A lot of guys struggle to put on muscle mass. They want get bigger and stronger, but they end up getting frustrated. I’ll explain a few of the biggest mistakes skinny guys make and why these should be avoided:
Trying to duplicate the training methods in bodybuilding magazines. This is the wrong approach for several reasons. First of all, most of the bodybuilders you see in magazines do not have typical genetics. They are already genetically gifted and would grow no matter what they did in the weight room. But there’s something even more important to consider: the vast majority of professional bodybuilders use anabolic steroids and very high doses of them. Steroids are complete game changers that affect every single aspect of muscle building—especially the way someone should train. To summarize, it is a big mistake to try to train six days a week like what you may see in the bodybuilding magazines.
Here’s something else you should know: most bodybuilding magazines are owned by supplement companies. This is why you see so many adds, even though the supplements probably have little to do with the muscles you see in the pictures. Even the more independent magazines and/or websites rely heavily on sponsorship money from supplement companies.
This leads to another wrong strategy: spending too much time and money on supplements. Many young trainees will go out and spend hundreds of dollars on supplements, believing they will help them get bigger and stronger. The truth is almost all supplements don’t work and are a complete waste of time and money. There are a few that are worthwhile (like creatine monohydrate), but at least 95% of the stuff that’s out there will only drain your wallet.
Another mistake skinny guys make is to not rest enough. If you want to gain muscle you need to be sure to get enough sleep every night. Sleep is good for your testosterone levels, and it also helps your muscles recover. I know this is not always possible, but don’t complain about your lack of gains in the gym if you are up every night partying.
Young trainees also spend too much time on the wrong exercises. It’s OK to do a few isolation exercises, but most of your muscle will be built with basic, compound movements (squat, deadlift, etc.) This is where most of your time and effort should be spent if you are trying to get bigger and stronger. Get stronger in the basic lifts and you’ll end up putting on mass—that’s the bottom line.
I’d recommend Vince Delmonte’s No Nonsense Muscle Building 2.0 if you want to avoid some of these mistakes and get a complete, step-by-step guide for building muscle. This program will show you how to put on that first 20 to 30 pounds of mass. There’s no need to waste time on ineffective methods when you can follow Vince Delmonte’s blueprint for body transformation. I think you’ll find that investing in training and nutritional knowledge is a much better use of your hard-earned money than most supplements.