I recently received a question from a guy on Facebook who asked, “What’s the best way for a skinny guy to build muscle and get big”?
Well, there is no best way to build muscle, and there are no shortcuts either.
So get that out of your head.
It’s going to take hard work and dedication from going from looking like a scrawny chicken to looking like Dwayne Johnson in Hercules Movie. But it’s unlikely that will ever happen unless you’re as dedicated as he is.
A lot of guys expect to get great results in a short amount of time and when they fail to get the results they want they give up completely.
Trust me, it takes more than just a couple of weeks to transform your body from skinny to big and muscular.
It took me more than a year to transform my body from slim to big and muscular, but I still wasn’t 100% satisfied with the results.
My upper body looked great, but I didn’t have a six-pack, and my legs weren’t in proportion with my upper body.
It’s always important to train your legs, as well as your upper body.
A lot of skinny guys don’t eat enough throughout the day, maybe 2-3 meals You should be aiming for 4-5 meals a day.
You need a lot of calories to build muscle.
Your aim should be gain 1-2 pounds per week and if that’s not happening, then eat more protein and carbohydrates.
Remember never to skip breakfast, always make breakfast your biggest meal of the day.
Eat more calorie rich foods
- Baked Beans
- Whole Wheat Bread
- Protein Bars/Protein Shakes
Try to keep a food dairy and list out 4-5 meals that you will eat each day.
Once you got your high-calorie meals down, the next thing you need to do is “Lift Weights”. If you can’t afford a gym membership or you prefer to workout at home, then I suggest getting yourself a weight set.
Gym Workout or Home Workout – Your Choice!
Read this article for a list of gym equipment, that you can use to get started. Home Gym Workout Routine.
If you don’t mind paying for good gym equipment there are lots of places you can buy them depending where you live.
Lift weights 4-5 days a week for 60-90 minutes, but don’t expect to see amazing results straight away. Be patient and stay committed.
One of the best books I have ever read on muscle building is Arnold’s Schwarzenegger New Encylopedia of Modern Body Building.
This is more than just a book for bodybuilders, but for anybody who is serious about lifting weights and building muscle.
Be consistent With Your Workout
People make the mistake of expecting their bodies to transform within a few weeks, and they always end up disappointed.
A lot of people binge over the Christmas holiday, then it’s no surprise why the gym is in full swing when January rolls around.
I’ve been a gym member for over ten years and there’s always quite a few but the gym usually dies down around February or March.
Sad, I know. But it’s true.
Most people don’t stay committed because they train hard for a couple of weeks and don’t see the result, so they get frustrated and give up.
Your body doesn’t work like that.
Back to my point…
If you want to go from skinny to big and muscular you have to eat more, lift 4-5 days a week and let your muscles rest on your days off.
If you’re a beginner then don’t rush into it. Take your time. Start off with light weights and work your way up. As you get stronger you can lift heavier weights.
Track Your Progress
It’s important to keep track of your progress. A great site for doing this is Bodyspace.
You will also find other skinny guys on the site that are also trying to get big and build muscle. I’m on it myself if you want to add me as a friend.
If you don’t already have a workout program, you can download my free eBook that gives you my complete weight lifting routine from start to finish.
I have been doing these exercises with great results for over two years now, and I’m certain you will also benefit from it. Just remember to change your routine every 6-8 weeks.
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