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I walked into Xtreme Hardcore gym 4 years ago, a skinny-fat boi with no idea what a deadlift was. My social skills were awkward at best, and I never saw myself as somebody worth investing in.
Then you came along. You saw me struggling under a 30 kg bench press, and pulled that weight off me before I wrecked myself further. You then proceeded to check off I was alright, and teach me the ways of the gym.
I remember you teaching me how to bench, to deadlift, to brace my core every time I did a full body compound exercise. I remember you being that guy in the gym who happened to be strong AND ripped all year long. Not only that, you got along with everybody, always gently motivating everybody who came across your path. To me, you were Jesus with a six pack and a killer physique.
And so I found my first friend in the gym.
You kept me coming, even though our schedules were different, and I kept going because I desperately wanted to change, and maybe because some part of me just wanted to impress you somehow. You motivated me to believe in myself, to believe that I had the power to become someone better, and that I could do it through sheer hard work, dedication, and that the only thing in my way was myself.
We may have gone our separate ways in life, but running into you at the gym yesterday was like the first day we met. I always remembered it like that: you the teacher, and I the student.
Maybe, to me, it will always remain that way, despite how everything's changed.
There's a saying (Macklemore):
"You die twice, once when they bury you in the ground, and the second when everyone's forgotten you." You believed in me when nobody believed that I ever stood a chance of becoming somebody better. You inspired me to attempt transcending my limitations because I had to. In a way, you gave me hope.
I will do my best to pass on all that you taught me, to inspire others, to help people, because that's how we live on even after we fade away. We live on in the legacies that we pass on.
I'm know the lads at Xtreme Hardcore gym will say the same thing. I know that I do.
Thanks. -"Nigel" Ng Chern Xi
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