Being skinny is like being sorry in real life. Ask any buff dude who was once skinny. Bet he would never want to go back. Being skinny or not can be completely in your control. How? Well, because you can surely bulk up and put on muscle. We know that gaining weight is hard for you folks but that’s why we are here—to help you out. Here are 4 tips that will help you put on some serious muscle mass, and hence, help you gain some quality weight.
1. Training Frequency
Since we are talking about a skinny beginner or intermediate level weight training enthusiast, it makes sense to keep the frequency low. No you don`t have to go to gym every damn day. Let your muscles recover and grow while you rest and eat. If you can achieve the desired results by doing less, then why do more? As someone trying to add more mass, you need not spend the calories you are consuming intelligently. Lift no more than 3-4 days a week. Do full body training or 2-3 muscle groups per session.
2. Exercise Selection
Since we are mostly talking about college students or youngsters here, first of all, I would advise you to stay away from fitness model advises. Train mostly let’s say (70-80%) with multi-joint/compound movements like presses, squats, lunges, rows and deadlifts. You will start witnessing changes in your body and strength levels. Add isolation work only for those body parts that you feel are really lagging.
3. Eat The Damn Food
Well, it is simple: eat those damn carbs and stop worrying about your disappearing abs. Rome wasn’t built in a day. People you see over the internet eating just veggies with protein all the time didn’t achieve all that mass from vegetables only. On a mass gaining phase, calories should come from complex carb sources along with some simple carbs (if any).
Eating just vegetables will never give you the amount of carbohydrates you need to grow. I cringe every time a skinny guy asks for a whey protein recommendation with zero carbs saying he`s on ‘lean gaining’. WTF is lean gaining? When we talk about gaining, any sane person would mean gaining muscle mass with as less fat as possible.
A lot of folks think that eating copious amounts of protein will build muscle. But that’s not how it works. Have a look at this article of mine for in depth analysis on ‘why just protein will not build muscle. Eat around 3-5gm carbs per kg of bodyweight when trying to bulk up .You can lessen or increase the quantity depending on how your body is responding.