Muscle building tips for skinny guys – 3 Essential tips!

By | October 30, 2014

Muscle building tips for skinny guys – 3 Essential tips!

thinMany guys (and girls) who’ve shown interest to gaining weight in a form of muscle feel overwhelmed with the information around internet. They get lost and lose interest because everything seems to be so complicated. When it’s actually not! The human body works by the same set of principles whether you’re naturally well muscled individual or not. Here I’ll list the 3 muscle building tips for skinny guys which are guaranteed to work! So lets get into it.

#1 Exercise


Ofcourse we’ll start with the most important one. Exercise. Out of these 3 essential tips this is the only one which stands out since if you completely neglect this one it doesn’t matter if your #2 and #3 are in pristine condition. Without breaking down the muscle fibers by exercising you won’t gain any muscle. Period.

And the rules that take place here apply to every person be it skinny, overweight or what people consider as normal.

The corner stone of building muscle relies in the basic compound movements performed with high intensity.

These movements consist of exercises that work the big muscle groups of your body meaning:

Deadlifts (regular deadlifts, romanian deadlifts, straight legged deadlifts)
Squats (regular squats, front squats, high bar and low bar squats, lunges)
Benchpress (with barbell or dumbbells, flat & incline & decline bench)
Overhead Press (with barbell or dumbbell, standing or seated)
Chinups (with bodyweight or extra weight)
Rows (bent over rows with barbell or dumbbell)

When you plan your routine based on these movements you are setting your body to a state where it has no other choice than build muscle and get stronger.

#2 Diet


I’ve often heard people say when they’ve met me or my friends who have been working out that “you’ve gotten so big, you must live in the gym”. Actually I spent only 3-4 days in a week in gym only about 1hr per session. This is where diet comes in to play.


Diet is absolutely crucial when the aim is to build muscle. You have to pay attention where your calories come from and ensure that you get enough protein, carbohydrates and fats to stimulate efficient muscle growth. Good basic structure would be 40% protein / 35% carbohydrates / 25% fats.

A look in to good sources of macronutrients:

Proteins (meat of chicken, pork, beef, fish, eggs, nuts and seeds)
Carbohydrates (brown rice, sweet potatoes, pasta)
Fats (grass fed beef butter, virgin coconut oil, olive oil)
– Green leafy vegetables to ensure good health of digestive track.

It does not really matter if you want to eat every 2-3 hours 5-7 meals a day or just 2-3 times a day as long as you get your daily requirement of calories in.

#3 Rest

My dog Neapolitan Mastiff called Messi, sleeping after hard day at work.

Even when you got the exercise and diet down to a T, if you don’t get enough of rest you’re bound to burn your body out.

You should aim for 8 hours sleep at every night.

This gives your body and mind the time it needs to really build and recover the damaged muscle fibers.

Implement these 3 different principles to your life if you’re looking for packing some serious muscle into your skinny frame and remember that building muscle takes time. Changes won’t happen in days, weeks or even months. You should be looking into cycles of 6-12 months to see major improvements.

That is my take on the subject. Please drop a comment here and let me know what you think or if you have some questions related to the article!

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