Skinny Guy Mistake #3: Majoring In The Minors

By

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

“Most people fail in life because they major in the minor things.”  – Anthony Robbins

“Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is doing the right things.” – Peter Drucker

“Clarity is the antidote to anxiety.” – Marcus Buckingham

“We all sometimes sweat the small stuff. We often make mountains of molehills, magnifying issues of little or no importance into giant obstacles and barriers.” – The Quotable Coach

One of the biggest reasons skinny guys stay skinny is because they spend their days “majoring in the minors.” By this, I mean spending your time and efforts on activities that have little or minimal impact on your muscle and fitness results.

With thousands of pages of information on the Internet, us skinny guys can get caught up wasting our valuable time on marginal and unproductive activities. It’s easy to become that guy who is a walking encyclopedia of information.  That guy who can analyze the pros and cons of every bodybuilding routine in existence. That guy who can critique the upsides and downsides of every nutritional strategy invented. That guy who knows all the stats, measurements and gear cycles of the Pro Bodybuilders. That guy who could teach a college bodybuilding class about supplementation.

And sadly, it’s often the same guy who looks the same as last year. He couldn’t gain 1 pound of muscle if Arnold showed up at his front door. He’s been in a plateau for months. He knows what works for the rest of the world but has no idea what works for HIMSELF! He couldn’t tell you what training program or diet strategy has proven most effective for himself.

Putting The Cart Before The Horse

These guys are examples of putting the cart before the horse! This simply means to do things out of order. This saying comes from the olden days when horses were used to pull carts since they didn’t have cars or trucks yet. If you put the cart before the horse you weren’t going anywhere.  You are not doing things in the right order!

Until you master THE BASICS, you have no business worrying about anything else!

Stop reading hundreds of different opinions before taking action. Stop following information that is not applicable to your goals and needs. Stop putting every theory under a microscope. Stop losing sleep over the minutia.

Start focusing on what REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE.

So – What are the Majors?

1. Lifting Execution! Learn the science of bio mechanics to understand how to move your muscles through a full range of motion. Anatomically, learn what a fully shortened and fully lengthen muscle looks like for each respective bodypart. There is only one muscle building program in existence that can teach you this and it’s Ben Pakulski’s MI40 System.

2. Workout Suitable For Your Goals!  If you’re a complete beginner and have not exploited high-frequency full-body workouts then you don’t need to be doing Ronnie Coleman’s 2-hour marathon training workouts. In No Nonsense Muscle Building I teach skinny novices to exploit the benefits of high-frequency, full body routines with variable rep ranges for the first 6-months before even thinking about a split program.

3. Get Your Calories & Macronutrients In Order! Before you even think about various calorie manipulation methods, master a set daily intake. Forget “high days” and “low days” and “carb cycling” etc until you have proven you can hit your daily caloric intake using simplicity!  Before you worry about food combining (an advanced technique taught after NNMB), master the habit of eating balanced meals. In No Nonsense Muscle Building, the muscle building diet is based around consuming a balance of fats, proteins and carbohydrates with every meal. The easiest way for a skinny guy to hit his goal calories is eating balanced. For instance, 45% carbohydrate intake, 35% protein intake and 20% fat intake.  Trying to hit your goal calories with food combining requires an entirely new level of dedication which you must graduate into.

4. Establish A Regular Meal Frequency! Smaller meals at a more regular meal cadence are optimal for skinny guys. Consuming 3,000-5,000 calories in 3 or 4 sitting can be tough on the digestive system and not optimal for absorption.  Whether you chose to divide your calories over 4 meals or 7 meals is your choice but ensure it’s not both – make it consistent so you can manage your progress and make adjustments if you’re not growing.

5. Don’t Got Nuts On Supplements… Yet! Over the years I’ve furthered my supplementation strategies but when I first started, ten years ago, the only supplements I used to gain 41 pounds of muscle in 24 weeks were a multi vitamin, fish oils, protein powder and some creatine. That’s it! Don’t panic if you can’t invest a few hundred dollars on supplements (each month).  There is more opportunity for gains getting consistent with your calories and macros. As you get closer to your genetic ceiling and more serious, start increasing your supplement budget.

6. Focus On What You CAN Control. There is no point stressing about your genetics, fast metabolism or long limbs. Nor is it healthy to lose sleep comparing your physique to others. Instead of focusing too much on the desired result, focus on the daily habits that will achieve that desired result. — meal preparation, scheduling your workout, grocery shopping, sufficient sleep, listening to your coach, social support and accountability with like-minded trainees. Hypertrophy M.A.X. and Maximize Your Muscle members know what I’m talking about!

7. Time! If you think you’re going to transform your body – I mean dramatically – in 2 or 4 weeks, pinch yourself and wake up! Although extreme muscle growth is possible for novice lifters, muscle building is a long and tedious process for most. Focus on consistent and incremental improvements and you’ll be happy with your results.

