Category: Hardgainers

Building Mass Naturally

/ Posted 03.17.2012

Q: I think natural bodybuilders lose too much muscle for contests. It seems that in order to get down to … continue reading

Hardgainer Mass-Building Solutions

/ Posted 03.09.2012

Q: I want to get a little bigger since I weigh only 130. I am 20 years old, and I’m … continue reading

Q&A: Frills Exercise and Packing On Lat Size

/ Posted 01.10.2012

Q: I’ve been training for a few years, but I still don’t have even 15-inch arms, let alone the 17-inch-plus … continue reading


The “Right” Amount of Training vs. Overtraining

/ Posted 12.19.2010

Our enthusiasm and desire to build our physiques often makes us want to train as long and as frequently as … continue reading


Anabolic Adolescence and the Mind

/ Posted 09.01.2010

Although I was obviously overtraining, I still gained 20 pounds of muscle in that first year. I was only 135 pounds at 14 when I started high school, but by the end of the following summer, I was up to 155 pounds.


The Push-Pull Intermediate Split

/ Posted 08.14.2010

There’s nothing wrong, however, with training chest and triceps the day before I train legs. If my chest is sore when I go in to do legs, it won’t affect my leg workout. I also train deltoids the day before I train back and biceps—again, muscle groups that won’t affect one another.


The Most Important Bodybuilding Lessons

/ Posted 08.08.2010

The lesson: Be dedicated so that you train 100 percent well and recuperate 100 percent well, but don’t neglect other aspects of your life.


Bodybuilding for Extreme Hardgainers

/ Posted 08.02.2010

The program may look like madness, but if you haven’t been making progress on a conventional bodybuilding program, what do you have to lose? The format has a proven track record among extreme hardgainers. Be bold, and try it yourself if you’re an extreme hardgainer.

The Heart of Bodybuilding

/ Posted 06.30.2010

Cardio is the heart of over-40 bodybuilding. By strengthening your heart, cardio will help you to stay young for your years, which can only help your bodybuilding. While cardio is good for everyone, it should be considered essential for everyone over 40.


IRON MAN E-Zine: Issue #453: Mass-Split Explosion: Direct/Indirect Workouts

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Short, Basic Workouts to Pack On Mass

Nevertheless, extreme hardgainer types may need to lean more toward density than power because of the high-endurance capacity of every major muscle group. They tend to have muscles with fiber compositions similar to calves and forearms and require much more endurance work to trigger growth.


Critical Cuts

You know ultimate conditioning when you see it—or better yet, achieve it yourself: skin so thin it appears that your … continue reading

Muscle-Building Tips and Tricks

Many researchers claim that the fascia, or encasements, restrict growth. It’s a constriction that can be remedied somewhat by pumping the muscle with a contracted move like cable crossovers and then elongating that full muscle with a stretch exercise like dumbbell flyes soon after. It’s a lot like stretching a new balloon before you blow it up to make it easier to inflate.


Chow Down to Muscle Up

/ Posted 03.31.2009

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this line while working at GNC: “I just can’t seem to put … continue reading


Midlife Muscle

Full-range pushups can be a good substitute for bench presses. They’re more ergonomically correct and can help those with low neuromuscular efficiency in the pecs to feel their chest muscles working.


Hardgainers, Get Happy!

/ Posted 01.04.2008

If you’re an ectomorph, a thin, hardgainer type, often frustrated because it’s so hard to add muscle—there’s much to be … continue reading

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