The Top 8 Reasons Why You’re Scrawny And The Other Dude Is Not!

July 9, 2010 by  
Filed under The Fitness Bug

Warning… This post may cause extreme motivation!

A lot of what you are about to read might not exactly be news to you, and most of it might even be familiar territory. However, even iconic pro competitors need a good reminder and smack upside the head to keep them on track at times, and that’s exactly what this is.

Either way, building muscle can be is as simple as ABC/123. But if you are still failing to get ripped, even after all the advice you’ve consumed from being on this site, then it is most likely going to be because of one of the reasons listed here.

Take notes or bookmark… it’s a long one!

#1  You’re Over Training Your Muscles

I know it’s good to watch your muscles pump away while you are in the gym. Veins are busting out and your muscles will look ‘ready’. However, this won’t last long and they will deflate shortly after that. So don’t get too happy.

Muscles grow during non gym activity, not when you’re pumping the hell out of them.

It may seem like a no-brainer, but some people simply forget that and end up training every single day.

That doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. But 5 day routines will only work if they are properly planned.

Example workout


  1. Monday – Weightlifting/ Lower body
  2. Tuesday – Cardio (Low intensity)
  3. Wednesday – Weightlifting/ Upperbody
  4. Thursday – Cardio (Low intensity)
  5. Friday – Weightlifting routine / Lowerbody


You could call this the A, B, A workout if you wish, with Day 1 being workout A and Day 3 being workout B. You can alternate this routine in the 2nd week if you wish. Instead of doing A, B, A just do B, A, B. All this is in aid of keeping your muscles ready and surprised for something new

If you aren’t training as described above, there’s a good chance that you are probably over training your muscles by performing exercises that overlap and work the same muscle groups. If so… do the above and fix it!

#2  You’re Not Focusing On Your Weaknesses


You build huge shoulders/ arms with ease, yet have scrawny legs… and keep on neglecting them. :s

Why, why, whyyyyy?

Especially you daddy long legged bodybuilders (Looks at Shaun Sinclair s body type)

Did you know, that building strong and powerful legs will actually complement your upper body, making you appear larger in size… and more proportioned?

Of course you knew that.

So why do you keep on focusing on what you’ve already achieved. Move the hell on. Put some meat on those chicken legs. Give the man eating piranha fish something to chew on already!

You’ve already mastered your strengths (A good start). Now focus on the areas where you are the weakest. Do that and your body will improve!

#3  You’re Doing Too Much Cardio

It was on page 7 in the ebook, ‘Build a 6 pac: from flab to flat‘ where I showed you how to structure your workouts based on your body type and goals. If you haven’t read that already, go get the ebook. It’s FREE.

Anyhow… the conclusion for hardgainers is that you need to focus less on cardio in the early stages of building muscle. Focusing too much on cardio really will hamper your muscle building efforts because building muscle is hard enough as it is for hardgainers. Why make it harder for yourself by shredding calories needed to build that muscle?

Cut Back On Your Cardio

By how much?

I’d say one day a week consisting of low intensity workouts (Jogging/ Slow cycling)


The rule

  • High intensity short cardio workouts = Fat loss
  • Moderate intensity long cardio workouts = Building lean muscle (Increases metabolism)

Having Too Much Fun Partying?

This could potentially be another reason why you aren’t building any muscle. We all like to party and dance the night away, and I highly recommend that you should (Come and party with me one day… I’m an animal!). But too much cardio activity (even though fun) will put a strain on your ability too build muscle.


1) Alcohol (Causes dehydration)

When you drink alcohol in excessive amounts it damages your muscles and dehydrates the body, which leads to a lack of water in your muscles. Water is the very thing that your muscles need in order to grow and be maintained. So you may find that after a few weeks of drinking on the binge, you feel a lot thirstier after working out.

This will lead to days lost to workout due to a hangover.

2) Often ends up in sexual activity

  • Less food consumed (Too much time in bed) and even more calories burned.

Now, partying is one of the core things you need to be doing to enjoy the lifestyle, the way that know you should. And it doesn’t necessarily need to consist of all of the above (although it is often the case). But the amount of partying you do needs to be kept under control, because it makes you lose focus, can age you and worst of all prevent you from building muscle mass.


#4  Too Much Sex

This could be a key reason to why you are lacking in the muscle growth department. However, the thought of having less sex to maintain muscle masswhen a man is in a healthy sexual relationship is near impossible to carry out.

Now, I’m not suggesting that you decrease your sexual activity to main muscle mass. No, no, no!

In fact I would encourage more sex. And here’s why…



Testosterone is one of the biggest muscle building hormones out there. It is partially responsible for allowing muscles to gain so much more weight than females do.

Testosterone is also one of the main sex hormones as well, meaning that when you are physically turned on, your testosterone levels will be higher.

Therefore, having an active sex life can actually enhance the testosterone release in the body and work with your workouts to help you gain more muscle mass.


What you must not do

Have sex right before a workout



Because testosterone release tends to drop after sex, therefore having sex right before a workout isn’t the best idea. If you are, then stop and fix it!

