In the world of fitness and weight loss, where literally everyone is hell-bent on cutting weight and shedding off fat, there are individuals like me who are bent on putting on weight and muscle. If you can feel me talking right now and you too have always struggled to put on a pound muscle and gain weight I’ve got some bad news for you. You are in the hard gainer club, just like I used to be. Yes, I have been through this all my life: I have looked at my skinny and scrawny-self working out tirelessly in the gym, having protein shakes at night without any changes in sight. While on the other hand, my elder brother, cousins and other guys my age would put on muscle just by sneezing. Sounds pretty sad, right?
I would sit down and binge eat like a vicious animal, sometimes pushing myself to the point where I would force-feed myself to the point of puking all my dinner out, hitting the gym six days a week without putting on a pound of muscle. Even if I would sit down and devour a whole chocolate cake, my vicious metabolism would burp it all off. People told me it was a blessing that I could do all I wanted and nothing would fill that void. But honestly speaking, I was sick and tired of names like skinny, scrawny and stick-man, etc. I wanted some muscle on me so would go around wearing half-sleeved t-shirts without worrying about covering those skinny arms of mine; they were the ones I was most concerned about.
Let me give you another heads up that if you keep training like you are right now and I can bet you’ll never gain any real size or strength. Yeah, I can blurt this out so confidently since I’ve been down that road and didn’t like what I found there. It is surely your own decision if you want to keep on following your favorite “Instagram influence” or your favorite juiced up or jacked up guy, at the end of the day, you’ll feel as skinny and weak as you felt before. All of this, just because you are a hard gainer, but you are not alone, there are countless other youngsters dealing with the same dilemma as you right now.
What Exactly is a Hardgainer?
The following are some trademark traits of a hardgainer, am sure you can relate to most of them:
1. Somebody who is naturally skinny or skinny-fat.
3. Gets injured easily owing to his thin joints and bones.
5. A weak immune system and getting sick often is normal.
7. Hardgainers are usually over thinkers, with high anxiety and stress levels.
2. Most hardgainers have confidence issues, often shy and introverted types.
4. Naturally, their cortisol levels are usually high (more frequently
known as stress hormones).
6. Their body features a low work capacity and faces difficulty
recovering from workouts.
If the above points didn’t stress it enough, let me remind you that it is always going to be very difficult for hard gainers to put on muscle, no matter what routine we adopt, and no supplement we take. Things go really south when we keep making these same mistakes all over again.
What Makes it so Hard for a Hardgainer to Build Muscle?
Here are the top five reasons why that happens:
Reason #1: We Ignore the Law of Progressive Overload
The #1 principle to putting on muscle we need to get stronger progressively. What most of us hard gainer fail to understand is that pushing the same weight for the same number of reps does absolutely nothing, and gives our body no reason or compulsion to adapt. All the big guys we see gaining muscle are the guys who have gained the most strength while doing the RIGHT rep. If your workout program doesn’t push you for progressive strength gains on a regular basis you’ll never build any serious muscle.
Reason #2: We Don’t Train With Optimal Frequency
The more frequently you train a muscle, the faster you’ll grow. Most of the fitness and bodybuilding programs out there tell us to train each muscle only once a week. Let me tell you that it’s too little. On the contrary, most of the “functional fitness” workouts and “hard gainer” plans want us to train each muscle group way too much. This overworking of muscles leads to more damage, to the extent that it is really hard for the body to recover from. Furthermore, this mistake leads to nowhere but injuries and muscular strains.
Reason #3: We Do Way Too Many Sets & Reps
The next important step towards better fitness for hard gainers is forgetting about copying their favorite pro bodybuilder or Crossfit competitors for workouts they perform in their videos. Yes, we love their inspiring videos and their killer workouts, but what we don’t apprehend is that their diet and supplement intake, let alone their performance enhancing juices take, are totally irrelevant of what we eat. Their total weekly training volume can literally kill a hardgainer, skinny guy like us, dares build muscle while going roid free.
