Fitness Forums – The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

September 23, 2009

A few years ago I decided to visit a few fitness forums to give helpful advice. Unfortunately back then, there were only two types, hardcore bodybuilding forums or extremely generic health and fitness forums.

My experience with forums back then was a negative one. Luckily things are looking better on the fitness front. These days, there are several that are worth your time. I have a few suggestions of my own, but would love to use this post to create a growing list of good forums.

Feel free to add to my list in the comment section!


fitness forums

[On the Internet, you have to weed through a lot of pollution to find the good stuff. Once you find a good forum make sure and protect it and keep it from degrading into something bad.]

My Brief Experience With Forums Made Me to Start This Site

About two and a half years ago I was visiting various forums to discuss getting the lean “GQ” look. I went over to a popular bodybuilding forum and was about to make my post and I noticed a guy who attempted the same thing. He wanted to discuss how to get a physique like Brad Pitt from Fight Club.

Big mistake! I think he had over 100 nasty comments and was personally attacked for wanting to be what they called a “skinny wuss” (they used slightly different terminology).

I Couldn’t Believe Some of the Stuff I Was Reading…

The comments degraded into homophobic, sexist, and racial slurs. I decided to click away from that site and visit another popular bodybuilding forum, which wasn’t as big as this monster site but still had tons of comments.

Same thing over here! A guy posted a picture of Christian Bale from American Psycho and along came the attacking comments. I read another 4-5 more threads where guys wanted to get lean and a large portion of the members would go on the attack every time.

& None of These Forums Were Welcoming to Women

The funny thing about these forums is that they repel the average woman almost immediately.

Most women don’t want to see profile pictures of guys flexing in their parent’s basement…this is basically the equivalent of “female repellent”.

These same guys will claim that they don’t need a woman’s approval, don’t care what women think, yada…yada. Same old story of how guys justify their lack of success with women…after the fact. Pleasing the opposite sex isn’t the goal of getting fit, but people shouldn’t pretend like they don’t care at all.

I Started FBB to Discuss Advanced Tips in a Friendly Way

The irony about both of the two main bodybuilding forums I spoke about was that mixed in with the pollution were some extremely valuable tips and techniques. I decided to start a site that just talked about the advanced stuff, without all the negatives and cutting remarks.

I also wanted it to be welcoming to women and beginners, etc. Heck…I didn’t even require you to get oiled up and do a “most muscular” pose in your mom’s basement! In fact, that disqualifies you from commenting…no flexing of any sort allowed…this is a pose-free zone!

The Number One Thing to Look for In a Fitness Forum

An active moderator is the #1 thing you need to look for in a fitness forum. I can’t stress this enough.

The reason I don’t have a forum on this site, is that I don’t have enough time per day to moderate at the level I think would be needed. I believe any cutting or personal attacks should be immediately dealt with and any racist, sexist, or homophobic slurs would get someone permanently banned.

It would kill me if I had a site that had that type of content on it!

The Ideal Fitness Forum is Medium-Sized, but Very Active

If a forum gets too big, it becomes impossible to manage…plus it loses it’s focus. A medium sized forum is good, because it is easier to build a sense of community.

As long as the forum is really active it doesn’t matter how big the membership is. Now, if a moderator is exceptionally good at staying on top of things or there are several moderators…then big is fine.

So Before This Post Get’s Too Long, Here’s the Forum List…

I am going to list a few forums just to get this post rolling. I would love for people to add in their favorite forums in the comment section.

Like I mentioned before, many of the best forums are small-to-medium size…so I am sure there are some amazing ones I have never heard of.

Mark’s Daily Apple – Primal Forum
Mark Sisson is a guy who simply “gets it right”. His blog is outstanding as is his forum. This one is focused on things like the paleo diet, his “Primal Blueprint”, etc. It has a strong sense of community and the members help each other.

Body Recomposition
This one gets deep into technical fitness info. If you like getting into the deep science of fitness and want to “geek out” a bit…this is where you go. It is put together by one of my favorite fitness authors, Lyle McDonald.

Strong Lifts
Strong Lifts is a blog dedicated to strength training…so is the forum. It has a lot of topics (10,000+) so I am sure that there are a few negative things mixed in there, but overall the forum is well moderated.

The guy behind the site, Mehdi, lives in Belgium was very friendly when I communicated with him over email about a year ago.

 

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Jessica September 23, 2009 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Rusty,

Great sites, I love Mikes Daily Apple, the other’s I hadn’t heard of.

