The High School Days Of “Skinny Vinny”

By

Vince Del Monte, WBFF Pro Fitness Model, Certified Fitness Trainer
and Nutritionist and author of No Nonsense Muscle
Building.

A few months ago I did an interview with my buddy Sean and he asked me some really good questions about what it was like being “Skinny Vinny” during my high school days and I agreed to take you on a stroll down memory lane to give you an idea that I know exactly what it’s like to feel like a scrawny, weak, pip-squeak…. enjoy… if you think you’re the only way who hates being skinny, average and going unnoticed… wait till you read some stories I’ve NEVER revealed online ever before…

Sean: You were once a 149-pound, skinny and underweight long distance runner. What was your life like back then? Did it always bother you being so scrawny?

Vince: Even though I found my identity in running I remember one particular incident after a soccer tournament in Niagara Falls that put me in tears. After a game in 35 degree heat, all the guys took their shirts off and that was the first time I became self conscious about my body and realized my arms resembled spaghetti noodles.  Some of the guys had “pipes” and all I had was “pipe cleaners.”

I went back to my Nonna’s to shower (I was too embarrassed to shower with the other guys) and starred at my forearm in disgust, which resembled a twig, and I literally started screaming at God and yelling, “Why did you make me so skinny?  I hate my arms!”  I actually started crying by myself.


Sean: Wow…did it get any better as high school went on?

Vince: By the end of my high school days I found my identity in the success that my triathlon and running career brought me so I was learning to deal with the “skinny guy” comments.  Although I can vividly remember feeling like that guy who always went “unnoticed” when the shirt came off at co-ed pool parties, shirt and skins soccer games, wearing tight clothes at the bars, vacations at the beach and showering after gym class.  I can always remember seeing a muscular or ripped guy and think, “Jeez, he must pick up lots of girls…”  It was safe to say that I HATED being that average guy in the room that no one noticed..


Sean: Any other skinny guy horror stories?

Vince: I remember when I was in grade 10, no joke, the hottest girl (I mean SMOKING hot) was sitting in front of me in class and turned around and asked me to arm wrestle my buddy.  Since I went to catholic high school we wore dress shirts so I had no idea that my buddy had 16 inch arms in grade 10!  He was on the wrestling team and was one of those genetic muscle freaks who became a high school wrestling champ. To that point in my life, I never knew it was possible for a male teenager to have arms that big, especially since most of my friends were scrawny long distance runners.  Mine weighed in at a full 12.5 inches and I knew I was going to be humiliated but accepted the challenge.  That was pretty stupid of me because as soon as we locked up I felt like my hand was put in a vice grip and I instantly thought, “My gawd… this guy is a going to break my arm!”  Within about half a second my buddy cranked my arm so fast to the desk that I wished I had the power to disappear and become invisible for ever.  All I could do was turn red, I was so embarrassed.  Not only was I pathetically scrawny but I had zero strength.  That experience was so humiliating, that to even this day, I am always hesitant to arm wrestle (even if I know I can take them) to avoid that horrifying moment.

To top off the story, the hottest girl in school just burst out laughing and said to me, “Vince, you would be so hot if you were as big as Chris (my buddies name).  You have nice hair and great eyes but you have to put some weight on your arms.” It’s amazing how vividly I remember that story…


Sean: No kidding… so I take it that you didn’t have a big dating life in high school?

Vince: I only had one girl friend all through high school and it wasn’t until my last year which is when my running career was going really well and my confidence was sky high (and she was 2 grades lower than me…I was too scared of the girls my own age).   I noticed a direct relation to how confident I was and when I would talk to girls.  After a big championship race when my name was announced during the morning announcements, I would have more confidence and I would make more attempts at talking to girls I thought were hot or even cute.  I totally believe that the more muscular guys in high school got more girls, not because of their bodies, but because they were more confident in themselves so they could be themselves which made them naturally attractive. They were also confident in approaching more girls and the more girls you talk to the better your chances of one of them liking you back.   I will never regret my running days but I often wonder, “What would it have been like if I went through high school super buff, ripped and muscular?”  Imagine being that guy that all the guys were jealous of and the girls drooled over?  What would it be like to be the high school stud?   I guess I’ll never know…


Sean: Anything else?

Vince:  I remember when my friends started going to “bush parties” (when high schooler’s steal their parents alcohol and meet in some deserted field or forest to party with all the cool kids) and downtown to the bars, I became very self conscious about the clothes I wore.  I remember going to Bootlegger (the cool and expensive clothing store at the time) and buying these tight fitted “euro” shirts that hugged your entire body (kind of like Under Armour clothes) and standing in front of my Mom’s mirror for 15-20 minutes examining my buddy and how it looked from different angles. I would try 4-5 different shirts of the similar style until I found the one that made my body look as big as possible.  I became very jealous of the guys who could wear plain t-shirts or any kind of clothing because their muscular physiques made any kind of clothes look good.


Sean: Anything embarrassing that you hope other skinny guys could avoid?

