Can skinny guys gain muscle? I have heard people say that your size is determined by your genes and if you’re skinny now you always will be. I’ve heard guys say I wish I were muscular but there no chance of that because it’s just not in my genes. I’m sorry, but let me just tell you that, that is absolute nonsense. This article is going to tell you exactly how skinny guys gain muscle. It will run you through the main 3 things you need to do to pack on some serious muscle mass.
First of all, let me start by telling you that your genes do have an effect on your size and on how muscular you are. Some guys are just born with a greater ability to pack on muscle while some hard-gainers like us aren’t. However, that does not mean that we cannot gain significant amounts of muscle. We just have to do things a little more differently. When we skinny guys gain muscle it means we’ve done things a whole lot differently than the rest of the population to achieve it.
We can, as skinny guys, gain muscle. But what must we do to achieve this? 3 simple principles below that we must follow if we are to succeed.
Skinny guys gain muscle when they eat like CRAZY. Yes, you have to eat a lot because you need a very high caloric intake to supply the energy requirements for muscle building. However, you must focus not just on the quantity, but also on the quality of the food you eat. A very high portion of your nutrition must be proteins because these are your muscle building blocks. Good carbohydrates and good fats and oils make up the rest of your diet. Yes, there are good carbs and good oils, not all of them are bad. Be sure to also drink a lot of water.
Here’s a rough guide:
20 X body weight (lbs) = daily caloric intake
2 X body weight (lbs) = daily protein intake (in grams)
good carbs – whole grain foods, potatoes, fruits, veggies
good oils – coconut oil, olive oil etc.
Lots of water (just not too much till you throw up)
Skinny guys gain muscle when they sleep like logs. That’s right, you don’t build muscle in the gym and not while you work. You build it when you are on your couch resting or in your bed sleeping. Also try to get the best quality of sleep possible. early to bed and early to rise is a good guideline. Power naps are a great addition too.
Skinny guys gain muscle while they sleep, but only if they work out HARD and SMART. Yes, you have to work out. Eating loads and sleeping well will make you fat, but eating loads and sleeping well when you work out with great intensity will pack on solid muscle. The trick to work out with intensity is to push yourself to your limit every time you work out. Whether it is by using the maximum weight, the maximum rep or set range, or a combination of all these things. Variation in your work out schedule is also an essential component of a good work out. Surprising your body like this will keep those stinking plateaus at bay.
So, skinny guys gain muscle too. And now you know the 3 most important steps to take. Eat right, sleep right and work out with maximum intensity. Follow these 3 steps closely and you too will be living proof that skinny guys gain muscle.