How To Build Lean Muscle with These Tips To Cure The Skinny Guy

By

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

How To Build Lean Muscle with These Tips To Cure The Skinny Guy
A Roundtable, featuring Joe DeFranco, Vince DelMonte, and Craig Weller

Are you afraid of blowing away in a strong gust of wind? Tired of looking in the mirror and seeing vermicelli arms and Tinker Toy legs? Does your little sister ask to borrow your clothes… and threaten to beat you up if you refuse? Do you ever look at the 45-pound plates in the gym and wonder when you’ll be able to use them? Sick of answering questions that remind you of the one subject you try to avoid?

You aren’t alone: Lots of guys share your hypertrophy-averse physiology. Many of them manage to work their way into more mirror-friendly proportions. I’m one of them, and I report to two former skinny bastards who grew up to be Testosterone Muscle editors.

A select few end up as coaches who help guys like us get bigger, stronger, and more athletic. I talked to three of them: Joe DeFranco, a strength coach based in New Jersey who works with elite high school, college, and pro athletes; Vince DelMonte, author of No-Nonsense Muscle Building; and Craig Weller, a trainer based in San Diego and popular Testosterone contributor who’s a former member of the Navy’s elite special-ops forces.

I locked the three of them in a room and wouldn’t let them leave until they filled my tape recorder with nutrition tips, training strategies, and lifestyle adjustments that they’ve used to help themselves and their clients work up to larger shirt sizes.

Testosterone Muscle: Let’s go back to high school. How would I have picked you out of a crowd? What about now?

Craig Weller:

TM:Philosophers have been debating this question since the advent of written language, so I’ll put it to you: What’s more important for the naturally skinny kid — training or nutrition?

JD:

TM: But McDonald’s?

JD:

TM: Interesting stuff. What do you think, Craig?

TM: What about the idea that skinny guys can get away with eating more junk food, at least for a while?

TM: So are carbs and protein the only thing we’re concerned about?

CW:

VD:

TM: That’s an excellent point and one most guys wouldn’t even consider. Let’s talk training for the skinny guys. Kick us off, Vince.

VD:

JD:

VD: 

TM: Good point. Joe, you’ve written three different versions of “Westside for Skinny Bastards.” Do you still train athletes with that basic template?

JD:

CW:

TM: Wouldn’t conditioning be the last thing on a skinny guy’s mind? Wouldn’t that burn too many calories?

TM: Joe, I know you’ve got some interesting thoughts on lower-body training. Care to share?

JD:

TM: Vince, anything to add here?

VD:

TM: All right, last question. Give my your biggest, baddest tip for skinny guys looking to shed their medium-size T-shirts for good.

TM: Damn, Craig, that’s messed up. What about you Vince?

VD:

TM: Wrap us up, Joe.

JD:

TM: Awesome tips. Thanks for participating, guys.

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24 thoughts on “How To Build Lean Muscle with These Tips To Cure The Skinny Guy

  1. Hi Vince,
    i must laught the wrap up suggestion,it sound funny, but you guys were right, i need to start pump more food in this body, and be more proactive in the gym.
    However i have one of the gym guy as my personal trainer.
    I am skinny my whole life, ansd it time to get some muscle, iam 5.9 high and weigth only 145 lbs, ashame.
    You guys really stimulate me with yours suggest to continue awesome man, specially about how much thing to eat to pump up. thank you man.

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  2. Yes, K.I.S.S: Workout 3 days a week using compound exercises, keep your sets down and intensity up, log your workouts, and follow one of Vince’s diet plans. There you have it in a nutshell! 😉

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  3. Very Entertaining & Informative article Vince! thx for sharing!

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  4. O.K. so you like to talk to your customers and I have viewed them tell I fall asleep in front of the computer. O.k enough said,but your advertisements are not getting men like me out in the field of pumping iron, to develope a body that puts you to shame. So you’re handsome with all those bulging muscles on your body at the age of 29. How can a man of 50 yrs old ever get through all your material and even get one workout done? Opps? do I hear you coming around the corner to challenge me to a workout program? where is it in all the e-mails that you have sent to me and along with materials, where the first workout??

