What's up? Welcome to the Building Muscle Guide.
If you're wondering who the hell I am and why you should listen to a single word I say about building muscle (good question), let me share with you a little about me and my experience.
I'm Jules, the creator of this site. I've been learning, applying, testing and tweaking all aspects of fitness, strength-training, nutrition, energy-maintenance, and muscle-building since way back in 2006, and after starting to see significant results once I figured things out I started helping others with my knowledge in 2008 when I started this site as a hobby project.
Since then my articles on health and fitness - specifically my content targeted towards skinny guys looking to gain weight and build muscle - has reached many thousands of people worldwide and growing each year.
I simply report what's worked best for me as someone who once found it tough to gain any weight or muscle at all when I first started; if that sounds like you I totally get where you're coming from, and it's not easy at first.
The truth is there a lot of misleading, confusing and straight up B.S. advice out there on building muscle and gaining weight, especially for you; the skinny newbie who has no clue what to do, or who has tried many different things with little to no results.
If that sounds like you, and you can't seem to pack on muscle mass, get ripped and lean, and achieve the amazing body you've always wanted that men envy and women want - what you lack is a proper roadmap from someone who's been in your shoes before.
It's not your fault - most mainstream advice in magazines, on TV, and on popular forums and blogs - a lot of it isn't really helpful to those looking to overcome the odds and build the body of their dreams.
Furthermore, a lot of it is straight-up B.S. or misleading advice that often only has the single aim of having you sucked into followed short-term fad diets or buying bogus supplements that are heavily marketed to make you believe they're some kind of magic solution.
And if you ask that random huge jacked guy at the gym for advice on how to get build muscle and achieve your desired physique, chances are you'll get unhelpful answers like "just eat more and lift more, dude".
The truth is, many "big" guys may have naturally high testosterone levels or a naturally huge frame that helps them get big and strong, and some will have some special "help" if you catch my drift (juice).
Simply doing what they say and do likely will just have you spinning your wheels and getting nowhere, like most guys in the gym who aimlessly throw weights around and eat anything in sight and then wonder why year after year they look about the same.
Screw that; life's too short to waste away months and years in the gym and kitchen without getting AWESOME, life-changing results.
Here's the thing - if you're a skinny hardgainer, meaning that you have a naturally skinny frame, high metabolism, and find it hard to pack on weight and muscle - you absolutely must be very wary from whom you take your advice and be more strategic about your approach.
What you need is to follow someone who came from the same place as you, who knows your exact struggles and obstacles, and who overcame them.
When I found my first muscle-building mentor - someone who knew what they were talking about and who actually walked the walk in getting amazing results from the same place that I started from - the trajectory of my gym results, and my life, changed forever.
Sounds a bit dramatic (and a little cheesy), but looking back now on that fateful day when I found someone who knew what they were talking about in this overly scammy, in-factual, misleading, profit > people fitness industry, and more importantly who had actually achieved exactly what I was setting out to do and who started in the same place - that day changed my life.
As I learnt everything I could from my new-found online mentor, and then actually started putting it into practice over time - the results I got were astounding. After a few weeks I (and others started to notice significant changes).
Months later I had really transformed. Years later...I have the body, strength, fitness and most importantly the health I have always wanted with the many varied benefits that come with that.
On this site the aim is to give you that same no-BS, straight-talkin' honest guidance that I was fortunate enough to stumble upon when I first started my quest for ultimate physique transformation.
Guidance that put me on the right path towards the physique, and life, of my dreams. I hope the same for you too.
I am confident that if you apply the information on this site then you can kiss your scrawny, weak (and probably unhealthy) physique goodbye and join the promised land of strength, fitness, health and self-confidence and the physique you've always wanted.
To your success,
PS - If you want to provide feedback (good or bad - I welcome constructive feedback on making this site more helpful as it's always a work-in-progress) or you need a little guidance, feel free to reach out to me here. I can't respond to all emails but I'll try my best to help where I can. If you're sending in a testimonial to be published below then please mention that. Cheers!
The following are what some of our readers have said about the site; if you've found our articles helpful feel free to send in your own testimonial here. Thanks in advance :)
"This website is awesome. Thanks for taking the time to put up all this great, free information."
- Cal, USA
"Found your site to be more informative than most for people just starting out. Good job."
- Joe L, USA
"Hi, Well written articles, emphasing on fundamentals and common sense approach. Regards, Vishwanath"
- Vishwanath, India
"Just read a couple of your articles about protein and creatine. Just want to say thank you for doing such a great job. There is so much crap on the Internet where everybody's promoting their own brand. Your articles are informative, unbiased and well written. Thank you!!"
- Brandon B, USA
"Hi Julien, I just wanted to compliment you on your site I found it to be very informative and very inspirational. I have been training now for about 5 months and I am just about to start my bulking stages. I have made note of all of your useful tips and links on the website and will be sure to put them to good use. Thanks once again. Regards, Amir"
- Amir A, United Kingdom
"36yo beginning lifter here. Spent about 3 hours on the internet before coming across your site. There is so much marketing nonsense and BS out there it was refreshing and relieving to find the straightforward, to the point information you have assembled here. After reading through it I feel like I've likely saved a great deal of time, energy, and frustration in figuring out how best to structure an effective, sustainable program. Truly, thank you for having this site up. Very much appreciated. Ryan"
- Ryan V, USA