Due to the overwhelming amount of beginners we've been having lately asking more or less the same few questions: What should I eat? What kind of routine should I be on? What is good and bad food? Reps etc. This will be a compilation of good links for anyone who is starting out can read and get some knowledge to go with. Things that are not advocated are posts such as: 1. I am out of shape. Make me a diet and routine. 2. What is protein? What is creatine? Anyone know about the atkins diet? etc Post #1 is disrespect. There have been plenty of articles written on just about every fitness website dealing with both of those issues 1000000000000's of times. A simple search on those websites or in our archive would find you plenty of information to read up on. You should not put it upon another OT F&N member to do the job of research for you. Now if you have done the reading and are confused about something a post such as "I just read so and so's article on overtraining and athletic conditioning but I dont understand that part about..." Those make for good informative posts not "Are ricecakes bad?" Post #2 All of these general questions have been addressed many times in articles all over the internet, books, our archives etc. Once again do not put it upon OT F&N members to do the work that if you were really concerned about fitness you would do for yourself. All that shows is your lack of interest and lazyness. Below will be links to everything you need to get started. Thanks ahead of time for OT F&N member participation. I'll start it off with: Archives: http://forums.offtopic.com/forumdisplay.php?f=92 http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/index.html - A decent site. Not all articles are great but its a good hub of writers that are actual participants in what they preach.