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  5. I get tired reading your articles. Honestly!
    Is there any way you can get them to be a lot shorter than what they are now? Not to be sarcastic, but have you ever heard of “K.I.S.S.’ keep it simple stupid” and I am not calling you stupid believe me or you will challenge me to one of your workouts which would be okay but I don’t want to wear you out, or send you home defeated.

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  6. Hello Vince, your email video guides and articles are really helpful! Thanks so much for that, I check my inbox daily for some of your stuff.

    I would very much love to to sign up for the workout of the month DVD as well as the interview CD. It would be helpful since I’m a skinny guy in a need of some muscle mass. I’m 17 and weigh 140 lbs at 5″11. I can do any workout you throw at me Vince, honestly, I just want to get bigger and leaner. I’m sick of looking like a twig, if you know what i mean.

    I’d like to hear from a mix musclebuilding experts, nutritionists and professional athletes and recieve a newsletter, Diversity is the key to success. As soon as i put my pennies together and make ends meet i will order your Hardgainer’s Succes Kit. Again Vince, thank you for motivating me and thanks for your email newsletters and tips.

    Take Care!

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  7. one of the guys said i think his name was craig he said he made his guys do 20 push ups every 2 hours. do you recommend that?? even in off days. and doesnt the body need to recover??.and how bout reps you said high reps is better for skinny guys. but is it true that if you go hevy and less reps you put strees on your musculs to grow. soory but am a lil confused.

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  8. great article…i need help

    so basically I’m finding it hard to get started its December 24th I’m 18years old 170 pounds and 6ft4. for many years i have been getting comments like gain some weight being called twiggy and slim and all the other comments people enjoy to say to put you down

    i want to gain muscle to get out of this skinny skinny body and start havingfun with my life an confidence in my self

    honistly right now im at zero confidence i have tried to get a subscription to the ymca before went for a week but was so embarrassed that i was the skinny guy there to actually work out..working out at home would be good if i knew…

    what machine to buy im looking at bowflexes and others but dont know what ones the best i currently only have a bench press

    and if i knew what to eat how much to eat when to work out and for how long each time

    Vince please help me i want to transform myself

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  9. thanks for clarifying that intensive workout is the key to aid in growth of muscles. Performing training beyond individual’s threshold sounds painful to me, but your advices up there really made it worth to be done.
    Thank you very much..

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  10. Good interview vince.

    It seems like all 3 of you get results, even though you have differences on some of the specifics of the program. You said it well, when you said ‘listen to your body’, and ‘stay with one program’. Stay with one program, track the results, and when your body stops responding, then see what changes you can make to those specifics where ‘gurus’ disagree. Until then, just be consistent.

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  11. Me and a friend tried a new workout that we saw on the internet. http://www.building-muscle101.com/best-arm-workout.html. After 4 days and eating 150 dolars worth of food we went to the gym for 8 hours and did the blitzkrieg. This isn’t a good thing to do often since it’s so expensive and hard on your body but it’s gonna be my secret weapon to break down any plateau’s I have.

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  12. Great article Vince.

    I just want to wish you a very merry Christmas, and thank you for being my coach, you are really making a difference for me.

    Merry Christmas!

    Ruben

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  13. HI VINCE!

    Love the article! Almost one year ago, on Jan.1/007 I promise myself to start going to the gym and to change my life and habits 90º. Well I did it! THANKS TO YOU! all your articles and motivations help me to accomplish my goal. 50 pounds less, training intensely, lots of muscle growth, working on my 6 pack, veggies, fruit, nuts lots of water and wearing size 4. Completly out of my comfort zone. My few friends that are left, consider that I am obsessive! What social life?, when everybody is eating and drinking and being merry, I am pumping iron, working and resting, but my results are one of the 7 wonders of the world and everybody at the gym guys and girls want to know the SECRET.

