Well, finally my blog, where I can share my knowledge and experiences after 25 years “involved” in the world of fitness; 1987 was precisely the year in which the CD Metropolitano gym was born and where I have been practicing for 16 years.
As a BUP student, I was 16 years old, and I became interested in gyms, when here in Madrid, my hometown, there were few bodybuilding practitioners in the neighborhood. Then the gyms were small, strange were those that reached 300 square meters, including the changing rooms, and hardly had static bikes, needless to say, plate machines; Of course, we had the most basic, bars, many bars and dumbbells and, above all, a huge desire to pound ourselves, training hard, very hard. I remember that in the humble gym where I started, the apparatus had a skewer in the center, where we put the discs: come on, to give you an idea, it was like making a hole in the bread to prepare a hot dog. As for the showers, what can I tell you, nothing to do with what you see today in your gym; they had only four dishes and little else.
In those times, as I have already told you, there were not many regulars at the gym, being mostly young people trying to sculpt their bodies in the image and likeness of the unforgettable protagonists of Conan or Rambo (we barely knew how to pronounce their last names, the legendary Schwarzenegger and Stallone ); Seeing them on the big screen was a real motivation and each of their films was an inexhaustible source of support for hard training. In those days the Internet did not exist and it was bodybuilding magazines and an American book that were our only sources of information, and they told us about the squat, barbell curl, French press, protein, carbohydrates, amino acids. At first, as you can imagine, everything sounded Chinese to us. Do you think the protein shake flavors were like now? What was dissolving like now? Ha ha, they tasted like reinforced concrete, (a kilo was worth 500 pts, let’s go 3 euros, but at that time it was a paston) and what to dissolve, what to tell you, as you did not clear the glass in time, you had to throw it, that you no longer removed it even with sandpaper of 4. Names like Top 60, Development, arginine, ornithine, Dayamineral and vitamin C made up our supplementation 25 years ago. By the way, almost all of them were only sold in herbalists. Dayamineral and vitamin C made up our supplementation 25 years ago. By the way, almost all of them were only sold in herbalists. Dayamineral and vitamin C made up our supplementation 25 years ago. By the way, almost all of them were only sold in herbalists.
Since I started, until today, everything has changed a lot: the gyms, the very acceptable flavor supplementation, the almost impossible digital photo books and magazines, the internet and the emergence of the figure of personal trainer, has dramatically changed the panorama and have fact that bodybuilding has established itself strongly in our country. Even that “gross” bodybuilder with an impossible pronunciation name, Schwarzenegger, has been governor of California, the eighth most powerful economy in the world.
And the few of us who took the world of gyms seriously, have become today a true legion. Join us.