Scrawny to Brawny, take two: Who's used it? Has it worked?

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    Jul 25, 2008 4:30 PM GMT
    Saw this posted about a year ago, so I'll leave another message to see if any more folks have tried "Scrawny to Brawny". Did it work? I'm just starting now. Curious.

    -Sean
  • UncleverName

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    Jul 25, 2008 6:20 PM GMT
    I really liked the book. It got me to think about things differently. It made me aware that my lack of calories was really going to hold me back, and that I should definitely be doing squats and deadlifts. I didn't actually complete the program, but am happy I bought the book.

    As a result of reading it, I bought (and love) the Precision Nutrition pack, which consists of a whole swack of info about nutrition and other great info. It also comes with a cook book (Gourmet Nutrition) which is awesome.

    I heartily recommend both. And if anyone's wondering:

    http://www.scrawnytobrawny.com/
    http://precisionnutrition.com/system.html
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jul 25, 2008 11:03 PM GMT
    Ish. I did take their advice to concentrate on multijoint exercises, and go for a small number of reps per set at a higher weight. I also benefited from the suggestions on how to alter form for people with long limbs. I couldn't eat as much as they wanted me to, though--it's just out of my budget, both in terms of money and time. I saw maybe a 5 pound increase in my weight over a few months, but more noticeable strength increases. My goals have largely changed, in that I weigh enough now to not be considered freakishly thin, and I'm more interested in things like cardio function and endurance than was reasonable under their advice. I don't doubt that the advice would work for many, but it got to the point of not being worth it any longer for me.
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    Jul 26, 2008 3:55 AM GMT
    MSUBioNerd saidIsh. I did take their advice to concentrate on multijoint exercises, and go for a small number of reps per set at a higher weight. I also benefited from the suggestions on how to alter form for people with long limbs. I couldn't eat as much as they wanted me to, though--it's just out of my budget, both in terms of money and time. I saw maybe a 5 pound increase in my weight over a few months, but more noticeable strength increases. My goals have largely changed, in that I weigh enough now to not be considered freakishly thin, and I'm more interested in things like cardio function and endurance than was reasonable under their advice. I don't doubt that the advice would work for many, but it got to the point of not being worth it any longer for me.


    Honestly, most of the information in that online lol. And - the real issue with "Scrawny" guys is eating. For people who burn energy faster, it's hard to do training (which causes you to burn MORE energy) and then AFFORD eating so often and so dense to put on the weight on top all of that burning you're doing.

    That's the real challenge, besides that, Bodybuilding.com , T-nation.com and some other places are good enough for me. Any books will come from the library shelves (or i'll sit in Barnes & Noble and read them... shoot... lol)
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    Aug 16, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    i haven't heard about this book until you mentioned it. i checked it out online and it looks pretty promising with all its positive reviews. i'm going to see if it's at the library. icon_smile.gif