    Ok Vince, For 2009 I want volume gaining, lifting much weight as possible, thight ass, hamstrings and quads.

    MERRY XMAS AND LOTS OF BLESSINGS!

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  14. Awesome Article Vince!
    keep up the good work and Merry xmas to you!

    Ray

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  15. I’ve been trying to work out at home … but I always failed. The reason is because I’m too lazy and everyone keep telling me that I’m too skinny to lift weight. I stop being lazy, I’ve tried to put on some weight but all the weight just vanished!! I don’t know what to do…

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  16. Solid article Vince. I’m actually working on timing my rest periods, but I hate working with a stop watch for myself. Much easier to use with my clients.

    Also something else about timing. I think if you want good results, you should also time the length of your sets. The importance of this would be to stay in the anaerobic energy system and not work into the aerobic energy system. Therefore, a person should be lifting for approximately 5-45 seconds. Anything over this, would be using more of the aerobic energy system than the anaerobic.

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  17. Loved this quote…

    “The first thing I want say is that “do what works for you” is some bullshit advice for beginners”

    It’s about as effective as eat less exercise more for fat loss!

    I watch those seemingly “do what works” folks – gainers and losers. What they are doing doesn’t appear to be working!! There’s a couple of guys who I’ve seen at my gym for 2 years now. They look pretty much the same as they did 2 years ago! They’ve got the dedication to be sure – so their results should reflect that!

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  18. Thanks for all the help with my training.i have made some good gains thanks to your advice..have a good christmas and keep up the good work in the new yaer..

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  19. it was reading about skinny cure.but im 5.5ht and at fatter side wright around 75kgs .
    anyway Merry Christmas and happy new year with lots andlots of love may this yr brings all ur dreams come true and good health which ofcouse u have and happy ness and joy in ur life. once again Merry Christmas.
    any chance to visit india do rem me.

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  20. Wow… Kim, those results are killer. Right on!

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  21. Hi Vince,

    I wanted to let you know what my results were on the Master Cleanse after you posted comments about it in your emails last month. To give you a bit of my background, I have had thyroid cancer – twice and two operations and radiation to alleviate it. So far, the second attemt was successful. Not the point though.

    Since last December, the doctor’s have been playing with my thyroid medication to get it to balance the TSH levels where they should be. In my case, almost non-existent. At the end of November I had an appointment for regular bloodwork to test those levels and other ones, to which were found very high for me. They increased my meds again to bring the levels down. This usually takes about 8 weeks to determine the outcome, but for some reason they ordered me in for more blood work two weeks later with an appointment to follow the next day. It just so happened I opted to do the cleanse at this time.

    When I went in for my appointment, my panel of 3 specialists, whom I always see, were in total disbelief and baffled about my TSH levels and Free 3’s and 4’s. I had informed them that I had just finished doing a detox for the past 10 days. They wanted to know everything about it and what came out of my body. They were concerned there was something wrong with me or there was a lab error. To their astonishment, my levels went from 3.3 to 0.4 in two weeks – totally unheard of! So they sent me back to the lab for more bloodwork on the spot. The following week I got the results back and my levels dropped even further to a .22!! Amazing that I got absorption results like that after that cleanse. I’m hooked and will continue to cleanse bi-annually to make sure my body works cleaner and more efficient. Thank you so much for sharing that information with me, because I wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.

    For anyone else humming and hawing about doing a cleanse…STOP! It wasn’t that hard and the benefits out way any downsides. I welcome the next cleanse I do in the spring.

    Cheers.

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  22. HI Vince,

    You are welcome.. I do appreciate your proposed plan. As I mentioned to you before, that I always start reading first your inbox message to me everytime I opened my computer. I have just finished my legs exercise this morning (4 sets squat; 3 sets leg extension; 3 sets leg press and 1set lunges= that’s all). The other day was my chest, shoulder & tricep. For the last day of the week will be back and bicep.

    Thanks for reading

    Merry Xmas

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