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Gym of Dreams: Mike
|�Coach, I won�t be in town this weekend. I�m going off with Sam and Armstrong. We have a vacation planned, my first one in almost 3 years.� I tell my coach. �Don�t worry; I�m sure that I will be working hard while I�m there. Sam and Armstrong aren�t ones to let me rest too long.�
Coach looks up at me and says, �I wish the rest of your teammates had as much dedication as you did. I tell all the JV players that they need to be like you if they want to start.� I say to coach, �Thanks. It�s all Sam and Armstrong though. I just moved the weight. They made me feel like I could do it.�
�Maybe I should get them to come down here and do strength training for the team.�
�I don�t think so. I mentioned it to them once, saying how there�s people who could use their guidance, and they said to me �They must make the first step and find us, like you did.� I don�t quite understand it, but I guess what they mean is you really have to want to change before they can help. I remember I was at my wits� end when I first met them. If I wasn�t, I doubt I would�ve stuck around after that first night.�
My mind wanders back to that night; the haircut, Armstrong shocking me with his huge size and me discovering things about myself I never knew. If someone wasn�t desperate or willing, they would�ve ran out the locker room screaming after Armstrong started roaring. I guess what they said is true. They must find the gym and first.
��.next game.� Coach says as I get startled out of my daydream.
�I said we�re starting on defensive end the next game.�
�Cool! Thanks coach!�
�You�re the best man for the job Big Mike, what did you expect?�
�Still, it�s a giant honor.� I look at my watch. �Geez, is that the time? I gotta get to the gym.�
�Tell the guys I said hello and I hope they send me more guys like you.�
I laugh as I run out the door and towards my car.
I arrive at the gym slightly late. Armstrong and Sam have already done their warm up sets and I need to catch up. They�ve already set aside a spot and preloaded a bar for me. I scream, �I�m late but I�m sure as hell going be giving it my all� The guys in the gym laugh a bit as I sprint to the locker room. One quick change later and I�m back on the floor. Sam and Armstrong pause for a bit and help some of the other lifters while I catch up on my warm ups. I take them slow as usual, taking care not to injure myself. Sam is helping a guy with his one rep max on the bench and Armstrong is growling �Push, don�t give up!� at a guy doing squats.
Home Sweet Home.
I finish up my warm up just as Sam and Armstrong finish helping out. They walk back to where we�re doing back exercises. Sam pats me on the shoulder and says, �Had a good day big man?� Armstrong starts lifting as I recant the days� events. Sam gives me a thumbs up as Armstrong says, �Bout time they saw your skill.� He grunts out the last rep and switches off to Sam. �So,� Armstrong continues, �ready for this weekend?� I smile as I say, �Yeah, haven�t went to any beaches in a while. Been hanging out with you two guys for the last few years.�
�Yeah,� Sam grunts, �We thought it was a good time for a vacation.� Armstrong responds, �Yeah, we�re going shopping today for stuff, you�ll probably enjoy it a bit.� Sam stands up and laughs a bit. �I still remember my first time shopping with this big lug,� he chuckles, �it was a day I�ll never forget.� I get ready to do my set, wondering what Sam could possibly mean. I know these guys; they always have something interesting up their sleeves. I smile, knowing this is gonna be a fun day.
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