Something was brought to my attention a few weeks ago. A reader sent a quick email to notify me of some broken links they’d found. In past articles when discussing training, I’ve referenced and linked to a very popular 5×5 training program often referred to as the MadCow 5×5. It’s an intermediate program by Bill Starr that focuses on weekly linear progress and is very well suited for the experienced trainee who’s gotten much stronger but struggling to make consistent strength gains well past their newbie phase.
Last week I discussed the way you need to eat in order to turn yourself into the un-skinny guy. Now knowing how to eat is all fine and dandy but without some sort of training involved, the extra kcals are not going to be partitioned in your favor; that is unless you want to look like the Michelin Man.
Train Unlike You Were Likely Advised
Yes, I said it. Don’t do what everyone is telling you to do because it’s likely not suitable for the skinny guy. Chances are if you are skinny, you are weak. If you are weak, you are still classified as a newbie. If you are a newbie you have no business doing Ronnie Coleman’s routine that he used during his contest prep for Mr. Olympia. He has many years on you, not to mention the plethora of extra help he is receiving. This is his full time job.
Now there is nothing wrong with being a beginner. You must accept where you are and start building your foundation from the ground up. Read my story.
Alright, I did some searching online, trying to find a really good guide for the skinny guys interested in building muscle. While I found some decent stuff, most of it was pseudo-intellectual bs, making things more complicated than they needed to be. I even found a few articles on getting abs for a skinny guy. Since when has a skinny dude ever had trouble getting abs? They sport a six-pack all the time, hence the adjective skinny.
Throughout the next week or so, I want to leave all of you skinny guys with no questions whatsoever when it comes to building a sizeable frame, gaining strength and adding some quality weight to that skeleton of yours.
I must admit I am a FFB (Former Fat Boy). I am willing to bet many of the guys reading this were FFB’s. As a FFB I know we tend to think our metabolisms are subpar or we can’t build muscle efficiently due to our endomorphic proportions. This is what’s known as the FFBS (former fat boy syndrome). I say this is bullhonkey (nice attempt at swearing I know). The sad truth is being a former fat boy may even be worse on the psyche than starting out as a skinny bastard (as Joe DeFranco would say). My goal today is to reach out to all the FFB’s and offer some encouragement, hope and a swift kick in the ass.