And thanks as well for helping to revolutionize this genre.

-Jess

Beat Schindler September 23, 2009 at 10:57 pm

Totally agree with the need of full-time master-of-ceremony. Every forum should have one (or two, to forestall abuse of power). It’s like a phone number. Unless you have professional phone service, why bother to hand out the number (for business purposes)? A forum isn’t a forum, it’s part of the total customer experience.
ps. a good model forum is steve pavlina’s (at stevepavlina.com)

Grok September 23, 2009 at 11:23 pm

A fine list Rusty!

Matt September 24, 2009 at 3:01 am

Again,

Excellent and relevant post Rusty.

Why not check out T-Nation… JOKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

speed xXx September 24, 2009 at 3:04 am

Rusty,

Thanks for such a great website. I make sure to visit it at least once a week if not more.

Rusty, I was wondering if you could please do a post on Ryan Kwanten (True Blood’s Jason Stackhouse) like you did on Cam Gigandet. He’s in triathlons big time and currently his phisique is my goel to achieve, and I think it’s awesome. Thanks.

luke September 24, 2009 at 4:37 am

Thanks for recommending forums. I’ve been on looking for quality ones for a while now.

Rafi Bar-Lev September 24, 2009 at 4:42 am

Rusty,

Thanks for endorsing Passionate Fitness! As far as I know, we’re the one of the only fitness sites on the net that offers fully customizable profiles (can even link your twitter updates and upload pictures), the ability to submit and read articles, forums and more!

As you know, I’m personally a huge follower of your blog and your support means a lot to me. We’re hoping to become the #1 meeting place of the fitness community on the net and hopefully your readers can help make that happen.

Cheers,

Rafi Bar-Lev
Founder and Creator of PassionateFitness.com

karie September 24, 2009 at 7:02 am

i completely agree with this post. I’m a member of many fitness forums and rarely post anymore b/c people are so nasty. Its like a group of bodybuilding bullys that attack anyone who says they don’t want to look like a bodybuilder. Not everyone wants to have muscles coming out the whazoo (espcially women) When i see posts like this in which people are attacking someone for their question or exercise ways, i just about always send them a private message to apologize for the behavior on the forum and then i share with them this website and the tips you recommend

pitt September 24, 2009 at 7:10 am

thanks rusty will look at these in a bit… i’ve been to rafi’s blog before from a link from your site… its good and interesting, esp his story about 6 pack abs… lol….

i’ve done the same thing in the past… searching the internet to ask for advice on getting the tyler durden look, and never back down… but ppl get so much **** from asking that in most sites…. after many hours later i found yours, and never left… so thanks a million again and please keep it up… =]

Jack September 24, 2009 at 7:34 am

Hi Rusty

I hace a question for you thats been on my mind for ages.

Is it possible to build up one muscle such as the chest whilst cutting the rest of the muscles.I sk this because right now im trying to drop BF% to get my abs out but im still concerned with the look of my upper chest and feel i should gain some more muscle there,but i dont want regain the fat.

Many Thanks
Jack

Richard September 24, 2009 at 8:19 am

Rusty i am surprised that you didn’t refer to dragondoor.com as i know you have visited it before. It is and has been, for around 10 years, the pre-eminent site for kettlebell training. On top of this there is a lot of discussion on strength training.

One thing for any readers here who have not visited it is that there are a lot of members who are focussed on skinny strength which is conducive to your GQ-esque physique focus. The key focus is strength and conditioning. As a result it is pretty body builder free 😉

I have been a member there for many years and have found it a very supportive environment. There is so much training knowledge there that it is like drinking from a fire hydrant.

In addition there is a nutrition forum that has interesting content. Of particular interest given your sensible promotion of intermittent fasting there are many members who follow the Warrior Diet and Eat Stop Eat.

I am a minimalist. I check two sites regularly. Your excellent Fitness Black Book and Dragondoor.

I am confident of hitting my goals and would like to thank you for your part in that.

Bill September 24, 2009 at 8:52 am

Hey Rusty,

Really Rockin’ with your Vacation Body Blueprint….thanks so much.
Being a busy husband, father, and wanting to be an example of health, as well as just plain look and feel great about myself….Your plan is helping make that real…the other half is in the Doing!

By the way, Super links, had already been reading Marks, the others, especially Passionate Fitness will become new favs.

Have a Great One!!

