Maybe you’ve seen the skinny guy who gets totally amped up to gain weight. They’ve tried and given up in the past, but blame their failure on not trying hard enough—on not having enough motivation. They start off strong: hitting the gym 5 times a week, eating 100% clean (whatever that means to them), and spending hundreds of dollars on bizarro supplements that even the supplement salesman is confused by.
A few weeks go by and after sacrificing so much in their life: time, energy, money… the scale hasn’t really budged. Or maybe their weight even dropped because they cut out the easy calories they were getting from junk foods. Soon we stop seeing this guy in the gym.
Why does this keep happening? Our first instinct is to say that he didn’t have the grit or willpower to tough it out. But honestly, this guy has incredible willpower and motivation—that’s a brutal routine that many professional fitness models couldn’t even keep up. That isn’t the problem. Eventually anyone will either reach capacity and burn out, or switch their energy to something else—something new and exciting (new job, holidays, new relationship)… and then there’s no room left for the crazy muscle-building routine.
I’ve been that guy too many times to count. (And not just with building muscle, either.)
Us skinny guys aren’t even having a hard time because we’ve got bad genes, although that was an excuse I once used. No, us skinny guys are actually quite adept at building burly muscles. In our program the average member will gain ten pounds in the first five weeks and twenty within the first three months. While this may sound crazy, especially if, like us, you’ve tried and failed in the past… these results line up well with what’s found in the research. The largest and most thorough muscle-building genetics study found that skinny guys build muscle faster than anyone else (study). Some guys in the study added two inches to their arms and doubled their strength in just the first three months.
So why do so many of us ectomorphs fail at building muscle over and over again?