How to build muscle for skinny guys
Posted by Xeno on February 15, 2009
Day 1: After being sick for a whole month, I’m down to 153 pounds.
For a six foot tall guy, that makes me too damn skinny. All of my life I’ve been very thin. “Put some meat on your bones” is something I heard a lot as a kid. The thing is, I was strong. I worked out. The guys would gather round in gymn class to be amused at how much a skinny little guy like me could bench press. I got into running. I was probably in my best shape when I was training for a marathon with my ex girlfriend Kim. We got up to being able to run 20 miles … then I had a knee injury and had to drop out. I could just never seem to look anything but thin, even then. This has bugged me for years.
Now that I am healthy again, I am resolving to see if I can gain muscle mass without steroids. It has been encouraging to read some other people’s stories. This guy in the photo seems to match my own experience as he describes difficulty gaining muscle. My particular thing is that every time I start working out hard and make some gains, I get sick or injured and I stay stuck in Thinville.
Here are the tips I’ve found so far (more added as I find them):
- Use free weights instead of machines. (Controlling them builds extra muscle.)
- Use heavier weights. Add 5% more weight each week. (Lift big)
- Eat 6 meals a day. Protein builds muscle. How much do you need? One person said 250 grams of protein per day. (Eat big). As an example, 30 to 60 minutes after a workout, have a shake with 35 grams of quality whey protein from grass fed cows along with an organic banana.
- Get enough rest. Muscle is built during rest, not while working out.
Let me know your experiences with gaining muscle if you have a thin body type. Thanks.