How you know you’ve been accepted and “made it” at the hardcore Meathead Gym full of PowerLifters and BodyBuilders I go to:
He does the same after he finishes his set. Another regular may also work in without having to ask. You do the same thing if you arrive later. Also applies to Deadlift platform and all bodyweight stations.
This may or may not result in a farmers walk race to rack the 45s across the gym. She’s quick as fuck, even though the two 45s she’s hauling are almost equivalent to her body weight.
You actually get pretty hyped up about it and wind up stopping to watch then screaming encouragements the whole time. Fist bump and possible Bro Hug before returning to your work out.
You do the same when you see some douchebag trying to swipe equipment.
If she makes a cringe face and motions towards someone who won’t leave her alone, you make eye contact with him and maintain it. You stare him down until he goes away.
Bonus points if she updates you on her latest Gym PR or Work Project.