Listen – The Minors Do Make A Difference… But Not Until You Get The Majors In Order, First!

Here’s a list of questions I would consider minors if you don’t have the majors in place. Feel free to add a few of your own in the comments below!

  • Should I be taking my creatine before or after my workout?
  • Is it better to take BCAA in capsule form or powder form?
  • Is it better to train 30 minutes or 40 minutes?
  • Whey isolate or whey hydrolysate?
  • What kind of sugar should I take with my creatine?
  • Is it better to pair my triceps with chest or shoulders?
  • What should I do if my training partner is growing faster than me?
  • Should I eat carbs 2 hours or 4 hours before I workout?
  • What if it’s not free range chicken?
  • Is it better to do drop sets or rest-pause?
  • Should I have my post workout shake right after or wait 15 minutes?
  • Should I do shurgs on my back day or shoulder day?
  • Is it better to do cardio in the morning, afternoon or night?
  • Should I do what [insert name of your favorite pro] is doing, too?
  • What’s better for strength? 5×5 or 6×6 ?
  • Should I start with Barbell presses or Dumbbell presses?

Remember, these are not bad questions. It’s simply the timing of the question that might not be appropriate.

Conclusion

There is not need to get confused by all the information available. Eventually you will use it all. It’s simply a matter of timing based on your rate of progression. Don’t get caught up in the minors until you master the majors. Al the majors can be found in No Nonsense Muscle Building and once you complete that program, you’ll be ready for my advanced programming.

What habits do you categorize as the Majors?  What questions do you consider Minors?  Share your comments below!  This ought to be good.

100 comments and I’ll upload Mistake #4!

 

 

 

 

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44 thoughts on “Skinny Guy Mistake #3: Majoring In The Minors

  1. Hi, Vince. Good Stuff!
    I received the Phase 1 in July 17th.
    When will you send me Phase 2 of Hypertrophy M.A.X?
    Aimo

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  2. Very interesting ideas, folks. Eat enough, sleep 10 hours a night, take a nap or 2 per day and train well, but never overtrain too long. 30 to 45 minutes is a lot, if hard enough.
    For the beginners: never use too much weight. You may hurt yourself, or worse…

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  3. Good advice as usual. I don’t stress over the little stuff, and I eat when I feel hungry. I used to weigh over 260 lbs of solid fat. These days, I just make sure and get my workouts done when I need to, eat sensibly and follow intermittent fasting and I stay around 170 lbs, give or take. I recently had a 20 something kid in the gym come up to me, (I am 58) and tell me I look pretty damn good, so this makes it well worth the effort for me. My waist went from 44 inches to 32 inches, and I have put on at least ten lbs of muscle in the last year. For my age, that ain’t bad! I just do the work, eat right, and don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. I’m doing ok, for an old fart with bad knees and arthritis!

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  4. Absolutely bang on. This post applies to all areas of life. A good lesson. The minor stuff is information overload. I’ve fallen victim too. I think “I can’t get going until I understand everything and have a perfect lifting/nutrition plan in place.” It’s easy to obsess, plan, organize, research, read, watch INSTEAD OF DOING. Doing will take care of 90% of the gains. It’s not rocket science.

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  5. Calories are not calories, they differ per each individual food and are a measurement of heat. Do not count them. They are good for finding out your macronutrient needs. Ectomorphs (skinny guys) should be getting 25% protein, 55% carbs and 20% fats. Also, the magical number for meals is 6. You always work out your macros on that number. Try and avoid eating less than 6 times a day. Even if you do, still divide by 6, that never changes. As for eating, don’t double up, that is useless. If you need 30grams of protein for one meal but only eat 5 that day, don’t make one 60grams, your body can only use a certain amount every 2-4 hours, the rest is urinated out. Don’t waste your money.

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  6. The best way to progress in the gym is to have someone take care of routine com but only one coach. and you pass as you progress.

    and the best recipe is not stressed.

    Good work vince.

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  7. Good advice as always.

    Robert SWE

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  8. Thanks for the good work, Vince! All highly valuable information. Now, how do I get my skinny friends do any regular workouts at all…

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  9. walking around the gym looking in the mirrors and flexing is the biggest minor I have seen recently

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  10. Great article Vince! As a student of your’s for a while now all of these major points are always stuck in my head. Slowly but surely I’m finally transforming from a once skinny guy to a lean, ripped unit! Lifting technique is soo much more important than how much you can lift

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  11. Interesting article. I do the same in my work as a counselor. I pass on only what I know has worked for me-both as a counselor and now helping a new person at the gym. I tell people must lay good foundations first-just like building a house. W/out solid foundations one can’t stand the stress from workouts that push the body.

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  12. i’d love answers to all those “minor” questions

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  13. An excellent thought. Just geting to the point where I can afford to feed myself enough. 7000 a day is a lot of money!