Bill

baz September 24, 2009 at 9:18 am

The very first time i came across this site was about an hour i watched the movie “I am legend”. I really wanted the type of physique that will smith had, so i typed in will smith i am legend weigh into google because i wanted to know how much he weighed so i had something to aim for. The first link that came up was fitness black book. I followed the link and it was exactly the site i had been looking for. It didnt have roided up gym junkies but rather the weights and simple hollywood physiques most people like me aim for. I am not interested in body building but to get a defined body which appeals to the opposite sex. I have to date not found a site which dedicates its content to looking sexy rather than big.

baz September 24, 2009 at 9:21 am

Except for this site i meant.

Hazard September 24, 2009 at 9:26 am

StrengthMill is an excellent forum, particularly Mark Rippetoes section. Mark can be a little harsh with his moderation and replies however there are a lot of knowledgable heads who are more than happy to dispense with solid and friendly advice – http://www.strengthmill.net/forum/

Mike Forester September 24, 2009 at 10:40 am

Hey Rusty,

Great site by the way it has transformed me and my point of view of fitness.
I do have a question though. I’ve lost about 35 to 40 lbs in the past 6 months and I’m fixing to turn 45. How long approximately would it take my skin to catch up with my body. I look pretty good down to my high school weight in fact, but my abs would look great once they shrink-wrap. I know if I was younger it would happen quicker. I guess that I need to focus on the process and not really the results and it’ll happen anyway and just stay lean year round.

Thanks Mike

The Spaniard September 24, 2009 at 11:09 am

I read your blog and that’s all. Once in a while I will check other fitness forums to see what’s new but I get bored quite easy with them.

The Spaniard September 24, 2009 at 11:16 am

Jason G, I have a question for you. It seems like the way you are working out is close to what I want to do for a while, so let me ask you something:
Let’s say I am going to do bench press, lat pulldown and shoulder press the same day…just those 3 exercises, and I am going to do in between 4 to 6 sets of 3 reps. What is better, to do all the sets for bench press with very little recovery time in between them, go to lat pulldowns and do the same thing and then finish with shoulder press or, do a circuit… 1 set of bench press, 1 set of lat pulldown, 1 set of shoulder press, rest and start all over again?

natalie September 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

This is a great site. I just stumbbled across it. Glad I did!

TonyK September 24, 2009 at 12:23 pm

I love Body Recomp. You can’t talk about someone who follows the latest scientific evidence without mentioning Lyle McDonald. FBB is like a place that takes that science and tailors it to make people look hawt. I’m really impressed with the level of knowledge you and Lyle possess.

BTW, awesome photo as always Rusty!

Patrick September 24, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Rusty,
Thanks for telling me exactly how you do your hiit intervals on the evil stepmill from hell. I’ll be honest, i didn’t think the 8 minute interval setting on level 20 could stop me. I was wrong, on the last few sprints, my legs were on fire. i am now convinced why you set it for 8 minutes. I actually set it for 12 minutes and had to stop after completing the 8 minutes because of the burn in legs. I love it! or maybe i should say it’s a love/hate relationship, i love to hate it. i believe that if you can do that interval setting level 20 sprint/level 10 walk for 15-20 minutes, then you have truly mastered that brutal machine. Thanks again, and I will not ever doubt your word again, i learned my lesson, and paid the price with pain. I now totally agree with you that this is the most challenging piece of cardio equipment in the gym, even more than the treadmill or rower. That’ll release some serious hgh quick!

grokking September 24, 2009 at 1:35 pm

I’m a huge fan of Marks’ Daily Apple and have been following the Primal Blueprint since June. Nothing but positive results so far, and having the community over there on the forum helps a great deal. Dig your blog too, just found it recently. BY the way, where did you get the pic at the top of this post? It’s brilliant and I want a large copy for wallpaper. Thanks for the site.

Palidor September 24, 2009 at 2:46 pm

Your site is definitely very welcoming to women, Rusty! I think the problem with those bodybuilder forums you mentioned is systemic of our society in general – that is to ridicule those who are different and those whom we do not understand. Well, those of us who are nice people and want to get fit will simply frequent your site instead! 😉

Greeno September 24, 2009 at 7:12 pm

Hey Rusty…we’re overdue for a ‘style tips’ post arent we? eg..is bald still a cool look? whats the latest GQ look? cheers…

BurritoKId September 24, 2009 at 8:09 pm

hey Rust, do you have info on starting up a site? i started a wordpress but was wondering if you knew of anything better that might be free.

im just looking for something that allows you to customize the site better with graphics, etc.

