Whats the best way to ask guys on this site for workout advice?

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    Dec 09, 2014 8:49 AM GMT
    Hey i'm looking to get into really great shape and I really want to start asking people for advice about workout routines and diets. Whats the best way to start that kind of conversation and what should I avoid? I just don't want to sound like some sort of creep or something.

    Any advice would be helpful! Thank you
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    Dec 09, 2014 1:22 PM GMT
    Well, in my personal opinion, having had people ask on occasion, it's simple.

    "Your (fill in the blank here) really inspires me - I'm trying to improve in the gym - do you mind me asking if you have any pointers?"

    Good old-fashioned politeness goes a long way. After all, this *is* RealJock - if someone is going to get offended because you compliment them on their build, they are on the wrong site icon_smile.gif

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    Dec 09, 2014 1:43 PM GMT
    Be HOT!!
  • johnnyqhomo7

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    Dec 09, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    Yeah, im trying to get into shape myself, but don't know where to start...
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 09, 2014 2:28 PM GMT
    You just asked. When I first started lifting I read a book by Bill Phillips. I think he still has a website. I remember not signing up for anything, but he had a good list of exercises. There are some decent workout advice on here too. The thing that helped main the beginning was having a lifting/gym partner. Both of us motivated each other. Also never workout with more than 1 other person. Too much rest time between sets.
    You have a great frame you will see results soon because you don't have excess weight to lose. Just ask anyone here a question. If they are a decent person they will respond if not frigg them and move on.
    Good luck and stick with it!
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    Dec 09, 2014 4:02 PM GMT
    needsomebodytohold saidHey i'm looking to get into really great shape and I really want to start asking people for advice about workout routines and diets. Whats the best way to start that kind of conversation and what should I avoid? I just don't want to sound like some sort of creep or something.

    Any advice would be helpful! Thank you


    Wait, you want advice on how to ask a question? Just ask the question!
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    Dec 09, 2014 4:06 PM GMT
    avoid 99% bro science. Do your own research too, the googles whatever.
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    Dec 09, 2014 4:13 PM GMT
    Some guys in the gym are busy and rushed - trying to concentrate on their work out. Others are busy too - but happy to take a few minutes to answer questions and share some suggestions. (I'm in the latter group). When I started lifting, I was lucky to have water polo coaches there to show me (and the whole team) exactly what they wanted us to do to achieve results. So I'm fine with sharing some information whenever I'm asked. I'd say if you see a guy who has a look you want to achieve (either here on R.J. or at your gym), just ask if he has a moment, & ask him a couple of questions.

  • buddycat

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    Dec 09, 2014 8:31 PM GMT
    Truth is, little knowledge is needed and I have not had much luck here. Surprisingly, it seems some members actually have little interest in diet and fitness. It is just a matter of doing it. With all the information on the Internet and all the instructional videos on You Tube, you should be able to find out what you need to know.
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    Dec 09, 2014 11:26 PM GMT
    As others have suggested, go for the guys with similar height and body type and ask them. But don't be silly by just asking their "exercise routine". You also have to EAT. Ask about nutrition.
  • Destinharbor

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    Dec 09, 2014 11:39 PM GMT
    bachian saidAs others have suggested, go for the guys with similar height and body type and ask them. But don't be silly by just asking their "exercise routine". You also have to EAT. Ask about nutrition.

    This^^^is it. Find a profile and just message them telling why you picked them. Most guys are friendly. Alternatively, just describe here what you're hoping to achieve and ask in forums. Be specific about your current size and age, etc, and what your goals are. You'll get feedback.
  • buddycat

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    Dec 10, 2014 12:03 AM GMT
    johnnyqhomo7 saidYeah, im trying to get into shape myself, but don't know where to start...


    There are exercises on this site, Bodybuilding.com, and on You Tube. I found You Tube to be the most useful. People on this site have posted You Tube videos in the past and have watched them. Well ChuckyStud did mention about inclined bench being better than flat, so I started including that in my work out.
  • FredMG

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    Dec 10, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    The first step is to identify some goals, like build muscle or have an idea of what outcome you want; looking like a fitness model is a lot different than looking like a power lifter.

    And even though it never hurts to ask someone one on one, try looking through the forums to see if there's s similar topic, and delve into that.

    Hope what I said helps.
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    Dec 10, 2014 3:30 AM GMT
    Yeah, it's easier to ask people broad questions instead of reading articles on bodybuilding.com and watching trainer vids on YouTube because there's a lot of (mis)information out there. But by not being specific you're asking a bit much of people.

    The simple answer is this:

    Do your research on bodybuilding.com and YouTube FIRST. Then come to us with specific questions the answers to which you couldn't find on your own.

    An even simpler answer is this:

    Start with vids of YouTube trainer Vic Costa (www.vicsnatural.com) and proceed from there. Though most people will recommend more popular YouTube personalities like "Scooby1961" and Scott Herman.
  • buddycat

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    Dec 10, 2014 3:50 AM GMT
    There is some Asian guy on YouTube that is on the cover of Muscle and Fitness. I have tried some of his exercises.