Working out is hard work. Anyone who doesn't agree is either, a) lying, or b) not pushing themselves hard enough. But going to the gym isn't just physically tiring -- it's mentally exhausting too. And some days are just going to be bad days.
That's what happened when one Redditor went to the gym alone for the first time. He had an off day, and some of his fellow gym-goers decided to be macho jerks about it. He posted about his "demoralizing" experience on Reddit.
"First exercise was squatting. I warmed up with 55 then started 65 for the 5x5. Everything went pretty well until the last rep on the fourth set. Took a nasty spill and landed on my right knee to prevent myself from falling backwards. A couple people laughed. That hurt more than falling down," he wrote.
"I know everyone experiences failure once in a while," he added, "but having it served to me firsthand coupled with people laughing just destroyed my confidence."
Okay, so who do we have to beat the eff up?! No one, we repeat, NO ONE should ever make you feel like a failure. Especially at the gym! Why? Because as we've previously established, working out is really hard, and the only way you're going to get stronger is to fail a few times.
But don't take our word for it. Listen to former Governor and seven-time Mr. Olympia champion Arnold Schwarzenegger, who hopped on Reddit -- as he's done a few times before -- to give this guy a much-needed pep-talk.
"Someone told me about this. I hope I'm not too late here, I'm traveling, but I wanted to chime in," Schwarzenegger wrote in reply to the Redditor's story. "I always say don't be afraid of failure, because how far can you really fall? You found out -- to the ground. It's right there. Now you know it isn't anything that should scare you."
"You should be proud that you weren't afraid -- not embarrassed that you failed," he added. "You could have made excuses not to walk into the door, but you didn't. You knew it would be hard, and it would be uncomfortable, and it might be awkward -- and you did it anyway. That's courage. I'm proud of you."
Now that's what we call fitspo! So keep hitting the squat rack, and show those haters what's up.