Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Eat your leftovers

Today is Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.

If you're wondering what to do what those leftovers...eat them!

To encourage that, I'm posting four links about bulking up a skinny guy.

If you're looking for a book on the subject, I've previously reviewed Scrawny to Brawny. It's a dead-on solid plan for training and packing in the food to get bigger and stronger.

The Cure for Skinny

This article is a roundtable with Joe DeFranco (author of Westside for Skinny Bastards), Vince DelMonte, and Craig Weller.

You'll notice most of the advice in this article is about one thing - eating. Getting in enough food, followed closely by making sure it's quality food, is the most important thing for a skinny guy trying to be a non-skinny guy. You've got Craig's "Do 20 pushups every hour and eat a [protein bar]." You've got Vince's comment about getting bigger being an "all-out war in the gym and the kitchen" for a skinny guy. You've got Joe's "Hour of Power" - twice a week eating everything you can without puking.

Next we've got 37 Tips and Tales from Dave Tate.

Yes, he's saying eat piles of Chinese food and pizza soaked in oil. Yes, that's probably kind of nuts. But it shows you the extremes you'll need to go to in order to gain size sometimes. It's also a good counter-example - if you're eating a huge amount of low-quality high-calorie foods, you're certain to gain some kind of weight, whether you are training intensely or not. And if you're not eating lots of excess calories, don't worry too much about getting "too bulky." Even for big strong guys training day-in day-out, it's a hard thing to do. It's not going to happen by accident.

Finally, a quick video on post-workout shakes by Justin Harris.

"Get some food in ya."

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