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How to post a program and get GOOD feedback--serious version

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:49 pm
by JasonJones
We see a lot of people posting programs for feedback, without clarifying what they hope to achieve with their exercise routines. I thought I'd see if we could come up with a consensus on how to post a program and get great feedback, instead of a host of questions and disagreements, sarcasm from Oscar and impatience from me.

Step one:
Tell us about your fitness history and your current state. Six foot and skinny? 300 pounds? New to lifting or looking to sculpt out the last 10% of your physique? The more specific you are the better, but if you don't know your stats, a general overview will still allow us to provide better feedback.

Step two:
Tell us your goals. The more specific your goals, the better; not just for us to provide feedback, but for yourself to measure progress. Remember that prioritizing and simplifying your goals is going to enhance your chances of success. List your goals in order of importance so we can tailor our advice, and so that we don't focus our efforts on the lesser items.

Step three:
Share your program!

Re: How to post a program and get GOOD feedback

Posted: Mon Mar 26, 2012 1:55 pm
by JasonJones
Example (note: false):

Hey guys,

My name is Jason Jones. I'm 38, and I was fat for most of my adult life. My girlfriend and I are finally getting married, and it's motivated me to get in shape! I'm at my ideal weight, but I'm looking to build a body that looks good in a suit. I've heard that shoulders and wiast make the physique, is that true? My shoulders are currently 44" and waist is 33".

I think I'd like to add 3" to my shoulders and maybe drop 2" from my waist in six months.

I've been doing:

Side raises 3 x 8-12
Barbell upright row 3 x 8-12
Standing military press 3 x 8-12


Re: How to post a program and get GOOD feedback--serious ver

Posted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:59 am
by Jungledoc
This is actually a great thread to have in the stickies. When it was originally posted, the thread degenerated into a series of silly jokes. This happens far too often around here. I, of course, try to keep things on a serious track, but everyone else leads me astray. Anyway, I thought I'd sticky it, and see if new members notice and read it before posting their first "please help me with my program" post.