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

  • blondjock

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    Aug 03, 2012 8:44 PM GMT
    i was once that skinny kid new to the weight room.
    i remember being intimated by all the hot bodies. with hard work, people will soon be admiring you!
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    Aug 03, 2012 8:47 PM GMT
    kevinsbeach saidI think good for them. They're investing into their fitness and health. Most of the time I'm not paying all that much attention to who and what someone looks like at the gym though. I'm too in my own world and zone.


    I completely agree. People looking at you and judging you is all in your head. The gym ain't a sorority.
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    Aug 03, 2012 9:00 PM GMT

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  • SoDakGuy

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    Aug 03, 2012 9:36 PM GMT
    Makes me happy to see them pushing hard!

    JumpMan_Josh saidI'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 9:50 PM GMT
    Someone improving themselves is always admirable. 'Nuff said. icon_biggrin.gif
  • josephmovie

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    Aug 03, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    When you are younger you tend to be more self conscious and think that more people are aware of you than they actually are, but the reality is that most people at the gym might think about other gymgoers for approximately 10 seconds before going back to thinking about themselves, their routine and their own lives.

    Also, if you become a regular attendee most people there will see you as "that young guy at the gym" regardless of what you look like.
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    Aug 03, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    first of all, I really doubt anyone judges guys our age (I think you're 20 too?) for being thinner or less muscular. the average 20 year old guy isn't very muscular. it's weird when they are because most people don't lift hard as 13 year olds so they haven't had a lot of time to build muscle...

    so you have people who a) think it's great you want to get huuuge and b) people who don't care either way.

    also make sure you eat, eat, eat if you're naturally thin with low body fat! the muscle comes from food, weight lifting just stimulates the growth.
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:00 PM GMT
    Thanks all for the support everyone! I just have a quick question regarding diet.

    I'm pretty freaking poor. I try to get as much fish, eggs, oats, and veggies in me as possible. However, I know its not enough for huge gains. Do you think ill still make decent improvement even though I won't be getting 1g of protein for every 1lb of bodyweight?
  • jim_sf

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    Aug 03, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidThanks all for the support everyone! I just have a quick question regarding diet.

    I'm pretty freaking poor. I try to get as much fish, eggs, oats, and veggies in me as possible. However, I know its not enough for huge gains. Do you think ill still make decent improvement even though I won't be getting 1g of protein for every 1lb of bodyweight?


    Oh sweet Jesus yes. If you've never touched a weight before, then you will make astounding gains to start with (as long as you develop good basic habits and stick with it).
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    I think they're taking an important step toward achieving a healthier body icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:10 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidThanks all for the support everyone! I just have a quick question regarding diet.

    I'm pretty freaking poor. I try to get as much fish, eggs, oats, and veggies in me as possible. However, I know its not enough for huge gains. Do you think ill still make decent improvement even though I won't be getting 1g of protein for every 1lb of bodyweight?


    i think 1g/lb is excessive, try 1.5g/kg of bodyweight.

    frozen chicken breasts could help if you need cheap protein sources - they're about 25g apiece and come in packs of about 7 for $5-6.

    keep in mind you can only absorb ~40g of protein or so in about an hour time period.

    and lastly a high-protein diet is very hard on the kidneys, so drink a shit ton of water
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:11 PM GMT
    I'm the skinny guy so watch what you say guys.
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:20 PM GMT
    I believe most guys won't give it a second thought. In fact most guys would be happy to give you pointers if you ask. I've wondered what others think of me all my life, but at the end I realize that it really doesn't matter what others think of you, but rather what you think of yourself and how you feel about yourself. Besides, you totally belong icon_smile.gif keep us updated!
  • FireDoor211

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    Aug 03, 2012 11:22 PM GMT
    Im always excited and supportive of anyone who wishes to start an exercise program. Seeing someone work on improving themselves inspires me to want to do my best, and set a good positive example for them. I would probably see a guy like you at the gym and feel compelled to introduce myself and give pointers to help you along your way.

