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    July 11, 2008

    Hey Rusty!

    So, I posted a couple weeks back about having trouble picking a goal weight and wanted to get you some pictures so that you can see what I’m talking about. I’m definitely not fat, but could stand to slim down a bit as well as gain definition. My stats again are 5’2″, 109, about 21% body fat I believe. I wasn’t really fair to myself with these because I had a HUGE indian food meal the night before, but oh well. They are realistic. I believe I mentioned before that I just started weight lifting about three weeks ago. I HATE working out, but realize it is the only way that I will have a nice firm body again and for the rest of my life. I am currently doing weights three days a week (I use the body sculpting bible for women) and abs (your plank routine!) three days a week. Right now my only cardio is walking our dogs a few days a week for about 45 minutes but I plan to incorporate HIIT starting next week. Do you think that one meal a day is the best way for me to lean out while doing this? I’ve had good luck in the past with using it to lose weight, but have a hard time maintaining the energy for workouts while doing it. Any advice you have would be great and thanks so much for this site. It alone is so motivating to me!


    P.S. Anyone else is welcome to look and comment on the photos, but I’m not feeling very confident right now so PLEASE be kind…thanks!

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    July 11, 2008

    Sorry, the link before will not work, but this one should!

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    July 11, 2008


    Go over to Mike O’Donnell’s blog and seriously spend an hour there. I keep pushing for him to write a book, because his knowledge of diet is outstanding. I’m more of a fitness and diet guy…he is laser focused on diet and has amazing info over there.



    You are in better shape than 90% of the girls I see at the beach. You aren’t far off at all.

    As far as eating goes…go to Mike O’Donnell’s blog and get that free “Intermittent Fasting Report” (I keep telling him he needs to charge money for that)…heck his whole site is great regarding the diet side of the equation.

    I know the EXACT workout that is going to help you burn that last tiny bit of fat. It is subcutaneous fat…which is fat trapped under the skin and is pretty easy to lose if you know what you are doing.

    Please read this post…and do your best to incorporate this 3-4 times per week into you routine:

    The Stubborn Fat Solution

    Thanks for reading!


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    July 14, 2008

    Thanks so much for all of your help Rusty! I’m excited to start doing this workout. I will probably start with what you have here on your site and then get his book as well. I hope to have some great after pictures for you in a couple of months!


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    July 18, 2008

    Hey Rusty, I really want to try to get in shape without getting bigger because Girls seemed to like when my face was thinned out more I really want that look back. So when i searched info on this I found your blog and I’m so happy i did.
    I am 6’0 206lbs. I want to lose about 15lbs. I already have just about the right amount of muscle I don’t want gain anymore. I’m a little afraid to lift heavy Lol…But I want to give it a try.
    My question is if I lift reps of 5 with heavy weight I feel like I’m trying hard to push out the set because its heavy I CAN DO IT but is this the same as forcing reps?
    I’m really afraid of going into muscle failure do i want to lift as heavy as i can for 5 reps? or about 75% so I’m not trying Im just a little confused about this.

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    Clinton Walker III
    January 4, 2009

    I guess it just depends on the person. I believe all men go through the stage of wanting to be as big as possible. Over the years I have decided to go for lighter weights and more reps.

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    January 7, 2009


    A lot of guys do want to get bigger, but I do think that this trend is changing (slowly). It certainly peaked in the 80’s.


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    Studio Element Personal Training
    May 21, 2009

    Way too many people come to us with the “Gym Body” in mind. It sometimes can take awhile to convince them that this is not the most practical approach to their fitness regimen.

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    Jean Paulo
    June 29, 2009

    Great post!at last I found someone who shares the idea of being lean and toned is much better than being big and bulky not just asthetically but functional too!I am 115lbs right now ranging between 4-8% bodyfat all year round,I never go to the gum however I do home resistance training using adjustable dumbells,barbells,flat bench,pullup bar,Swiss ball and a medicine ball.I do circuit training 3x a week and 1 day of hiit and I eat several small meals a day.I even made an amateur workout video on YouTube/iwanttoseemyabs so that I can share a workout that is short but intense enough I especially designed for people who just wanna tone up and shed some flabs.Again thanks for creating this wakeup post for people who thinks that being a musclehead looks good.

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    April 16, 2010

    Hey Rusty, I would like some advice on a few things.

    I’m 6’2″ and 170 lbs. I feel as though if I kept losing weight until 160 I would have a much better look. The thing is I don’t mind going under 1000 calories to do it. I know for a fact that if I ask anyone online or in real life if it would be ok to take in 600-800 calories a day (Only fruits and vegetables, along with 50 grams of protein from lean meat), they would be so quick to shoot it down and say how incredibly unhealthy it is and that it won’t even work.

