How long does it take for a skinny guy to bulk up?

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    Mar 29, 2013 2:52 AM GMT
    Hi all,

    This is a question for skinny/slim guys who transformed into muscular men:

    How long does it take a slim guy to bulk up, assuming going to gym for weight training, 4 days or 5 days in a week? Is it even possible to transform your body type?

    Thanks for your help in advance!
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    Mar 29, 2013 12:58 PM GMT
    It depends on a lot of things like:

    Genetics/Body Type/Metabolism

    Supplement Usage - legal and/or illegal

    Diet - quality of food, number of calories you eat, vitamin intake

    Workout - do you do a lot of cardio (bad for bulking)? do you do too many reps/sets? are you lifting heavy enough? Are you using proper form? Are you doing isolation or compound exercises? Variety?


    Some guys can add 20 pounds of muscle in their first year. Others struggle even if they're doing everything right. There isn't any set time, really. Obviously, steroids with regular lifting will help you bulk up the quickest. Still, legality, cost, long-term health, and supply are all factors that you'll have to consider before deciding before or against using those.
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    Mar 29, 2013 1:10 PM GMT
    At my skinny starting point I weighed 140. I am now 7 years into my journey and am at 168 today. Body fat % has remained constant over the years. One thing that hindered fast growth for me was running hard core for a few years. Since I majorly slowed that down is when most of my growth happened.
  • calibro

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    Mar 29, 2013 1:22 PM GMT
    39.64 years
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    DICK ↑
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    Mar 29, 2013 1:35 PM GMT
    Of cos you can!

    A year ago I was 6'3 and weighed 65kg which is very much underweight for my height, after seeing this I decided to join a gym to bulk up. For a skinny guy,picking up weight is not the easiest thing, you have to eat non stop and not just any food but good food, healthy carbs, protein, good fat etc I'm not a big eater but after a while of constantly stuffing my face with food, I expanded my appetite. I work out 4-5days a week and after 8months I'm now 78kg.

    The good thing- This has actually boosted my self confidence and i feel I'm a better person. I get noticed in a room and feel great approaching a guy, i feel even flattered when im conversing with a guy and all he's steering at is my arms icon_biggrin.gif Ild keep working out to maintain my body,luckily I've got good genes but I could make it even better.

    The bad thing- I need a new wardrobeicon_eek.gif I don't fit into many of my clothes any more, expensive slim shirts and designers jackets all have to go. Back to square one!

    But I'm happy with the trade!!icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    Don't dirty bulk (eating cake, ice cream and that sort of thing), if you are skinny you are in a good position to build muscle as it will show straight away.
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    Mar 29, 2013 3:21 PM GMT
    Yeah I'm trying to gain muscle. I'm the type of person who could eat all they wanted and not gain weight. I want gain by legal means. No illegal crap.
    My diet will improve next year when I'm out of the dorms and not tied down to a meal plan.
    My goal is 20lbs of muscle. I typically do 4x8 reps for most weighta usually do that like 3 times during my workout.
  • wander2340

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    Mar 29, 2013 3:48 PM GMT
    Be careful of the term "bulk up" because that can also mean fat. It's better to focus on growing muscle. Get one of those sewing measuring tapes and measure your arms, chest, etc. Rather than weighing yourself on a scale take measurements of the specific muscle groups. This will help you avoid the trap of focusing too much on just getting bigger which would probably be mostly fat anyways. Then study up on proper nutrition. When working to gain muscle your body will need extra protein but not necessarily a ton of extra calories.

    I tend to be on the skinny side and am definitely a "hard gainer." After working out diligently with a trainer several hours per week (in addition to my regular work outs) for a year and being very careful with my diet I gained 2 inches on my arms and 3 inches on my chest. It is frustrating that I couldn't do better than that but it is still a huge improvement. It's hard to know how that translates into weight gain but I'd guess it's around 7 pounds of muscle.

    Supplements definitely made a difference. You would do well to research and experiment with them until you figure out what works best for you. You will be tempted to do steroids because it speeds up the whole process but your health may suffer in the long run.

    Good luck!!!
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:23 PM GMT
    wander2340 saidBe careful of the term "bulk up" because that can also mean fat.