Vince:  Yes… one last memory I’ll share for now (I have MANY more).  I remember going to “Tony’s Billards,” which was where a lot of guys in high school would go on weekends to shoot pool.  This pool hall was surrounded with mirrors so I got into a habit of checking myself out in the mirror (when I didn’t think anyone was looking) to see how my arms looked in my euro fitted shirts.  One time I was squeezing the pool cue in a attempt to see some definition in my arms and one my buddies caught me and just burst out laughing and went on to tell a few more guys who thought it was equally funny and the story soon spread up and down the hall ways on Monday morning at school. My buddy went on to nickname me “Heart Throb Vinny D” which was the last thing I felt like!

Sean: I’m sure you could go on, lets talk more about your University days in the next interview.  Any final comments to anyone reading?

Vince: Yes.  If i didn’t have my running, I wish I had muscle in high school.  I am confident that having a muscular and strong body would have made me more relaxed, confident, less stressed and would have helped me enjoy my high school days much more.  I definitely would have dated more girls or talked to more girls and I would not have been so afraid of confrontation (an entire other subject) and I would have been much tougher and would not have let guys push me around verbally.

I’m not sure if you can relate to my story but if you’re skinny, I don’t care how friggin weak or scrawny you are, I can relate to you and I know how it feels.

That is why you should listen to me.  Stop listening to Jay Cutler and Ronnie Coleman.  Those guys don’t have a clue of what it’s like to be you.  Stop reading those bodybuilding websites and magazines that are covered with guys who use steroids and are just trying to sell you supplements and “drug program” workouts.

They don’t care about you either and they don’t have your best interests at heart.  They just want you to buy into their lies and rip you off over and over.

I am dead serious.  Stop listening to anyone and everyone who can not relate to your problem.  Why would you take advice from anyone who has zero clue what it’s like to have bad genetics, a fast metabolism or long limbs?  They did not have to overcome the same obstacles as you so in my opinion, they are not the most credible source of information for you… Would you take money advice from a guy who won the lottery?  So why take bodybuilding advice from a guy who has amazing genetics?

Listen to me and do what I tell you.  If you’re sick and tired of being skinny and want to become super buff, ripped and muscular and have girls drooling over you and make guys jealous of you start following my muscle building program and you’ll be able to hook up with any girl you want and you’ll get more respect from your buddies that they’ll start asking you for advice.

Don’t miss out on the opportunities that I did…. life is too short to be skinny and average – order my muscle building program NOW.

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Talk soon,

Vince DelMonte

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15 thoughts on “The High School Days Of “Skinny Vinny”

  1. Thanks for sharing Vince! HS was hell for most of us at one point or another so I applaud you for sharing! I was skinny too but very athletic so I wasn’t teased like that, but lost some arm wresting matches in close calls so I know about how that feels. I’m a big 200lb muscle-head now but still fear an arm wrestling match! Some things just stick with you…

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  2. hello vince .
    thanks for your 6pack program, i have used it for 3 month and my bf from 21 drop to 12..i am so satisfy on it and my target is 10% (sorry , i am too easy to satisfy).

    one thing i want suggest in your video program , that is can you add a english words in the screen ? i think many customers like me (english not good enough to listen ,but for reading most is ok) ..

    thanks

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  3. I don’t think most people know how hurtful “skinny” is to us. All my life I cringed when someone called me skinny. We grow up in a fat obsessed world, yet I would venture to say that “skinny” is as hurtful a word as “fatty” is.

    I just bought the program and am now on week 1. I’m confident, but always looked at my body and said, “Gee, if only I could add more weight on here, I would look really good”, I’m 6 foot even and long limbs. At 160 lbs, I just know I would look like a monster at 200 plus. The worst part in having long limbs is never finding clothes that fit you properly. Mediums? To short in the arms, large? The arms are just right, but it looks like I am wearing a tent with all that room in the shoulders and chest. I want to gain the weight to finally find clothes that fit me properly.

    Plus as I add the muscles, my wife can’t keep her hands off me!

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  4. Thanks for your article, Vince. I wasn’t ever skinny– I was the fat kid. But the unkind comments were hurtful and my body self image has never recovered even though I have reduced my 54″ waist to 34″. I thought that by becoming more “normal” that I would like myself, but my “issues” go well beyond what I see in the mirror.

    I remember talking to this guy at the gym who had an absolutely =awesome= (but relatively small) body. I mean, this guy was a pretty compact dude–but he was very nicely proportional and very lean with well-defined muscles and beautiful, clear skin and a bright smile. But he was unhappy with his appearance and told me that he wished that his arms “were just a little bit bigger.” Sigh.

    I suggest The Serenity Prayer: “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, courage to change the things that I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” The measure of a man is NOT how far it is from the top of your head to the floor, nor the diameter of your biceps (or your waist, for that matter)–it’s what’s =inside= that really counts.

    So should you make an effort to change your body? Certainly. But don’t go off the deep end, and don’t obsess if you’re not “successful” in your efforts. Somebody, =somewhere= is desperately seeking the very body that you now have… and you’re blessed to already have it!

