What's up, friend, 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 Julz, the creator of this site, and I've been learning, applying, testing and tweaking all aspects of fitness, strength-training, nutrition, and more since back in 2006, learning from the best trainers and sources that I could find and applying their workout programs and strategies.
After starting to see significant results once I figured things out through both trial and error, 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 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.
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 you just can't seem to pack on significant muscle strength and mass, get ripped and lean, and achieve the amazing body you've always wanted - it's not really your fault cause most mainstream advice in magazines, on TV, and on popular forums and blogs is't all that helpful to you as as a skinny clueless noob who wants to get the best results possible and avoid all the BS theory, bro-science and bogus products (or worse...ab crunching machines promising a 6-pack anyone?).
And if you ask a random huge jacked guy at the gym for advice on how to build muscle and achieve your desired physique, chances are you'll get unhelpful, generic answers like "just eat more and lift heavy, dude".
The truth is, many "big" guys who didn't have to work too hard for their size either have a naturally large amount of muscle mass, have higher testosterone levels than you (this is something you can improve tho), and yes some have special "help" if you catch my drift (juice, which isn't something taught on this site: each to their own).
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 you've always wanted.
To your health and success,
"Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." - Calvin Coolidge
The following are some of the testimonials sent in from our readers. If you've found our articles helpful feel free to send in your own testimonial here. Thanks in advance.
"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, Well written articles, emphasing on fundamentals and common sense approach. Regards, Vishwanath"
- Vishwanath, India
"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 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