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  14. Hey Guys!
    Yes, I’m a 40 yr old woman who finished your no nonsense muscle building and by just focusing on the majors (getting my ass to the gym, pre and post workout nutrition, drinking more water, getting enough sleep, taking my multi vitamins and fish oil, and eating healthy reg meals) i’ve seen the best results of my life. Every time I started getting distracted I remembered Vince saying just focus on one program at a time and do it the best you can, day by day, until completion. I’m para-phrasing. Now I have the 20 yr olds coming to me at the gym asking me what my secret is! Love it. Now I’m ready to focus more on the minors but really consistency and commitment are big and learning how to monitor your progress are key

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  15. mayor: tener un programa y seguirlo

    minor: que jala mas si hago biceps con barra o con mancuernas

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  16. It would help if your true beginner program(s?) were advertised as such because a true beginner has no idea that they are in a great position to take advantage of their first 6 months with full body workouts.

    This should be stressed – before they go ahead and pick up a copy of your 21FMB thinking that is the best way for them to build muscle fast, not realising it is perhaps better suited for intermediate or advanced lifters.

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  17. I’ve often had the question, what if you can’t afford to go organic, grass fed or free range when building muscle? That is my take on a “minor question.”

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  18. The greatest dilemma man has ever faced: shrugs on back or shoulder day?!?! Ahaha

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  19. To complement this, I would add working arms extensively at the expense of not working other body parts, like legs or calves.

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  20. Major: Like you said, eating smaller meals regularly/more often is gonna be vital to progress, and one of the hardest to change.
    Minor: What the best pre-workout supplement is.

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  21. #6 on the list of majors: how true! I used to think I should look like thus and so…well then. My body type is my body type, that other person’s is a different type. Even if two people have the same body type, still different bodies that react differently and at different speeds to workouts, diets, and so on. So I take what I have and make the best of it alone, not trying to become someone else.

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  22. When should somebody focus on the proper time to stretch

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  23. Very good article. I could add many more questions. How about
    “How can I see my abs and look bulkier?”
    “Should I warm up on the treadmill or the leg-press?”
    or my favourite
    “I wanna get some muscle, but NOT TOO MUCH.”
    Well, don’t worry, it’ll be long before it is too much!!!!!!!!!

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  24. I absolutely loved this article! and totally agree with you! This is something i still need to learn. I am the person who learns everything and really does not need to right now.

    Thanks Vinny! God Bless.

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  25. Great one Vince 😉
    The most thing i consider major about workout is being progressive in weights you left (or reps you count)

    i see all supplements as minors (except for protein powder maybe)

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  26. Should I cut or bulk up is a minor. Great stuff as always. Thanks Vince

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  27. Great information like the others. Thanks for this!

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  28. Good job vince.
    The other day a friend told me I needed to lose body fat and that was going to do many reps. and I said let up the gingerbread chocolate and see how it goes fat.

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  29. Sai Zaw Htun Aung August 23, 2012 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Waiting for next coming precious information… 🙂

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  30. Great job Vince. Keep them coming.

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  31. Right on. I’m reading “The Power of Less.”

    But I can’t help internally laughing at other people in the gym when they get the major things wrong, e.g. lifting like someone is watching, not counting their “water fountain” time into the rest times.

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  32. Thanks for the tips. Though I’m not a skinny guys, rather a bigger guy trying to continually transform both strenth and leanness – your tips are very informative. Can’t wait for more.

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  33. No Nonsense Muscle Building was a big help in creating a great workout habit and the meal plans worked great too! I recommend it to anyone! I’m on Hypertrophy Max now but NNMB was a very beneficial way to master the basics.

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  34. As a middle aged skinny guy tired of being just that these tips are really inspiring a new level of focus for me.Once again thanks for the tip: basics + focus seems a good way to go on.

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  35. A good reflection on the basics and focus.

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  36. Gold Vinny. Gold. Can’t wait for the next one!

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  37. 🙂
    The checkist with “Minors” is so funny!
    Good Article!

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  38. All the cardio in the world will not overcome poor nutrition (fat loss). To be effective do the right thing!(Learn what the right thing is).

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  39. Nice Article as per usual

    Major – learn what training to failure is before worrying about how many sets and reps to do of any given exercise. You need to experience the training effect of going to failure first, before you can manipulate your sets/rep ranges

    Minor – Should I train in the am with less food inside me or PM when I have eaten more and will have more energy

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  40. Good stuff as usual Vince.

    Here’s a major:

    Quality trumps quantity. 5 perfect single leg squats beat out multiple sets under a barbell, hands down.

    And a minor:

    Should I eat nothing, a piece of fruit, an energy bar, or a shake before my afternoon workout?

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    • Whey Isolate vs Concentrate? Whey at all? Protein powder at all?. Am I over training? Scrutinizing other peoples workout regiment when you look like snoop dogg. – Annoying Minors.

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