Studio Element Personal Training September 24, 2009 at 9:45 pm

I am President of Studio Element Personal Training and I have a blog that discusses topics like bootcamp, pilates, yoga, nutrition, etc, etc. I must say that I constantly get feedback from underqualified individuals.

Kevin September 25, 2009 at 4:33 am

Hey Rusty,
Thanks a lot for all the tips. I’m studying abroad in New Zealand right now. While it was pretty disappointing coming from LA summer to a freeeezing winter and that it was a lot more boring here than I’d like, I’ve been able to work out and stumbled upon your site while looking up something before I went to the gym. While I ended up reading your site for about 3 hours instead of going, it’s given me tons of help. I was the fat kid growing up and always wanted to get lean and in shape. I slimmed down a bit in high school when I would just run 5 miles a day and then started weight lifting in college but just followed the typical strategies since I knew nothing else.

Since I’ve started followed your get in shape for spring routine, I’ve seen the best results yet. I’m actually seeing the muscle become more defined (even moreso now that I’ve recently discovered I actually like broccoli, cauli flower, cottage cheese and a bunch of other things I thought were disgusting as a kid). The funny thing is the big polar bear look is DEFINITELY in at the gyms in new zealand.

My only question is: the 5x5s of the routine you have outlined don’t seem to be adding enough mass and in the case of bench and pullups, sometimes slip in strength. Any ideas?

Thanks again for everything.

PS I had never heard of TNation and went there to see what it was and found this: http://fitnessblackbook.com/…spring-workout-routine/

Jeffrey343 September 25, 2009 at 9:20 am

I found this other one a few weeks ago:

http://worldfitnessnetwork.com/

It is actually very similar to this one in content. It has a little more info on specific weight-lifting plans. But the ideals of that one are basically the same. Most of the content is free, but you have to subscribe for $10 a month to get to all of it. I did, and there are some good articles there.

Helder September 25, 2009 at 9:31 am

I know what you’re talking about, for years i’ve visited those type of forums and sites, where unless you scream and throw weights to the floor, pose and squat 500 pounds, you’re a wussy.

Even quality sites like Tnation do that sometimes, at least some authors there, sometimes they pick a picture of someone who looks really good, lean and fit, and they use it as an example of a sissy, a wussy, a pencil neck, yes because for them you have to have hugeeeeeeee traps and a neck thicker than an oak tree

And there are so many examples that i believe everyone here knows about. Your blog is the first place i’ve found where people can talk about being healthy, fit, aesthetics, without being attacked by the “i wanna get big and bigger without limits” guys, calling you names because you’re not the super huge macho.

Another thing i see as a fashion in those sites are the functional training trend. Everyone pretends that they’re athletes and they train like athletes, and that’s functional. There’s a huge misconception of what’s functional training.

Functional training is IMO simply training to achieve a goal, that’s function, i don’t care if the goal is athletic competition, strength, hypertrophy, getting lean, it doesn’t matter, you train to achieve a goal, that’s functional.

Your blog was like a safe haven for your readers i believe, and since i’ve started to come here i’ve also found other good sites with a similar philosophy, it’s really good that you promote other sites that you feel are good, and helpfull to everyone.

Patrick September 25, 2009 at 10:40 am

The Spaniard,
I know your question is directed to Jason G., and he will give you great advice, as he always does, when he gets to this.
just a few things to consider, I think you might want to go with doing the three movements in circuit fashion because, as I recall, you are injured and can’t do cardio at the level you are accustomed to. The circuit method will be similar to a cardio session, burning more calories because of the one right after the other pace, and it will prob make your overall workout shorter than the other way. Depending on your goals, the other method might be more effective for building strength in those three lifts because you have a little more time and focus on the particular lift you are performing. I always like to do the superset/triset method because it seems to work more muscles in a lot less time, kinda kills two birds with one stone.you just have to worry about someone jumping in, because they don’t know what you are doing. anyways, the three lifts that you’ve selected are quality compound movements, meaning they will work many major muscle groups. So both methods are effective, your selection just depends on your personal goal of burning more energy in less time, or taking a little more time and perhaps focus bit more on more strength on those three quality movements.