    I know for a fact it does because when I was at 180 I was doing 12 reps of 65 lb dumbbells bench press. Now at 170 I can do 10 reps of 65 still. For dumbbell rows and shoulder press I still maintained the strength completely. During that time I must have averaged under 1000 calories per day. So in order to get to 160, I will go lower to about 600-800 calories a day, and do more cardio.

    This may be a waste of a question because the other article you wrote showed the study where the people lost no muscle while on 800 calories a day, but I guess I’m just looking for some more reassurance.


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    February 9, 2011

    Laird Hamilton is one of the greatest surfers by far. The way he seems to control the wave is unbelievable.

    It’s kind of frustrating to look at all the fitness magazines that are out, all the infomercials and all the fitness books that are geared on just gaining massive muscle. Some of the roommates I’ve had over the past 4 years of college were obsessed with going to the gym. They’d bulk up quite a bit, often taking creatine and other supplements to assist in it. They naturally assumed that they would gain the attention of the chicks at school because of how they looked.

    However, the majority of the girls who I speak to about attraction aren’t interested in guys who are just bulky and have the “gym look” like you mentioned.

    I’m so glad for all that you’ve shared and will continue to learn more from you so keep it up!

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    April 8, 2011

    Hey Rusty,

    I love this post, fitness black book rocks! I also really like your information on Ryan Reynolds Workout as I agree, a lean muscular body is the best look!

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    July 2, 2011

    Hey Rusty,
    I am an Asian and i am 26 years old. My height is 5 feet 10 inches but weigh only 125 lbs. I look very skinny. Could you suggest me a fitness schedule which would help me get those athletic looks..
    Thanks in advance…

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    March 10, 2012

    i salute ur words.sir…..its.awesome…mindblowing…..

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    July 31, 2012

    It’s insulting to think that people think “he tries too hard” when you do something few people can ever accomplish. This article screams “JEALOUS!” as a person who frequents the Gym, I know first hand how the “gym bodies” are the envy of everyone who goes to the gym, they are the first to be approached for advice, and they are often the friendliest. This article is trash, and pathetic. Must have been written by a liberal.

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    August 11, 2012


    ….whatever dude I go to a top ranking Uni, and my lean athletic body gets way more attention from women and men (I even had a female professor hit on me). This holds true in my classes with huge bodybuilder guys. Unlike you however, they are cool guys who seem to genuinely lift for themselves and feel passionate about fitness…AND have accepted the now incontestable fact (many, MANY studies have been done in psychology, anthropology, etc.) that a lean athletic physique is by far the most physically attractive. Also it is sad that bodybuilding culture is full of socially retarded, semi-literate, right wing, racist, sexist, homophobic ***holes.
    Methinks you are an insecure knob, and bodybuilding is not going to be enough to sort out your problem of being a social pariah.

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    Richard Gibbons
    August 16, 2012

    Opinions vary and I think the above may be the insecure extremes, but that’s what makes the world an interesting place to live in.

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    Daniel Jameson
    August 27, 2012

    ^ spot on

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    September 4, 2012

    Wiiiierd article…

    Have you ever seen Steve Cooks? Does he have a “Gym Body”? You’re generalizing that a “gym body” is a body like Arnold or Ronnie Coleman. But there are lots of other bodybuilders.
    From my perspective, having a “Lean, atheletic body” always requires workouts in gyms.

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    November 14, 2012

    Hey Rusty,

    I’d really like to hear your take on crossfit since you mentioned it in this article. On the one hand it seems like good interval training or hard core cardio or something but have you seen how they do some movements??? A good example is the pull-up… its all momentum and no strength. Look up cross fit fails on youtube, its hilarious.
    Really interested to hear your opinion? Surely if all you did was crossfit you would be tired all the time just like if you lifted like a bodybuilder?
    Perhaps it would be beneficial to do say once a week but not 4 times a week… i dunno.

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    November 27, 2012

    Often “Gym Body” are disproportionate and not functional (and i don’t like isolation exercises, split routines, bulk and cut, “mirror muscles” and “bigger is better” approach). It’s all about proportions. I think focusing on full body workouts, compound exercises and hiit cardio is the best way to build athletic, fit, strong and good looking body.

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    March 8, 2013

    Crossfit sucks. After the 1st session a lot quit. Or they either kick it to the curb. Amateurs starting out on advanced level. Cmon! I say take it easy.I got the lean v shape torso broaad shoulders shieldlike chest but I’m also aiming for the bulky look along with it. I mean, seriously its like a defense mechanism also. There can only be one lion in the room. At the end of the day who would you give it to in real life. Rey mysterio or batista!?!

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