Originally Posted by speedy4500
So I always feel bad when people are doing the same movement as I am and struggling with form or with significantly less weight. I hate to think that they are watching me and thinking "That asshole is just trying to show off." Maybe I'm projecting my own insecurities? But seeing other people's abilities has driven me to push harder, so perhaps I'm helping instill some drive in others? Anyone else ever think about this?
In short: no. Lifting with good technique isn't showing off, it's called using your brain. Training at the campus facility, the amount of people I see lifting with bad technique is staggering - and I'm not talking debatable shit like not deloading on deads but rounding the lower back on deads and squats, stuff that is pretty much guaranteed to fuck something up when the bar gets heavy. The people who genuinely want to improve will seek out information to correct their technique, e.g. reading SS or god forbid asking a more experienced lifter for advice. Those who don't, well, pay no mind to them. Lifting with good technique will keep you injury-free (as much as possible) and in the end will allow you to lift maximal poundage.
I consider myself as nothing special when it comes to poundage and thus I don't spout advice at the gym to anyone, I just try to get my stuff done and go home. As I mentioned before ITT, lifting is the one hobby I enjoy the most and I guess I'll still be hitting the gym 20 years from now - not injuring myself in the process is why I focus on technique.