Every year around this time (the beginning of the year) a bunch of skinny guys decide that this is finally going to be the year they put on some muscle and build a body they’d be proud to show off at the beach… a body that will make women swoon.
Since they don’t know what to do, they go looking for advice. That’s the good news. The bad news?
They (and probably you!) are looking in all the wrong places!
Skinny guys go straight to the magazine rack at the grocery store. They pick up muscle building and bodybuilding magazines and start reading the articles.
They see a huge, 300lb professional bodybuilding master who shares his workout secrets and they think, “if he gets results like this from his routine — then I should do the very same thing and I will get the same results!”
Now normally, this process of “modeling” success is a great way to achieve your goals. Set a goal. Find someone who did it before you. And copy what they did to get the same results. Sounds simple right?
But pros are NOT natural!
Here’s the thing: professional bodybuilders are not training naturally! What do I mean? They’re on the juice, roids, anabolic steroids… which means two things:
- They can recover from super long workouts
- They make progress more easily than you
And another thing…
Pros’ were born with natural muscle building genetics!
Don’t believe me? The first time Jay Cutler (a current bodybuilding olympia champion) stepped in the gym at age 18 he bench pressed 300lbs. Three hundred pounds with no previous training, other than being born with naturally good genetics, being big by nature and growing up on a farm doing hard work.
What’s this got to do with you? Everything…
You need natural muscle building secrets
The first step is to stop reading all the magazines. Stop looking at what mr. universe/olympia/steroid pumped up bodybuilder guy is doing and focus on what has worked for guys like you for years (even before steroids were ever created).
You gotta keep things simple…
The first thing you need to focus on is doing all the big, compound lifts. This means they use more than one muscle at a time. Squats, deadlifts, Pullups, Bench Presses, Overhead presses, etc… notice I put squats and deads at the front of the list and not the bench press? There’s a reason for that.
Get on a good plan like the DoubleYourGains’ 3-5 program that has you doing full body workouts 3x per week. Start getting strong on these exercises.
Eat a LOT
If you want to build muscle, you gotta learn how to eat. If you’re naturally skinny, chances are you have a fast metabolism so you need to eat, eat more, then eat some more. Drink milk.
This doesn’t mean eating a bunch of potatoe chips and bon bons, that won’t help you build much muscle, read my article’s on eating clean and when you feel stuffed and think “I can’t eat another bite” think of how big you want to get and shovel down some more food.
Ready, fire, aim and keep going
You’re not going to get everything right your first month training. That’s ok. Keep going. Keep training, keep improving your technique, learning more about building muscle (from no b.s. guys like me and my blog and NOT magazines) and keep going.
Set your goals high, don’t let anyone tell you it’s impossible and get to work. Yes, I said it, that four letter word — work. Squat, Deadlift, train hard and eat and you’ll start growing.
So there you go, if you’re just new to the game and having trouble putting on size, these natural muscle building secrets should help you. Good luck!