How to Put on Muscle if You’re a Skinny Ectomorph

In this article, I’m going to discuss how to put on muscle if you’re a skinny ectomorph like I was. Here’s a picture of me when I was 16 years old, up until now (age 21) on the right.

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Look at those big biceps!

Back then, I thought I was doomed to being a skinny bastard for the rest of my life.

“It’s going to be really hard for you to put on muscle” said one supportive guy at the gym.

“You’re just all arms and legs” said another friend. Hahaha.

But eventually, I made gains.

What would I say is the best way to put on muscle if you’re a tall, skinny guy?

Compound Exercises

When you’re skinny and wanting to put on size, you need to shift your focus to the 20% which produces the 80% of the outcomes, which is compound exercises.

Seriously, don’t waste any time on the toe curls, or the isolated forearm workout if you want to get bigger quicker. Cut out ALL the waste!

Lift heavyweights on the following exercises:

  • Bench Press
  • Shoulder Press
  • Leg Press/Squats
  • Deadlifts
  • Pull ups/Chin ups

That’s literally all you have to worry about in terms of exercise. NOTHING ELSE.

Eat carbs and protein

If you want to put on muscle as a skinny dude, then eat carbs, because eating carbs will trigger the hormone insulin. Insulin is an anabolic hormone, which essentially means your body will focus on putting on weight.

This will convert to both muscle and fat building, so be careful if you’re putting on too much fat.


Your body will restore itself during the night sleep you give it. That’s where you will get your muscle gains manifested. Getting the food and the exercise is only half of the equation. The other half is solid sleep. So rest up, and get to 7-8 hours per night.

I would go into more depth, but for your first two years of progress, this is basically the equation.

Don’t give up!

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