LC September 25, 2009 at 11:21 am

I really like your blog, I came across it a few months and have been reading ever since – good advice, tips and guest posts/links to other sites, so really no reason to go elsewhere! cheers

Adrian September 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Wannabebig.com’s forum is great. Pretty big but still well moderated and has lots of smart people there.
Strength Mill is good too.

Good luck to Passionate Fitness

Jason G September 25, 2009 at 2:22 pm

Spaniard,

I have experimented with both techniques. I think circuit training is safer when working with the heavier weights where the reps are in the 3 to 5 range because there is a little more recovery time per muscle. In the recent past I have done high rep (15-25 reps to failure) where I perform set after set for the same body part with very little rest. Both strength training professionals and bodybuilders consider this rep range a waste of time because it is not ideal for either type of hypertrophy, however this rep range is ideal for people wishing to increase their power (ability to exert force rapidly) because you can move the weights very quickly without the risk of injury.

Since you are focusing on strength training I would take the safe approach and do circuit training with anywhere from two to five circuits with just enough rest to move from exercise to exercise. Number of circuits will depend on intensity (how close to failure you go, tension created, etc.), experience level, and genetics.

However the alternative where you perform strength training sets for the same muscle group one after another, with little rest, will make the muscles adapt into muscles that are better suited for this type of training. A likely side effect is that you will get a little more sarcoplasmic hypertrophy than normal strength training techniques, because your body may respond to it to some level like it is a higher rep to-failure routine(since your last set is likely to end with a painful one or two reps). This type of training should be either done with a spotter or with exercises suited for solo training (Dumbell flys instead of the bench press/lat machine is ok/shoulder press machine is safer than the barbell shoulder press).

Just so you know I tend to do a twenty exercise routine that takes about an hour with just enough rest to make it from exercise to exercise, so I don’t personally do rotating circuits. My exercises for the most part are mixed up so that I am not working the same muscle group one after another. I perform one set per exercise but I have 5 chest exercises, 5 shoulder exercises, 4 back exercises, and a couple forearm exercises, core and body weight exercises. Some months I do squats, deadlifts, and leg presses other months I do HIIT training. What I like about this type of training is I only have to go to the gym once every four days. The results have been impressive because my body has a few days that are focused just on healing. A few people on this site overlook the fact that when eating lower calories they need more spacing in between routines than the typical bodybuilder. Sorry Spaniard I go on rants sometimes.

Jason G September 25, 2009 at 2:54 pm

Spaniard,

Patrick’s comment reminded me to make another point. If you choose to do the circuit always have a backup plan. If someone hops onto one of your machines don’t hesitate to move to some alternative exercise that works the same muscle. My routine never goes 100 perfectly perfectly and I am often forced to either do my exercises a little out of order or to do alternative exercises. Use the rage to fuel your next set!

The Spaniard September 25, 2009 at 3:44 pm

Patrick, thanks for the answer. I think I am going to alternate both methods. One week I will do circuit and the next week focusing more on strength. Maybe that way I won’t get bored.
Yes, I can’t do any cardio. I tried walking on the treamill with some inclination and the pain I had later made me realized that cardio is out of the equation.

Sue September 25, 2009 at 11:14 pm

Yeh, Lyle McDonald is knowledgeable but he is not very approachable. He is quite impatient and can be rude IMO.

Some good sites:
Josef Brandenburg’s Fitness Blog
Brio Health Club
BodyIncredible.com
Cassandra Forsythe Blog
ConditioningResearch.blogspot.com

SB September 26, 2009 at 11:59 am

What about the Crossfit boards? http://board.crossfit.com

baz September 27, 2009 at 7:16 am

Is it possible to maintain weight(muscle and body fat) on weights training alone? Simply trying to get stronger with weights and no cardio at all. Is it possible to maintain a consistent calorie intake without gaining or losing any weight of any type without watching what i eat to stringently? I’m going on holidays and i know that there is no way that i will continue to follow my low calorie diet and that ill be eating like a normal person and not someone who is strict about their nutrition. That being said i wont be stuffing myself. I will continue to train with weights but no cardio. Will this help maintain low bf levels and muscle without chaning them?

Thanks

Ogg the Caveman September 27, 2009 at 1:59 pm

Sue, I have heard the same about Mr. McDonald being impatient and rude, which is a shame because the man is often brilliant. I have to say that I still check into his forums now and then, but not as often as I check into other blogs and forums operated by more friendly people. I have to remind myself to shop for the information, not the person. But it’s human nature to shop for the person…

Chet September 27, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Nice one Rusty!