    If I were you I wouldn't even consider what other people at the gym may be thinking. You are there to improve your self for your own reasons. It's not for anyone else to judge. So if anyone seems annoyed by you, shrug it off. Chances are, they were once skinny or out of shape themselves, and Gould have no right to judge you. Soon enough, u'll be benching them!

    Keep with it!
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    Aug 03, 2012 11:23 PM GMT
    It annoys me because it reminds me too much of my past self, but I'm happy for them at the same time.
  • EricLA

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    Aug 03, 2012 11:31 PM GMT
    I think more highly of skinny/out of shape guys at the gym than those who complain but do nothing. The guys at the gym at least get some credit for effort. As has already been said, you have to start somewhere. Sure, a lot of people find the gym intimidating and think they need a gym body before they can step one foot in the gym. But, that's just not rational.

    My biggest suggestion is that you should not be afraid of asking for help. If you don't know how to use a piece of equipment, you shouldn't be using it. Ideally, you should have a trainer your first 2-3 sessions so you can learn what you're doing. Yes, after investing in a gym membership paying even more for a trainer is painful, but if you're doing an exercise incorrectly at best you'll not slow any progress or at worst you'll injure yourself. Believe me, I had the benefit of a trainer, and it made a big difference. And now I try to stop newbies when I see them doing something really wrong.

    If we're talking about you specifically, I think you look fine. I'd suspect you were just really lean.
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    Aug 04, 2012 12:26 AM GMT
    Seriously? It would never occur to me to judge someone's workouts based on their appearance.
  • jim_sf

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    Aug 04, 2012 12:34 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    Scruffypup saidSeriously? It would never occur to me to judge someone's workouts based on their appearance.
    You forget you're on the most judgmental site to ever grace the internets.


    Uh, no, sorry. That's a tie between 4chan and freerepublic.com.
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    Aug 04, 2012 12:40 AM GMT
    Trollileo said
    jim_stl said
    Trollileo said
    Scruffypup saidSeriously? It would never occur to me to judge someone's workouts based on their appearance.
    You forget you're on the most judgmental site to ever grace the internets.


    Uh, no, sorry. That's a tie between 4chan and freerepublic.com.
    I think Reddit's worse than 4chan.


    Touché.
  • LJay

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    Aug 04, 2012 12:48 AM GMT
    I'd say good on ya!

    But I'd also say that I always wonder about slim guys who may be overly concerned about bulk per se. Sure, you may want to round out a little, but the best physique, to me, is one you can maintain healthily and over time. The worst thing you could do is to gain a lot and have it turn to fat.

    Anyway, enjoy yourself and keep up your good looks!
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    Aug 04, 2012 12:53 PM GMT
    Id say thats awesome I need to go to the gym more often too Im not gonna judge someone for trying I still have some work to do myself I think going to the gym can be a liberating experinence but maybe alittle intimdating and sometimes it brings out insecurities of people cause your always comparing yourself to others. But who cares focus on you and your goals screw what other people think if someone wants to help by all means but good attuide dont let anyone get in the way of your goals getting there it takes times and hard work keep it up
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    Aug 04, 2012 1:16 PM GMT
    Going to the gym sending a crystal clear message ..
    "I am here to improve my health and appearance"..
    I see chubby guys, skinny guys, huge guys that are trying to cut, lean guys that are trying to bulk up a bit..
    I consider this..'Motivation'
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    Aug 04, 2012 1:18 PM GMT
    guys that are there for the right reasons usually dont people watch, only time I've ever been approached by a guy at the gym was to spot him. which I was nervous as hell cuz he was hot
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    Aug 06, 2012 11:41 PM GMT
    There are a lot of different types of guys at the gym I go to...I was nervous when I started too, in fact it took me a year working out at home before I made the attempt. Most of the guys there are really nice (usually they are straight), some are nice eye candy.

    As long as you research a bit to know how to reach your goals, you should be fine at the gym...enjoy it, and dont be afraid to ask for help if you're unsure of something.