A lot of the time, it’s not even guys trying to impress anyone that leads to ego lifting; it’s usually a combination of inexperience and their misconceptions on the proper amount of weight to lift for muscle stimulation.
This is why there are so many videos of guys attempting to lift weights they have no business even watching someone else try to lift. Their inexperience fills them with an unearned courage. This in turn leads them to blow out their b-holes from half squatting double their bodyweight. Luckily, ego lifting doesn’t always end in having your insides smashed by an overloaded squat bar.
In actuality, ego lifting is most often in the form of something similar to the husky gentleman leg pressing 3,777lbs for not even a single rep. Far too many guys think they need to lift extremely heavy or they aren’t really lifting at all. That is just a downright incorrect way of thinking.
In order to get the most out of your workout, you must lower the weight to where it’s difficult to lift yet safely manageable. This doesn’t just keep your genitals safe from ultimate destruction, it also maximizes your ability to make gains. The sweet spot for proper muscle stimuli is using a weight where you can perform eight to 12 reps with a full range of motion; no half reps.
The only time ego lifting might actually be beneficial is for powerlifters. Their whole sport is based around who can lift the most weight. This means lifting their max weight and failing is a more common occurrence than for your average bodybuilder. But the thing is, most powerlifters work their way up to this kind of training and are experienced enough to do it safely. Their ego lifting isn’t really ego lifting at all; it’s just lifting with a purpose. They are focused and have a goal in mind.
Not like the human-sized dildos that are your typical gym bros. These guys just want to show off for anyone and everyone. It’s almost as if they don’t care about building up their physiques. They just want to show everyone how “strong” they are.
These ego lifting dopes usually fall into one of two categories:
1. Fat guys who think they are strong
This is pretty self-explanatory, but you see these guys all the time. They are usually very fat and spend all of their time doing the easy fat guy exercises: bench, barbell shrugs and dumbbell curls. Of course, with each one of these exercises, the fat guys are sure to use the heaviest weight possible. And they never rep with anything close to a full range of motion.
2. The Noob
This is the guy who has no clue what he’s doing in the gym. He just tries to emulate the guys that are either around him, or were on whatever lifting video he watched before he entered the weight room. This almost always ends with the skinny wiener trying to lift the weight the other guys are using and most likely tearing his back muscles like a misused condom at a frat party.
If there is one thing to take away from this article, (and it’s very obvious) it’s to make sure you don’t f*cking ego lift. If you are just trying to get in better shape, nobody gives a flying spooge-rag how much you can bench. Just lift a manageable yet challenging weight. Then, the next time you work out, try raising the weight slightly or go for more reps.
And if someone does tease you for lifting lighter weight than them, tell them to munch on a baboon’s red a*s and ignore them while their spines slowly disintegrate from their awful ego lifting.