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  1. SB
    September 26, 2009

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

  2. baz
    September 27, 2009

    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?


  3. Ogg the Caveman
    September 27, 2009

    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…

  4. Chet
    September 27, 2009

    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:


    Come and say hello if you like what you see!



  5. Jaison – Seattle Strength Coach
    September 27, 2009

    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.

  6. Michael
    September 27, 2009

    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.

    Nutrition and Physical Regeneration

  7. Etienne
    September 27, 2009

    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?

  8. Adrian
    September 28, 2009

    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.


  9. admin
    September 28, 2009


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


    Steve Pavlina does have a great forum.


    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.


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


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


    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.


    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.


    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!


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


    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.


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


    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.


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


    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!


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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/


    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.


    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).


    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.


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


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


    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!


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


    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.


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


    I will check that out.


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


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


    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.


    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.


  10. Etienne
    September 28, 2009

    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.

  11. AnneMarie
    September 29, 2009

    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)

  12. Duncan
    October 2, 2009

    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.

  13. Nancy
    October 16, 2009

    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?

  14. Declan Shanahan
    October 21, 2009

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

  15. Corey Springer
    October 22, 2009

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


    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.

  16. João Henrique
    October 28, 2009

    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!

  17. AabidaJamshut
    November 27, 2009

    I’m sorry – i’m new online. Im from Pakistan!

    I need help about Antiaging and HGH!
    I know that HGH injection is very good for antiaging, but I dont have much money for it…

    Is there some good and effective HGH or Anti-Aging supplement that works good and is not too expensive?
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  18. Denzel – Genf20
    December 9, 2009

    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.

  19. Maggie
    January 10, 2010


    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:

    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?

    An overweight woman with a nice heart

  20. Maggie
    January 12, 2010

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

  21. Tara
    January 21, 2010

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

  22. Ron
    January 24, 2010

    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.


  23. vibration plate
    February 23, 2010

    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

  24. brittany
    July 18, 2010

    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!

  25. haibo
    May 1, 2011

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

  26. Christine
    May 15, 2011

    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!

  27. Tyler
    May 24, 2011

    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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  29. Stefan
    October 31, 2012

    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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