Haha watch out bodybuilders—us skinny creative dudes can diesel-up too! The handsome yet thin man on the left is Jeff before starting the Bony to Beastly Bulking Program. He started the program at 136 pounds with internally rotated shoulders, a head that jut forward, and hips that made his belly stick out—issues that he was eager to fix.
The Beastlier man on the right is Jeff 5 weeks later weighing in at 145.5 pounds and with most of his postural problems greatly improved. He also succeeded in balancing out most of his muscle asymmetries while increasing muscle size everywhere.
April 2010—the month that two skinny ectomorphs decided they were fed up with being skinny ectomorphs. Did we know what an “ectomorph” was? Hell no, we knew virtually nothing about building muscle. We just knew we were really damn skinny, completely fed up with it, and determined to become muscular at all costs.
That day, the two of us made a bulking pact: we would do thirty days of whatever it took to build muscle naturally (steroids not included). Skinny genes be damned, we were growing out of our skinny jeans.
At the end of those thirty days, we had gained more than two dozen pounds between us. It was working, we were finally gaining muscle. So we doubled down on our efforts, extending our bulking pact for another three months.
By the end of those four months, we weren’t skinny anymore.
Here’s the story of our ectomorph transformation: how we went from skinny to muscular.
Hey guys this may be a little overdue, depending on what you’ve been eating 😉
I went on a date last week shortly after training, and before heading off to the bar I crammed down as much food as I could: a 2 scoop whey shake, 2 bananas, 4 eggs, a shot of olive oil, and then I grabbed a litre of milk and started walking off to the bar. This is after finishing my 1200 calorie workout sugar/whey shake. I arrived just as I finished my litre of milk and greeted my date. I then quickly had to sit down to make sure none of that hard-swallowed nutrition came back up. She thought it was pretty funny, and 45 minutes of wheezing later I was back to normal.
Your parents weren’t totally off by telling you to stand up straight. In fact, it could have been some of the best advice they ever gave you. When people start a training program, the first things that usually come to mind are: what cool exercises will I be doing? How many post workout shakes do I take? Which supplements do I need to get? Very few ever think about their posture. However, it could be the piece of the puzzle that’s holding them back and limiting their muscle gains, strength and performance.