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

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    Aug 06, 2012 11:48 PM GMT
    showme saidEverybody has to start somewhere. If anything, "good on ya, mate." icon_wink.gif


    Truth. I used to see this obese girl running around the park a few years ago. And sure i had the "gross" thought the first couple times. But then one day I was like... That girl is out here every time I come, and my running schedule was whenever it was convenient. So she had to be busting her butt all the time, because she was working hard enough to break a sweat...

    Everytime since then, she put a smile on my face and made me work harder, honestly. Because the truth is, she probably had more discipline than I did.

    I've learned to shut my mouth, and it doesn't matter what they look like, but purely their efforts. I am a weakling and still in need of a lot of training myself.
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    Aug 06, 2012 11:58 PM GMT
    Hey guys I have a quick question. My buddy is moving so he decided to hand me his weight set over. Right now the bar and weights only seem to be in good condition so I grabbed those up. He has about 150lbs worth of weights and I have some more at home.

    My question is: Is there any exercises I can do with just this bar + weights that work my chest/arms?

    Thanks

    Also I've bought some whey protein, fish, eggs, and steak. I think I'm doing it right icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
    Anyone willing to pay the dues has my respect. Especially if they are out of shape or skinny.
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    Aug 07, 2012 12:11 AM GMT
    I'm happy to see guys in there working on their program. In my mind, I'm saying, "Good for you. Just keep coming - never give up." I was a skinny kid in high school many years ago, when I started lifting and getting into shape so I could play H20-polo. The coaching staff and my good friends helped me out - - - never made any cracks about my thinness........why would they? I applaud any guy in the gym working it!
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:31 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said Honestly, what do you think of someone who is skinny/out of shape at a gym and weight lifting.
    I LOL, because old guys offer more money to skinny guys than they do to muscle guys. icon_razz.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:39 AM GMT
    That's the reason I avoided the gym back in my old small Wisconsin town... Cause I would probably know most of the people that went and not liked most of the guys that went. So I felt like they'd probably judge me too much about what I lifted or whatever.

    But now that I moved down to a city where I know pretty much no one, I'm more comfortable going to the gym. I have been looking into gyms to find the best one around me. Hope to start soon!
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:45 AM GMT
    At my gym there are guys who have never worked out a day in their lives, roided bodybuilders, and everything in between. I really honestly don't give a shit about anyone in that spectrum or have any specific thoughts about any of them.
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    Aug 07, 2012 4:47 AM GMT
    We're all here to get better. No judgement.
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:01 AM GMT
    MuchoMasQueMusculo said
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    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.


    I've been going to the gym for over twenty years. Throughout that time not once have I ever heard anyone with a fit body make fun of someone else for not being so fit. I think overweight or even skinny people have this preconceived notion that athletic and/or muscular people are going around judging people who don't look like them. It's not the case.

    I have never done it and I have never heard anyone else comment negatively about other gym members.


    Yep.

    Truth is nobody really cares. Most in shape folks are happy for you to get to the gym. With a world of 7 billion folks, you honestly aren't that important to but a very small group of folks. That's reality. When I see someone who is morbidly obese though I ask now they could have done that to themselves...until...I see their grocery cart.
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh saidHey guys I have a quick question. My buddy is moving so he decided to hand me his weight set over. Right now the bar and weights only seem to be in good condition so I grabbed those up. He has about 150lbs worth of weights and I have some more at home.

    My question is: Is there any exercises I can do with just this bar + weights that work my chest/arms?

    Thanks

    Also I've bought some whey protein, fish, eggs, and steak. I think I'm doing it right icon_cool.gif


    Sure!
    Barbell curls for biceps.
    Barbell military press for mostly shoulders
    Barbell bench press (you probably need *some* kind of a bench to do this, and keep the weight light if you don't have a proper weight bench and rack)

    did you get any dumbbells too?
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:42 AM GMT
    chuckystud said
    MuchoMasQueMusculo 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.


    I've been going to the gym for over twenty years. Throughout that time not once have I ever heard anyone with a fit body make fun of someone else for not being so fit. I think overweight or even skinny people have this preconceived notion that athletic and/or muscular people are going around judging people who don't look like them. It's not the case.

    I have never done it and I have never heard anyone else comment negatively about other gym members.


    Yep.

    Truth is nobody really cares. ...
    Short, simple, and totally on point. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:51 AM GMT
    well done you for getting along there and making an effort . . . dont let anyone try to put you off! go for it and encourage your friends icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 07, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    they need to star somewhereicon_biggrin.gif
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:13 PM GMT
    Honesly, we were ALL there once man. If your there to work out, then your there to work out. The gym isn't a place for social judgement and interaction.. and if your there for a goal, then nobody has the right to judge you.

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    Aug 22, 2012 7:24 PM GMT
    i usually smile or nod at them. everyone needs encouragement. no one started out muscular, and the gym can be an intimidating place, especially when there are lots of serious people around. so i think encouraging people like that makes it that much easier to come back and stick to their goals. i got that kind of encouragement from gym bunnies. there's a really hot big guy who i admired from a far, and eventually he became friends, spotters, or occasional workout buddies.

    just don't hog my equipment! ARGGGH! (i kid)



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    Aug 23, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    good form will help you from gettin hurt..... lots of basic lifts when you first start out - major muscle group ..... plenty of time to isloate muscles later..... eat...... eat...... a lot..... spread it out over the day....... everyone was there once......
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    Keep your self-confidence. Talk to others about how to progress - folks may be buff but they usually like to share knowledge. I used to be that skinny guy. We all started somewhere at sometime. Don't give up. Ever.
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    Aug 23, 2012 9:51 PM GMT
    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

    As a trainer I'll tell you right now- way to go! And screw what anyone else thinks.One of the things that always amazes me is how terrified people are of being judged.Here's something to make you feel better-those guys you wish you looked like? I cannot count the number of times they come up to me and tell me how much they dislike how they look.Totally amazes me.... my answer is usually "Your 23 what the Hell are you worried about?"
    You go to the Gym for YOU not so you can be judged by a bunch of strangers. Chin up , straight ahead and never be afraid to ask anyone working in the Gym for advice..if its a good Gym their staff are going to be customer service oriented..community centres will usually be the best.
    Stop worrying about that others think, that gets easier to do as you get older!!!
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:01 PM GMT
    I think- 'That is another person, like me, working out. I would imagine they wish to become stronger and bigger, if so they would appear to be doing an appropriate activity in an appropriate context.'
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    I think it's a beautiful thing. Everyone is on a different track/journey. Not everyone is judging others harshly at the gym. For me it's never been about competing with other people but then again I approach it in a more holistic way.
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    I'm usually very impressed, and I usually pull for the person secretly. We all started there at some point (no one is born with massive muscles).
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:25 PM GMT
    When I first started going to the gym, I felt like everyone knew what they were doing but me. The best advise I can give is just go for it and don't care what you might think people are thinking about you

    Chances are they're more focused on their own workout. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    I used to be that guy (see my "before" pic), so when I see someone who is skinny like I was I have respect for him for getting into the weight room and working to improve himself. It was not easy for me to overcome the embarassment of being so skinny.
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    i think "aww, i remember when i was him"
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    Aug 23, 2012 10:32 PM GMT
    I think, good job.