Friday, April 30, 2010


Vernon is, by far, the strongest guy at the gym. He’s about 6’ tall, no less than 350 pounds, very black, and very quiet. It’s not that he’s shy. He just doesn’t do a lot of talking. He doesn’t waste time. He’s all business, and he lifts substantially heavier than everybody else at the gym. I’ve seen him leg press 1200 pounds for eight reps, shoulder press 315 for six, and bench press 315 for 15. He’s a very friendly guy with a warm personality. Recently he’s taken to having me spot him on his lifts. I appreciate that sort of confidence. He must trust me to know what I’m doing. It always makes me nervous, though, because I generally doubt my ability to pull that kind of weight off him if the need arises.

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