    It's not fat, it's cultivating mass.
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    I started at 120 and to get to 150lbs it took me more than a year, I had to use weight gaining supplements cause my metabolism is shit
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:27 PM GMT
    Be in it for the long haul. 2- 5 years realistically, from what I've seen on others profiles on other sites like bodybuilding.com.
    The goal is to make your high protein diets a natural part of your life so you no longer think about it- that takes work and practice. Hitting the gym is as important as diet and rest periods so your muscles can build up.
    Good luck dude, hang in there!
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    Not long, work out intensively, your apetite will increase as a result of that and you will get bigger. That's how I went from 125 to 190
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    charlitos saidNot long, work out intensively, your apetite will increase as a result of that and you will get bigger. That's how I went from 125 to 190


    TEACH MEEEE!!!!!!
    We need to exchange notes bud. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:37 PM GMT
    Forever in my case. :S Best of luck though!
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    Mar 29, 2013 5:38 PM GMT
    i think optimally you can grow a pound (or was it half a pound?) muscle a week under perfect circumstanced....

    but i would recommend doing 5X5 rippetoe as a start, that contains the basic lifts which will build up strength. Do that for 3 months, and see where you stand.
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    Mar 29, 2013 8:13 PM GMT
    charlitos saidNot long, work out intensively, your apetite will increase as a result of that and you will get bigger. That's how I went from 125 to 190


    though, tbh, you are a god
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    Mar 29, 2013 10:28 PM GMT
    blueyedgrey2014 saidDICK ↑


    i'm sorry, don't you have more boring puberty shots to pose for?
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    Mar 30, 2013 12:07 AM GMT
    GonzoTheGreat said
    charlitos saidNot long, work out intensively, your apetite will increase as a result of that and you will get bigger. That's how I went from 125 to 190


    though, tbh, you are a god



    Hi icon_wink.gif
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    Mar 30, 2013 12:08 AM GMT
    GigoloAssassin said
    charlitos saidNot long, work out intensively, your apetite will increase as a result of that and you will get bigger. That's how I went from 125 to 190


    TEACH MEEEE!!!!!!
    We need to exchange notes bud. icon_biggrin.gif


    Says the one with biceps bigger than his head!
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    Mar 30, 2013 1:35 AM GMT
    In high school, I weighed about 180 at 17 and 5'5", and had the fifth highest strength index in my high school. In my late 20's, and off and on from time to time, I weigh 230, but, generally I hang 205 to 220. 230 means eating almost non stop.

    If you want to get bigger, you have to have more calories (this topic comes up every few days). If you fear food..you WILL fail.

    Each pound of muscle burns about 20 to 25 calories per day just sitting there, so, the bigger you get the more you MUST eat.

    In general, to gain mass, about 18 calories, or more, per day, per pound of weight is the current rule of thumb.

    Adding muscle is the ONLY activity that gives you a more active metabolism AS YOU GROW OLDER. (Along with a long list of other good effects, but...more muscle means more work for your heart, so you have to stay hydrated, and YOU MUST DO CARDIO.)

    I am a classic meso (I was 180 in HIGH SCHOOL). If your wrists are small, you have less potential to be a big man. Just how it is.

    If you want size, you need an abundance of calories, and you need to train for sarcoplasmic hypertrophy.

    Testosterone, is endogenous to your body, so unlike over the counter supplements, it's much LESS likely to cause any harm.

    Many current OTC supplements are JUNK, unsafe, and unhealthy.

    The take away: Eat.

    I've put 85 pounds of muscle on someone in just 5 months, while lowering fat by 2%. It's about EATING.

    I grew up on a ranch in Nebraska, and ate lots of solid food (not fried, not sugary, not fatty, not salty).

    Eat. Eat more.

    You have to nudge your set point up. The higher the set point, the more calories it requires to eat.

    If I'm very active, I'll consume close to 6000 calories a day...every day.

    It is that very simple: calories.

    The more you eat, the faster your set point moves up.
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    Mar 30, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    I gained 50lbs since I started with 140lbs and I still look thin, especially when clothed. People still ask me "do you work out? do these supplements work?" when they see me with my protein shakes. icon_rolleyes.gif

    Yes, you can grow a lot, but at the same time, prepare yourself for the fact that if you are an ecto, you will always be an ecto and you may never have mesomorphic proportions. If you are very tall and thin, you may need to gain 100lbs just to look mesomorphic. An herculean task for a hard gainer body type.

    Examples for you. Muscular ecto guy:

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    Muscular meso guy:

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    Apparently endo guys aren't worth any cover! icon_lol.gif
  • mybud

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    Mar 30, 2013 2:41 AM GMT
    You eat like a beast...You lift like a beast...repeat..How long it takes depends in how bad you want it?...If your answer is pretty fucking bad, you'll be successful ....If your answer is Meh...why did ya ask.
  • ilike1

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    Mar 30, 2013 2:23 PM GMT
    What is a good work out plan for skinny guys just starting to muscle up?
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    Mar 30, 2013 2:38 PM GMT
    I have seen Navy basic raining bulk a 135 lb guy up in 3 month. Actually it's pretty typical. That only 12 lbs or so a month.