I run FK.UK, an organisation aimed at growing and linking the functional fitness community within the UK.

Check out the forum at:

http://www.FuncKey.co.uk/forums

Come and say hello if you like what you see!

Cheers,

Chet

Jaison - Seattle Strength Coach September 27, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Its a paid forum, but has some of the most intelligent trainers posting regularly, Michael Boyle’s Strength Coach.com http://www.strengthcoach.com

Its the only forum I can recommend. However, I did sign up for Passionate Fitness to see what its all about.

I agree that moderation is of utmost importance when it comes to forums.

Michael September 27, 2009 at 7:15 pm

You mean there are some good fitness forums? LOL! Thanks for the post. Mark’s Daily Apple is quite good. I haven’t checked out the other ones but will shortly. And there is no question that on any forum, fitness or otherwise, a good moderator can make all the difference in the world.

Michael
Nutrition and Physical Regeneration

Etienne September 27, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Hey Rusty,

First of all, I’m very impressed with your site, and it has been helping me a lot lately with my efforts.

Secondly, I wondered if I could have your advice on my tentative workout schedule. I’m trying to lose body fat and gain definition while increasing my strength as well. I figured you’ve seen this question a lot, so you probably got quite some knowledge to impart.

I do:

Monday (HIIT, 15-20 mins, followed by some light steady state cardio) I also do some light pushups and stuff, just to practice the technique, I guess a la Grease the Groove. Not sure if I should be, you tell me.

Tuesday (Gym: CHEST [Bench Press, flat, incline and decline] and BACK (Chin-ups, wide-grip pullups and cable rows))

Wednesday (do Monday’s routine)

Thursday (Gym: BICEPS [Standing Barbell Curls, Seated Altern. Dumbbell Curls], TRICEPS [Standing Pulldowns, Dips] and SHOULDERS [Seated Upright Barbell Press, Seated Dumbbell Press]

Friday (do Monday’s routine)

Saturday (do Tuesday’s routine)

Sunday: DAY OFF (I walk nearly everyday, but do a little extra on Sundays to, I don’t know, ‘compensate’.)

What do you think?

Adrian September 28, 2009 at 8:27 am

Sue, I have easily gotten Lyle McDonald’s interview for my SMALL blog about training for skinny guys. He agreed instantly and gave good answers. He tolerates no BS and for some that looks like being an as.s… I gotta say he is approachable, you can ask question on his blog article (latest one always) and will likely answer.

Cheers

admin September 28, 2009 at 6:05 pm

Jessica,

Marks Daily Apple is one of the best for sure. Thanks for the compliment about my site.

Beat,

Steve Pavlina does have a great forum.

Matt,

Good joke…T-nation is a nightmare and is exactly what I recommend that people avoid.

speed xXx,

Just put the Ryan Kwanten workout e-mail out. I was a little hesitant, because he doesn’t use a structured routine…but put one up anyway, since he is a great fitness role model.

Rafi,

That is a big goal, but if you work it hard and get things started properly you will be able to accomplish those goals.

karie,

Yeah…your experience is the same as mine. Thanks for recommending my site, by the way!

pitt,

Yeah…I’ve seen people getting roasted when asking to look similar to Tyler Durden. Probably one of the harshest threads I’ve ever seen was generated from a Tyler Durden question.

Jack,

Different people will give you different answers…so I will tell you what I believe to be true. Gaining size is more about training volume and less about extra calories consumed. Both Brad Pilon and John Barban share this belief. Train your chest hard and do a lot of volume and you can increase the size of your chest. Do less volume for the rest of your body. This is how you can gain size on your chest without adding size to the rest of your body. Note: Your shoulders and triceps are going to grow along with your chest since they get used in most chest exercises.

Richard,

Dragondoor is great! I simply spaced out and forgot about that one. Pavel is one of my favorite trainers of all-time. Thanks for the compliment about my site. Appreciate it!

Bill,

Glad you like the Vacation Body Blueprint. It was fun to write!

baz,

Thanks for the kind words. I think Will Smith looked his all-time best in “I am Legend”. He slimmed down and lost substantial weight for that role and had a clean slim look.

Hazard,

I will take a look at that forum…sounds interesting.

Mike,

Stay close to that weight for at least 6 months and you will better than ever.

The Spaniard,

Thanks for the compliment…I always enjoy reading and look forward to what you have to say.