Our bodies, our regimes, our limitations, and all other aspects are absolutely poles apart from each other so we got no reason to copy them. Thus, there is no reason to do a myriad of sets and workouts for every muscle altogether. Yes, it is to go hard or go home when we hit the gym, but when we do make it to the gym we have to hit it hard for just a max of 40 minutes and complete a workout with the least amount of sets possible. The trick is to push your body slightly more than you did last time. You are free to push it with either more weight or more reps to stimulate the muscle growth process and shock the body in evolution.
Reason #4: We Perform All the Wrong Exercises
There are plenty of experienced guys in the gym that groan louder than they lift. Ask any of them for advice and they will tell you to do nothing but bench press. In reality, this advice is nothing more than an idea that paves the way for sometimes potential injury.
There’s some pretty trendy stuff that’s as I said, trendy, but as bad as its aforementioned counterparts. These trendy mistakes include the likes of Olympic lifting, burpees, and kipping chin-ups and dumbells. Usually what we see in videos makes no sense whatsoever.
I don’t really need to tell you anymore that all of these workouts totally suck for hard gainers and do more harm than good. Hardgainers need joint-friendly, compound exercises, which are too executed in the most precise manner possible. This will not only ensure maximum gains but also reduce the muscle strain and risk of injury that lingers in our body every time we perform a workout.
Reason #5: We Don’t Have a Proven Plan
Most of the people who go struggle to achieve gains don’t actually have a plan to follow: they just go into the gym and wing it. What we do is try something different every time and yearn to make it up on the fly, making us nothing more than a busy idiot. You know that’s a surefire way to make zero progress right?
To achieve some actual gains, you have got to have a solid plan. A plan that proved its mantel ideally, one that underwent thousands and thousands of battle tests by millions of other hard gainers in flesh and blood, just like you and me… a plan with a long track record of fruitful transformations.
You have to stick to that program and track everything you’re doing each and every week.
Then you go the following week and beat what you did previously. That’s how you simplify muscle-building progress and make gains like clockwork.
What Works for Everyone Else DOES NOT Work for Hardgainers
Unfortunately, the way you’re training right now is robbing your body of 90% of the muscle gains you should be making.
But it’s NOT your fault.
You’ve been lied to. With supplement companies, bodybuilding mugs, and clueless personal trainers. They want to keep you skinny so you can keep buying all their useless crap.
I’ve been in your shoes so I know how it feels. That’s why I want to help you end the frustration and finally start gaining some real muscle. After many years of painstaking research and experimentation, I’ve developed a system that packs muscle on even the skinniest, most genetically cursed hardgainers around.
Over the last 25 years I’ve used this system to achieve lightning fast results with more than 52,000 thousand skinny hardgainers just like you…
Who Am I and Why Should You Listen to Me?
My name is Jason Ferruggia. And I’ve successfully trained more skinny guys than anyone else on the planet.
You may have read my monthly “Hardgainer” column in Men’s Fitness or seen me featured in any number of magazines such as Muscle & Fitness, Men’s Health, or Maximum Fitness, heard me on radio stations such as CBS and ESPN, or even seen me on TV stations like ABC and Fox.
My monthly Hardgainer Column in Men’s Fitness.
More importantly, I’m a former skinny hardgainer.
Growing up, I was the weakest, skinniest punk around and gaining weight was impossible for me.
When I first started training, I took advice from bodybuilders and busted my ass in the gym, trying every program and supplementing under the sun for hours straight.
But I got nowhere.
Eventually, I realized I couldn’t find the answers in the muscle magazines or from bodybuilders so I decided to take matters into my own hands. I started spending countless hours reading through stacks of studies and over 300 books on the subject of building muscle…
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15. How does your current workout thoroughly activate all of your different types of muscle fibers?. And how a few simple adjustments will allow you to fully stimulate every untapped fiber, literally forcing your body to grow.
2. Why the precise rest periods you take between sets is crucially important to your results. This could be the difference between being jacked and ripped versus being fat and soft.
4. Why crunches and sit-ups are the absolute worst things you can do if you want a ripped, muscular six-pack with no back pain.
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8. The BEST muscle building exercises for every body part
10. The forgotten finisher that builds mountainous traps and thick, muscular forearms.
12. An exercise NO ONE ever does that gives you a POWER LOOK.
14. A pre-workout warm-up routine that will fire up your nervous system for enhanced performance and bulletproof your body against injuries.
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