Honestly, what do you think of someone who is skinny/out of shape at a gym and weight lifting.

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:06 PM GMT
    I'm going to begin weight lifting/bulking soon as I want to get my chest and arms bigger. I have never touched a weight in my life. I've simply doing isometric and bodyweight exercises to get the results I have now. I'm currently 5'7 and 142 lbs.

    I'm going to do SS (Starting Strength) as that's most recommended, and try to bulk the best I can. I'm researching form right now so I don't fuck something up, but the whole idea of gyms creeps me out a bit.

    Hear me out, I'm usually pretty confident in myself and nothing is going to stop me of reaching my goal, but the last time I went to a gym I found myself pretty intimidated. Most were out of shape soccer moms and older guys, but a handful of people were huge, built, guys who could bench 3 of me. It made me wonder what they're thinking when they see a skinny guy like me hitting the weights right after them.

    So... this is for people who hit the gym often: What do you think of someone who is skinny/out of shape and starts lifting weights at the gym. Does it annoy you or does it make you proud for the person.

    Like I said before nothing will stop me from reaching my goal, and I can't control what others think. I just wanted to know what usual gym-goers think.

    Thanks,

    Josh
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    Everybody has to start somewhere. If anything, "good on ya, mate.". Unless you're hogging a piece of equipment. Then, "get the fuck out of my way, bitch.". icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:11 PM GMT
    I was a scrawny 150 lbs (at 5'11") when I started lifting, so I think about how I felt when I see guys who are just starting. No judgement here!
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    I say: "Good for you!" icon_smile.gif You're trying to improve yourself and be healthier which are noble goals.

    I'm a fat guy trying to do the same thing and hope, for the most part, that I get the same consideration. ^^,
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:17 PM GMT
    showme saidEverybody has to start somewhere. If anything, "good on ya, mate.". Unless you're hogging a piece of equipment. Then, "get the fuck out of my way, bitch.". icon_wink.gif


    THIS!

    Remember, YOU BELONG!!! Don't let anybody make you feel "less than". Do this for YOU!
  • DCguy2001

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    You are already in better shape than most guys so you have nothing to worry about when you step in the gym. Plus don't don't worry about that handful of super big guys - when I see guys like that, I figure it's an opportunity for good eye candy and it also helps motivate me to work harder.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    I started super skinny when I started lifting in high school. It takes time, effort and diet management, but you can get stronger and build up bulk... I know I'm on my way. icon_wink.gif

    Good Luck, Josh!
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:22 PM GMT
    I wouldn't give it a second thought.
  • jim_sf

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    showme saidEverybody has to start somewhere. If anything, "good on ya, mate.". Unless you're hogging a piece of equipment. Then, "get the fuck out of my way, bitch.". icon_wink.gif


    Bingo. Most people at the gym are there to work out, not gawk, so as long as you're not being obnoxious then you won't have an issue. (P.S.: don't be obnoxious.)
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:28 PM GMT
    jim_stl said
    showme saidEverybody has to start somewhere. If anything, "good on ya, mate.". Unless you're hogging a piece of equipment. Then, "get the fuck out of my way, bitch.". icon_wink.gif


    Bingo. Most people at the gym are there to work out, not gawk, so as long as you're not being obnoxious then you won't have an issue. (P.S.: don't be obnoxious.)


    I couldn't be obnoxious if I tried. I'm very quiet and to myself unless approached anyway.


    Thanks for all your insight guys. This is certainly making me feel better about going to the gym :-)
  • d694485

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:31 PM GMT
    I feel self-conscious too because I'm skinny as well! It is kinda intimidating but just focus on your business and you'll be fine. You can't really tell what anyone else is thinking anyway.
  • SkyMiles

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:34 PM GMT
    Lol...just be cool -- don't throw eight tractor wheels on the bench press unless you can actually lift it. Use the equipment the way it was MEANT to be used. Don't be screaming like your leg's caught in a bear trap, and if you leave a pool of sweat, wipe it off! icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    Yea, just focus on what you're there for.

    I try not to negatively judge anyone at the gym. Though sometimes there are those bitches that hog the machines I need to use.
  • jim_sf

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    Colbert_Nation saidLol...just be cool -- don't throw eight tractor wheels on the bench press unless you can actually lift it. Use the equipment the way it was MEANT to be used. Don't be screaming like your leg's caught in a bear trap, and if you leave a pool of sweat, wipe it off! icon_razz.gif


    or, in other words, "don't be obnoxious". ;)
  • camfer

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:35 PM GMT
    Honestly I don't think anything at all about a stranger's body type in the weight room. Unless he's way hot, lol.

    Don't worry about what other people think. Most of them aren't thinking about you.
  • xysx

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    makes me feel like I'm in good company for lifting less than the guy who has_____(fill in the blank: better genes, bone structure, body type; stronger; younger; longer lifting history, etc ) And there will always be guys on that side of the spectrum. I admire the impetus and motivation of all guys working to improve themselves and their health. I try not to compare myself to either end of the spectrum.. Just don't be a douche. Learn proper gym etiquette and you'll be surprised at how many people will welcome you.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:37 PM GMT
    i have respect for anyone in the gym thats there to self improve....skinny, fat or a guy thats in incredible shape already. it takes a lot of guts to get in there when you know you aren't looking your best. cheers
  • GWriter

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    Aug 03, 2012 5:38 PM GMT
    Lots of good advise here. Be modest but work hard and people will respect you. You may even get some friendly, helpful tips.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:39 PM GMT
    As long as your appearance is cleanish and you're not doing anything rude or obnoxious you won't grab unwanted attention. Good luck dude and do work!
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:45 PM GMT
    I think it's just great. I feel the same way about fat people on treadmills.
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    Aug 03, 2012 5:55 PM GMT
    I'm really inspired by seeing skinny or out of shape people come to the gym; especially if they're really putting in the work every day. It helps me get through those days where I'm frustrated and/or not as motivated as I want to be. I think it's great. Stick with it man. It becomes addicting after a while.
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:03 PM GMT
    ya what everyone else has already said. I was really sick for a while, had surgery, etc. and was 5'11 and 127 pounds icon_eek.gif I was a walking skeleton basically lol anyways I went to the gym and the number of guys there who were buff who were willing to help me out was really nice. It really helped motivate me more. Most guys there understand where you're coming from. I'm 170 pounds now (which is big for me lol) and sure as hell don't judge anyone at the gym - I just think "wow, good for him/her" Total respect for people who work at it!
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:04 PM GMT
    I think it is awesome!
  • Flamesoul

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    Aug 03, 2012 6:05 PM GMT
    Yeah, that's a question I wasn't brave enough to ask up here. I was/still am always woried about what people think about me when I go to the gym, since I'm fat and stuff...

    But it seems that other people mostly either don't care and don't think about it,

    or they think that it's a good thing that I'm trying to become healthier.

    I'd imagine it's the same for everyone ?
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    Aug 03, 2012 6:08 PM GMT
    All the bigger guys understand that you have to start somewhere. They all had to start somewhere too so don't be intimidated! Also, SS 5x5 is awesome. We have similar body types and that routine works great.