TonyK,

Lyle McDonald has always been a great resource for me. I really enjoy his stuff a lot!

Patrick,

Yeah…going at level 20 you are almost leaping up each step…it is hard to keep up at that intensity for long. I think if you really wanted to you could go longer, but I’m not sure you need to push that hard to get great results. Maybe for short periods of time it would be fun aiming for 15-20 minutes. You know you would be sweating like crazy!

grokking,

One of the reasons I have brilliant pictures is that I buy licenses and pay to use them. I am not sure if it is necessary for a beginning blogger, but I justify it because my site gets heavy traffic now. Mark does have an amazing site.

Palidor,

I try my best to keep a friendly feeling here. Most people are great when they comment here…it is rare these days that I don’t approve a comment. Thanks for the compliment!

Greeno,

I should do a style post. My girlfriend designs women’s clothing for high-end boutiques and may start a blog someday to talk more about her clothing brand. Maybe I will have her do a guest post at some point.

BurritoKid,

You should stick with a self-hosted Wordpress blog. For $15 per month you can use the hosting company I use. The gentleman in charge, Dave Olsen, is an expert with Wordpress…which is why I use him….. d-olsen.com/

Kevin,

No more skipping your workouts to read my site! It will be here when you get back. Just kidding…thanks for the compliment. If you want to add more mass simply add in more sets and possibly reduce rest a little in between sets. Aim for muscle fatigue when building mass. Strength training on the other hand is about avoiding fatigue with less volume and more rest in between sets.

Jeffrey343,

I have seen those $10 per month sites. It sounds like a good deal if the content is great. I would be hesitant to charge a monthly fee for Fitness Black Book, simply because I would stress over whether I was delivering enough value each month. Keeping this free just makes it less stressful for me (and allows it to grow much quicker than a paid site).

Helder,

T-nation has some amazing articles mixed in with a nasty forum. It is too bad, because I have a tough time sticking around the site for long. It has a strange feel to it. There are a lot of great bloggers who comment here on a regular basis. I have found most of my favorite sites from people commenting here as well.

LC,

I appreciate the compliment, but if you have extra time you may want to visit some of those other sites I mentioned as well.

Adrian,

I think those guys slammed my site when it was new, but I could be mistaken. I’ll take a look.

Sue,

I have heard from a few people that Lyle can be rude, but he has been kind to me. The last site you mentioned conditioningresearch.blogspot.com, is one of my all time favorite blogs…fantastic site!

SB,

Crossfit is a huge movement across the US, good call on mentioning them.

baz,

Keep your calories reasonable and you will stay at the same body fat percentage. To maintain muscle just make sure you are training with some form of resistance training 2-3 times per week.

Ogg,

I have heard that about Lyle McDonald as well. If that is true hopefully he will lighten up a bit.

Chet,

I will check that out.

Jaison,

I will take a look. Possibly I will join if the fee is reasonable.

Michael,

You think it would be easier to find a good fitness forum.

Etienne,

So you are doing chest and back twice per week…and shoulders and arms just once? I suppose it could work since you are working your shoulders biceps and triceps when you work your chest and back. Here is what I would change…make Wednesday a rest day. Also, drop decline bench presses from your routine since flat bench will work the lower pecs hard enough. Maybe do flat bench flyes with a dumbbell instead -or- hammer press. Everything else looks soild.

Adrian,

It is nice to hear a positive comment about Lyle as well. He was very kind when I e-mailed him about 2 years ago.

Rusty

Etienne September 28, 2009 at 10:23 pm

Thanks for the advice, Rusty.

So does that mean I take both Wednesdays and Sundays off? 2 HIIT sessions per week is enough, I suppose…

Also, I just was worried that doing shoulders and arms the day after I did chest and back meant that I wasn’t leaving enough recovery time for the former muscles, since they were certainly used during the chest and back exercises. Does it matter?

Thanks again.

AnneMarie September 29, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Rusty, I love your blog! I’ve gotten a lot of great information here. I’m just kind of your average-type woman, mom of 3, and I’m 42…so typically thinking – I could have some excuses to be out of shape. But I turned that around about 5 years ago. I can honestly tell anyone that consistent training, weightlifting, good nutrition – and following sound advice like yours, can completely change your physique and in the process, change your life. I can’t tell you the confidence it gave me recently to hear my daughter’s varsity basketball coach say to her…”train to be in the kind of shape your mother’s in.” Whoa…what a moment that was! I can’t thank people like you enough for being willing to share information. And know that it does make a difference in people’s lives! :o)

Duncan October 2, 2009 at 9:55 pm

Rusty: Mark’s Daily Apple is a great site, and I originally found it from a link in one of your previous articles. I dropped the dreaded last 10 pounds in 2 weeks following the Primal Blueprint. Thanks. You’re one of the good guys out there.

