More skinny guy help

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    Oct 03, 2007 7:21 AM GMT
    Hi guys! New here. I had a question--I'm a pretty skinny guy, but I'm not really interested in bulking up too much. I've been working out for a while now, but I haven't seen much development in my arms, chest, or ab area. I'm mainly interesting in toning and refining the body I've got now.

    Do the usual skinny guy rules apply, ie. eat at least my body weight in protein, shorter reps with higher weights, etc.? Or should I be taking a different path? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.
  • cacti

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    Oct 03, 2007 6:36 PM GMT
    Lots of welcomes from a fellow skinny guy! I'm certainly no expert, but I started out freakishly thin and was able to put on about 35 pounds of muscle when I first got serious about it a couple years ago. So I can tell you from my perspective what worked for me.

    In short, I would say, YES the skinny rules very likely apply to you if you've always been thin. The diet was the most important part for me, and I think a lot of experts would concur that is the case for most people. In combination with a proper diet, what kick started weight gains for me was sticking to a split routine in the gym 3-4 days a week. It's a bit different now, but I started with a grouping of one day arms/back, next day legs, next day chest/shoulders. Concentrate on perfecting your form and really squeezing that target muscle rather than just lifting a heavier weight. That always helps me get over plateaus and then I can start stacking on more plates again. icon_smile.gif

    Just stay consistent and get lots of rest! icon_cool.gif

    There ARE some experts on here that I hope chime in as well.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Oct 03, 2007 6:47 PM GMT
    1) There are different types of skinny. Skinny can mean that you have the body fat percentage of a wire coat hanger, it can mean that you've got a narrow frame, you can be both skinny and somewhat muscular at the same time, or you can be skinny in the sense that your body is defined almost exclusively by your bones. You'll need to figure out which type of skinny you are.

    2) What you refer to as the standard skinny guy advice is a way for people who have a hard time gaining weight to manage to gain some mass. Therefore, that advice would be a good idea if, say, you want larger pecs or biceps or quads or the like. That will not be the same sort of advice to follow for your abs, or if, say, you want your biceps to be approximately the same size they are now, but be more defined. In those cases, you want lighter weight at higher repetition levels.

    Fundamentally, you've got a couple of different types of fibers in each of your skeletal muscles. The standard skinny guy advice deals primarily with increasing the number of them that are fast twitch--the ones that are used for very short bursts of force, and which are more visible after training. Definition is more based on slow twitch fibers, which are the endurance version--they don't output as much force in the short run, but they also take a lot longer to fatigue. Many (though not all) skinny guys will inherently be better at endurance events, as they've got a higher proportion of the slow twitch fibers, and they're not lugging around as much mass. Many bigger guys will be better suited for sprinting events.

    Or, to put it an easier way: if you're skinny in the sense that you have a hard time gaining either fat or muscle, then follow standard toning suggestions (low weight, high rep, cardio), and it'll go much faster for you than for most guys. It's the flip side of it also taking a lot *more* work for you to gain muscle in the first place.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Oct 03, 2007 7:05 PM GMT
    Google ectomorph work outs. peace

    mike3
  • trl_

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    Feb 08, 2010 1:31 AM GMT
    the OP is adorable.
  • cobra2814

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    Feb 21, 2010 6:22 AM GMT
    Creatine can help too, if you want more muscle. It'll make you a little bloated, but after you've built up some, you can drop the creatine and lose the water weight while retaining the muscle you've built. 5g a day of creatine for 3 months should help.
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    Feb 23, 2010 8:38 PM GMT
    mightyalrighty saidHi guys! New here. I had a question--I'm a pretty skinny guy, but I'm not really interested in bulking up too much. I've been working out for a while now, but I haven't seen much development in my arms, chest, or ab area. I'm mainly interesting in toning and refining the body I've got now.

    Do the usual skinny guy rules apply, ie. eat at least my body weight in protein, shorter reps with higher weights, etc.? Or should I be taking a different path? Any help at all would be greatly appreciated.


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    Feb 23, 2010 8:41 PM GMT
    This thread is two and a half years old and the OP only made one post during his illustrious stay here.

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