Bodybuilding for hardgainers is like kayaking with a one-piece paddle, while those genetically gifted body-builders are going at it with a proper 2-piece paddle. What the hell does that mean? It means it’s more difficult, but it is possible if you do it right. This is because genetically your body is less prone to stacking on muscle.
Unfortunately, a lot of skinny guys use the term hard-gainer as an excuse and limitation to why they can’t gain weight. What you should do is just the opposite. Since bodybuilding for hardgainers is difficult but possible if done right, as a skinny guy, you should be motivated to work twice as hard and twice as smart to gain muscle.
This article will serve as a “bodybuilding for hardgainers” guide.
Why am I a good candidate to tell you about this stuff? Well, I am one of the guys who had to face this problem, and as hard as I tried I just could not gain muscle. I worked out so hard, and ate lots, but nothing seemed to work. I took supplements and everything only to watch the scale not move a single extra line when stepping on it. I hated being skinny and I just didn’t want to be that tiny guy anymore. I didn’t want to be the smallest one of my cousins and the smallest one of my friends, so I started bodybuilding for hard-gainers.
The first thing we need to do is eat a greater quantity and better quality of muscle building food than others. This includes more water, more good carbohydrates, more proteins, and more good oils and fats than other people consume.
The next thing we need is rest. Lots of good quality rest. Go to sleep early, and wake up early. Add on a couple of power naps if you want. Remember however, that just because you’re a “hardgainer” doesn’t mean you won’t get fat with this diet and rest. If you want this to be a ‘bodybuilding for hardgainers’ diet, then you need to add a great work out to it.
The ‘bodybuilding for hardgainers’ workout is one intense workout. Chose a nice 8-12 rep range and work out each muscle group once a week, unless you’re doing full body circuits, which are great too. Do at least 3-4 sets and make sure you go as heavy as you can without hurting yourself. In addition you should switch up your exercises, weights, set and rep range every 4-6 weeks to ensure you don’t plateau and for maximum muscle gains.
Bodybuilding for hardgainers is not impossible. It just requires a HARDER and SMARTER muscle building strategies. A large quantity and good quality diet plan, with plenty of rest and a great workout plan are the foundations for bodybuilding for hardgainers. Get the right attitude. Don’t make your being a “hard-gainer” an excuse. instead make it a reason to work harder and smarter.
I know it might be discouraging looking in the mirror and seeing no change, but trust me if you do all this, in the end it will be totally worth it when you’re bigger than the guys who make fun of your size now.