Nancy October 16, 2009 at 2:15 pm

Lyle, while smart as heck, is too rude. He knows it and he doesn’t care. His main forum is mostly helpful, but he also runs another forum, which I will not link to, that is anything but helpful. It’s basically a forum to let Lyle and his followers be as mean and rude and dismissive as their hearts desire. And it includes much questionable content. Just a window into the man. You need to not p*ss Lyle off, and construct all your queries in a Lyle approved manner, or else watch out. That’s his prerogative, but who needs it?

Declan Shanahan October 21, 2009 at 3:02 pm

Hi I’m trying to download the book but it keeps bringing me to registration. I was wondering how I can download it

Corey Springer October 22, 2009 at 10:47 am

Hi… I’d like to add another small-to-medium-sized forum to the list:

http://www.getnarked.net/forum/index.php

It’s got a great atmosphere, much like a close-knit family. Loads of content on board (10,000+ threads), with staff contributing well-written articles monthly.

João Henrique October 28, 2009 at 11:57 am

I have recently started reading some articles from this site and they seem to be quite straightforward and the way fitness is discussed made me feel less concerned about being fit because of “looking” rather than “being”. I hope I will have some more spare time to catch up with the news. Great site!

AabidaJamshut November 27, 2009 at 11:47 pm

hello
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Denzel - Genf20 December 9, 2009 at 11:00 am

The problem you described about forums is not confined to the body building or fitness community but is also a problem everywhere else. I think there are very few forums where the nastiness is at a minimum level; the only ones I’ve seen are those that have very few members anyway.

There needs to be key members too and not just moderators. These key members often set the tone at the start, but after the membership swells, it may go back to square one.

Maggie January 10, 2010 at 7:44 pm

Hello,

I’m so confused for what I have seen in this link, I never thought that overweight can be too negative for a woman, please consider this link first then try to provide an answer to the questions bellow,

this is the link to the video:
http://www.viddler.com/explore/themodernmancom/videos/1/

I just watched this video, can’t believe some of the stuff this guy says, and I am now left wondering whether or not this guy is right.

So, I am putting the question to all members on this forum:
Do men find fat women attractive?
Do I have to become slim for guys to find me attractive?

Yours,
Maggie
An overweight woman with a nice heart

Maggie January 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

Ihope someone can make suggestion, this is something I actually give important to.

Tara January 21, 2010 at 1:36 am

Rusty, you rock!! I love your site, keep doing your thing!

Ron January 24, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I tried to register at passionate fitness but something is wrong with his site it says my e-mail address is invalid. But It is not and I use it every day.

Thanks

vibration plate February 23, 2010 at 6:58 am

Hi rusty, I found your post interesting too like others commnting here. You are right about the forums. The problem isn’t gone completely….the part about “women repellant” is really funny.Thanks buddy

brittany July 18, 2010 at 8:04 pm

I decided to start a fitness blog for the girl who’s in her prime but isn’t quite the fittest of the bunch but not the big one either. For those who are really stuck on just being blah. it’s a baby site so please check it out and comment! I have no idea how to get it out there, other than posting on my favorite blog, i.e. rusty’s!

haibo May 1, 2011 at 9:20 pm

This is definitely helpful information. Personally I really like to browse through some good weight loss forums.

Christine May 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

It’s a misunderstanding that women don’t need muscles. If you are serious about your body shape and help, you always need burn your fat and grow your muscles, such as in your belly and thigh areas – very important! Thanks so much for your posting!

Tyler May 24, 2011 at 12:47 am

Great content, the part about, ‘He wanted to discuss how to get a physique like Brad Pitt from Fight Club. Big mistake! I think he had over 100 nasty comments and was personally attacked for wanting to be what they called a “skinny wuss”…’ really stood out to me.

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Stefan October 31, 2012 at 7:13 pm

Yes so true about the profile pictures.

That said, I still find that the bodybuilding.com forums contain a lot of good information. There are many guys who are really happy to help and share their tips and strategies. I have found some awesome content about fat loss and also threads that just keep you motivated.

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