The Best Muscle Building Programs for the Money

(Current Top Recommended Step-by-Step Online Mass Gain Programs for Beginners Wanting to Maximize Size and Strength Gains in 2019)

Last Updated: Dec 23, 2018

When starting a new muscle building program to gain lean mass effectively, you have two choices:

  • B) Follow An Existing Pre-Made Step-by-Step Program Created by an Expert

If you're new to the world of weight training and bodybuilding, and you want to get the absolute best and fastest results possible and avoid the many common beginner mistake and pitfalls out there, option #2 is ideal because it can take you a ton of time and effort to put together your own program from the ground up - one that is properly balanced and scientifically, effectively structured for mass building results, not to mention having a great nutrition and supplement plan that ensures your hard work in the gym isn't in vain.

There is a science to lifting and building muscle mass, and many variables to take into account to compile an efficient program that also takes into account your average muscle-building genetics (ie hardgainer status). As a skinny newbie starting from scratch, there's more to bulking up then merely lifting heavy and eating more - if you want effective, lasting, balanced results that is.

Of course you don't need to buy a premade online program/course/eBook to transform your physique and get amazing results, but it sure helps to cut your learning curve and fast-track your results as you'll have all the knowledge and immediately-applicable routines all in the one place. Instead of getting lost in the vast sea of conflicting information and guides and tutorials and routines out there, when you have a complete step by step muscle building program that's also been carefully crafted by a pro who's been in your shoes before - you will have an edge over 95% of guys who haphazardly throw weights around at your local gym and who typically look the same month in, month out (and year in, year out).

Over 12+ years experimenting with various weight training methods and specific programs, and getting great results myself, the following are my top-rated recommended programs for newbies looking to finally level-up in 2019:

#1 Rated Muscle Building Program for 2019

The Body Transformation Blueprint

Recommended For: 

Skinny guys / hardgainers wanting to gain muscle as effectively as possible, 100% naturally, and without getting fat in the process.

Author: Sean Nal (Natural Bodybuilding Author)

Format: eBook + Complete Workout, Meal & Supplement Plans + Bonuses (available email coaching, exercise video database, etc)

My Rating: 5 / 5

Program Summary:

The Body Transformation Blueprint by Sean Nal is the full digital training + nutrition program I personally used myself shortly after first starting out in the gym. Before randomly stumbling on this program online one fateful day I was trying a few different workouts in the gym and simply eating based on friends advice and advice in random forums online, but my results were super slow and average.

I was totally confused how the heck a super scrawny noob like me would ever pack on enough muscle mass to properly overhaul my physique and my life for the better. After only a few weeks of saying "f*** it" and committing to giving 100% to this program, I started seeing way more noticeable results, and that initial success sparked more motivation to keep going. After a few months, some peers were a little shocked at how drastically I had changed my physique in a relatively short period of time.

I had made some serious progress and credit goes to this super in-depth and invaluable science-backed program. As well as detailed workout and exercise guides and nutrition meal plans for different caloric intakes, it covers crucial details that make all the difference; details that the far majority of muscle gain programs I've seen are lacking. I owe a lot of thanks to Sean Nal for kick-starting my career in health and fitness in a BIG way. Here are Sean's own results by implementing his perfected workout program:


  • The most comprehensive all-in-one, detailed program for hardgainers of all the programs I've seen and used in my 12+ years in the fitness industry
  • On top of the main training guides and workouts you get super helpful supporting materials including good quality video instructions for all mass gain exercises, pre-made meal plans that you can tweak, full supplement guide, and more
  • Included email coaching with Sean if you need an expert opinion on your training or diet


  • Perhaps some will see it as a little pricey at $77, however this is the premium program in the muscle building space and personally I think it's more than worth it overall if you're actually going to apply it and change your life. Sure beats hiring an expensive trainer, too, and with this program you may not need a trainer ever again

You can see my full review of the Body Transformation Blueprint here which includes my own before and after pics after implementing the step by step workouts and advice in this program.

About the Author

Sean Nal is a best-selling natural bodybuilding author and sought after coach who walks the walk having started as a scrawny hardgainer himself. He's helped countless of average, everyday guys from all over the world to transform their physiques forever through his articles, training program and YouTube channel.

#2 Recommended Muscle Building Program for 2019

Vince Delmonte, known online as the "skinny guy savior"

No Nonsense Muscle Building

Recommended For: 

Same as above program.

Author: Vince Delmonte (Natural Bodybuilding Author)

Format: eBook + Complete Workout, Meal & Supplement Plans

My Rating: 4 / 5

Program Summary:

Whilst I'd personally choose Sean Nal's program over this simply because I feel it offers more bang for the buck, Vince's No Nonsense Muscle Building program is another solid program designed specifically (and scientifically) for hardgainers and that also covers pretty much everything you'd need to know as a beginner to get amazing results. Both guys know their stuff but have slightly different approaches and personalities, so choose whichever you resonate with most, but like Sean's program this one also has many impressive transformations from guys around the world who have managed to pack on significant muscle mass using what's taught inside. I learnt more from Sean, but what Vince taught me comes a close second, but most importantly his methods work just as well and are science-based too. Can't go wrong with either program.