by Roger LaPointe
I got the coolest photo the other day. It is Maurice “The French Angel” Tillet. Just having a space to lift in is not enough. There a lots of gyms that have no soul. There are lots of gyms that are sterile and faceless or just fake and seem to be pandering to a certain client. What you have to do is create a lifter’s atmosphere.
“Oh My God!” laughed Andy as he walked up. I hung that framed photo at the top of the stairs leading to my office.
“That brightened my day. I was dragging. That is funny. Thank you.” Andy, my assistant, couldn’t say enough.
You have to create a real lifter’s atmosphere to get the attitude right. I happened to get that frame out of an old barn in the middle of nowhere Ohio. All I needed to do was blast it with the air compressor and it was ready to Tillet’s face, or as ready as anything could be. What a mug on that guy!
I have two jobs going right now that include photos or posters or other customized art for different facilities. Sure, having great equipment helps make for a feel in a gym, but operating rooms have expensive stuff too. Great does not necessarily mean expensive, or on the other end, cheapee homemade. Of course, homemade CAN be great. For some gyms, having a Giant Circus Hammer hanging on the wall would be enough and in others it would be lost. I stick with the Supreme Court on this one, when it comes to cool, I know it when I see it.