A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from June 03, 2015
“If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending”

"If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending” is a weightlifting saying that has been printed on T-shirts and posters. “If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending” was cited in misc.fitness.weights in 1997.


Google Groups: misc.fitness.weights
MFW T-shirts again
Jon L. Grimes
6/15/97
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If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending (tho I am far from bending the bar myself)

Google Groups: misc.fitness.weights
need new routine
Watson Davis
3/2/99
(...)
Remember, if the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending.

Bodybuilding.com Forum
Cubs2WinItAll
05-08-2009, 08:55 PM
If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending
true story

Twitter
Christine Simmons
‏@SimmonsFitness
If the bars not bending, you’re just pretending…
3:46 PM - 27 Jul 2009

Twitter
Dean Kietzmann
‏@DeanKietzmann
if the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending!
12:09 AM - 3 Nov 2009

Twitter
Carlos Matesanz
‏@Carlos_Storm
new record on deadlifts! life is good! “if the bar ain’t bending you’re just pretending!”
11:21 AM - 22 Jul 2010

Twitter
Ben Lauder-Dykes
‏@BenLauderDykes
@UKTeam_Optimum #TrueStrength #Back ‘If the bar ain’t bending, you’re just pretending!’ http://yfrog.com/h4fbhunfj
6:48 AM - 28 Apr 2011

Twitter
Fernie Gonzalez
‏@im_fernilicious
My NEW moto for squats....If the bar ain’t bending you’re just pretending #Grrrrr
12:01 AM - 14 Sep 2011

TheGymLifestyle.com
Top 100 Gym Quotes
By TheGymLifestyle on December 20, 2012 @TheGymLifestyle
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. If the bar ain’t bending you‘re just pretending

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The GYM
September 9, 2014 ·
If the bar aint bending. You’re just pretending. 352 lbs deadlift.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityExercise/Running/Health Clubs • Wednesday, June 03, 2015 • Permalink