#5  You’re Not Eating Right

The rule

To increase body mass you need to consume more calories than you use.

Fail to do that and you wont grow. Simple.


You maybe eating well. But the food you are eating may not contain enough nutrients to feed your body of what’s required to build muscle.

If so you may have to take supplements to fill your body of those extra needed nutrients, depending on your diet.


Your meals

  • 80% should consist of REAL Food (At least)
  • 20% supplements

(Read this post for the types of foods and when to eat them)

The ‘DONE-FOR-YOU’ Hardgainers Workout Routine Plan/ Meal Plan

(Read these posts for specific foods and meals)

Stay-Fit Bug | Killer Foods for Fitness (part 1)

How To Build Muscle Mass With A High Metabolism?


You need to eat food, yes! But you also need to enjoy it. You need to enjoy the journey, because one day you will look back on all of this and you really will be an unhappy and miserable bunny if the memories are of you acting like a processed computer the whole time. Have fun with it!


Which supplements do you ‘need’?

I’ve ‘tried’ a few in my time, just to see what the fuss is about. But in terms of what you actually ‘need’, it’s as follows…

Whey Protein (Protein intake boost – ON Whey Protein

Glutamine (Scivation Xtend)

Helps with muscle recovery

Multivitamin (Animal Pak)

Fish Oil (Helps get rid of muscle soreness – Optimum Fish Oil)

There are some others that do work great, which I have listed on the bodybuilding resources page. But in general, these are the ones you ‘need’

#6 The Other Dude Honors His Game (Like his balls and his word)

The underlying reason why the other dude has monster sized muscle and you don’t is because he has been working his ass off and training insane!

I really would like to give you a personal demonstration of this, but I currently am not in a position to do this as of this post (Not the way I’d like to… COMING SOON!)

That is…

  • Intense reps/ sets
  • Short rest periods
  • 35 minute workouts

Consistently over a period of time… to keep it simple.

Muscles will speak out loud and grow only when you force them to explode.

The reason why you are puny and he is not, is because he is disciplined, persistent, focused and understands the meaning of sacrifice.

If you follow this through you will be puny and pathetic no longer.

Are you pumped yet?

What was that?

… No?

Well, I can’t provide you with any video from yours truly ‘today’, but I’ll let my favorite fictional friend help you out.

Kratos of God of war 3

Workout like a barbarian!

As you can see, the guy is intense. He might not be real, but I don’t think he needs to be. Take his aggression and intensity into the gym and you will happily say bye-bye to the puny YOU!

#7  You’re Just A Lazy B*****d!

If so, then let me do the honours of exposing your traits.

  • You instigate mindless conversations in the gym (You don’t actually workout while you are there. Dumb socialite)
  • You go into things half hearted. Not just in the gym, but in everything you put your mind to.
  • You have a whole lot of mouth, but show no action (You could be a politician). You start your workout session and then give up when the going gets tough. And no, you are not tough. Because you don’t get going (Even your lady says so XD).

You’ll eventually get exposed!

There are probably more traits for you lazy b*****ds, but I’ve made my point. You are still puny because you are full of sh*t! You want, but don’t want to do what’s required to ‘get’.

You lazy f****rs have no right to complain about looking like a skinny rat.

This may well be the reason why the other dude has monster muscle and you don’t!

Fix it!


#8  You Smoke Too Much Weed (AKA Marijuana)

Now you can agree to disagree with what you’re about to read, but first read my disclaimer.


I have not personally smoked marijuana. The views expressed here are from those who have had first hand experience smoking marijuana and some of which, blame the inhaling of weed for there lack of muscle building results.

Quotes from the experienced


I workout, smoke marijuana and I feel great!


Before a workout – Helps me to keep better form and concentrate on specific muscles more effectively.

After a work – I get a epinephrine high from the workout plus the high from the marijuana smoke, which leads to an overall better performance.

– Running or biking after smoking marijuana allows me to keep up excellent rhythm and push myself harder than usual.


I can’t workout and smoke marijuana. It makes me feel awful!

– I wouldn’t recommend smoking while, before, or after working out, as I’ve done that twice and thrown up both times. It really is not a pleasant experience.

– If I smoke before I work out I get really lazy and cannot get motivated. Besides, smoking marijuana produces oestrogen and by having that in your system you cannot get that solid muscle feel from a workout that the non-smokers get.

I’m no expert on legal/ illegal substances, but like alcohol, it seems that weed affects different people in different ways. And smoking weed might just be the reason why you are struggling to build muscle as a skinny guy.

There probably are many other reasons to why you might be struggling to build muscle as a skinny guy. But I bet you the reasons will probably come back to one of the points listed above.

Hopefully you took notes like I told you too, or just bookmarked the page, because you will need to be reminded of these points every time you find yourself struggling to build muscle.

The Simple Version

Eat well

Train insane


(Man… I could have saved myself a whole load of typing! Never mind, you humans like to complicate things, so I gave you long complicated version instead ;))

See you in the comments.

Build it… > Wear it right…

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