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  5. Yo vince, i have a story, some jackass behind me wouldnt stop moving around my desk, he made fun of me and said i wayed 2 pounds….. its like stabbing my pride man i tell ya

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  6. The stigma associated with being “skinny” is socially conditioned. When Elvis made his comeback in 1968-69 he was “as skinny as a rake and handsomer than 12 film stars”, as one of his side-kicks eloquently put it. And guess what? That side-kick was right. My point is not that you’re either right or wrong on this issue, Vince, merely that one can be skinny and both look and feel good (I’ve seen your “skinny” photos and I think you were a good-looking and healthy kid!).
    Having said that, I got your “6 pack abs” course and I’m following the diet plan (invested in a new belnder for the shakes, which are beautiful) and working hard in the gym and at home to put on about 5-6 kg of lean muscle. This is because I’ve achieved my athletic ambitions (sub 3 hour marathon) and now feel that it’s time to move on and remain healthy while being less “skinny”.
    Come to think of it, I’m just like you, Vince: a long-distance runner turned bodybuilder (though somewhat older, as I’m going on 47).
    Watch this space… .

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  7. hey Vince,

    I can totally relate with what you experienced! Especially the part where you try different shirts where you looked muscular. I was the same years… well, even months ago. Now, I’m seeing progress in my physique, but I need help because I’ve reached my first ever plateau. Thanks a lot for the help dude!

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  8. Vince, this page doesn’t show up with Internet Explorer. I opened it in Mozilla Firefox and it showed the page appropriately. Thanks for sharing the stories man. I say keep ’em coming. I think it’ll be helpful to you and it’ll be cool for us to get to know you more.

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  9. I’ll just say that its true….once you get a “good” body or at least one better than the average joe’s, people do start asking what you’re doing, girls do start to notice, and your confidence does go up. I’m in high school right now and I’ve still had quite a few of my friends ask what i do or what i use, etc. I’ve also had a little more confidence to start talking to girls more, and the feeling you get is just….well, this year is ALOT better than last lol. I wasn’t really a skinny kid, and according to one of my friends, “Weren’t you a pudgy lil’ f***er last year?” But I’ve thankfully changed enough to get myself a little more ‘positive attention’ 😉 and my hard work-spent summer is definitely worth it.

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  10. Hey Vince,

    Cheers for sharing those stories with us, I know exactly what your getting at with this whole skinny issue and can relate to you easily. I appear skinnie than I am as I am 6ft2.5″ so i look really long and lanky. I like being tall but hate being skinny and have tried numerous times to add muscle and weight to my body. I am currentley 12.2 stone so 170 pounds, I have been meaning to buy your book as soon as I get the money for it as I am really low on money just now 🙁
    Anyway thanks again for sharing !

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  11. I’m sorry to hear that you had such a tough time in high school. I too had a very poor self image in high school (actually, I still do), but not for the same reason. Actually, I am exactly the opposite of you. Most girls would love to have the problem you had in high school. It is considered acceptable for a girl to be skinny in most societies. It is never considered acceptable for a girl to be fat. I did learn something valuable today. You offered a piece of advice that I think I should take. You say to for people to stop taking advice from people that can’t possibly understand what you are going through. Stop listening to fitness experts that can’t relate to your specific problem. After reading this article, I am convinced that you can not relate to being that fat kid that has tried everything to lose weight but can’t seem to get anywhere. You are here for those with the “skinny gene”. That’s great. But I no longer think you can help me.

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  12. Vince,
    I relate a lot to your comments as I have been the skinny, scrawny girl, the hot chick and the chubby girl, at various times in my life. The comments people say to you, especially in high school stay with you forever. I’m still haunted by the cool guy quarterback making fun of my stick legs in a mini skirt in grade 9. That same guy was on my tail in grade 12. Now, on the other side with 40 pounds to lose, I get tired of not being treated the same as when I was the hot chick.
    BUT… soon I will be back to fighting shape.
    Your workouts are making a difference and your advice to get my eating problems under control first was spot on. I’m 5 days in to a supervised detox, using your workouts, and I’ve lost 6 pounds already, with no loss of lean body mass.

    You are an inspiration to the skinny and chubby alike.
    Thanks Vince.

    Lora

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  13. Yeah Vince, we skinny people have been there. I’m afraid to take off my shirt too!

    Imran

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  14. Hah it’s cool you shared those stories with us. While I do feel bad for some things that happened to you, on the other hand I’m glad they happened because if they didn’t I don’t think you would wrote this great of a program heh.

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  15. Vince, i can’t really related to what you were subject to being skinny, with the names and all, but i can definetlly relate to how scrawny you were and how it made you feel, wishing to god that you had muscle building genetics so you could not only look better but just feel alot more confident in yourself. I have been average all my life and it wasnt only until i went on your program that i started to pack on some muscle. I gained 20lbs in about 4 months and while i’m still not at the point i’d like to be, it is a big change compared to where i used to be.

    Great to hear your story.

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