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Skinny boy in need of workout advice

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July 15, 2019

The soonest I can start working out is the 25th July as I'm away from home right now and have no access to a gym. I start college early September so this will give me around 40 days. As the title says I'm skinny, pretty much a stick. I'm 6 foot and weigh about 60kg/132lb. Yeah, I know, wtf but I want to change.

I haven't worked out in 9 months. I stopped back then to focus on studies but also due to laziness and terrible acne from the amount of dairy I was consuming. In the end I got good results in school, allowing me to go to college.

I know the gym requires intensity and discipline and that results come slowly, but I'm just wondering if anyone can give me a goal to reach in those 40 days and beyond. Some general advice would also be appreciated for diet as too much dairy just fucks up my face.

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Title Skinny boy in need of workout advice
Author ColdDipp
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Comments 51
Date 15 July 2019 02:06 PM UTC (1 year ago)
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[–]2RedPill-BlackLotus125 points126 points  (14 children) | Copy

The soonest I can start working out is the 25th July as I'm away from home right now and have no access to a gym. I start college early September so this will give me around 40 days.

Bullshit. There are no zero days. No gym? Its your job to work your way backwards from "this is working". Learn bodyweight exercises and mobility drills.

No fucking zero days. That's dicliplin.

As the title says I'm skinny, pretty much a stick.

Good then your skinsuit isnt stretched and you have the ability to have a nice midsection. This you can work with.

I'm 6 foot and weigh about 60kg/132lb. Yeah, I know, wtf but I want to change.

6 feet! That's a tinder winner boys! This is only a setback for big lifts like bench because your arms are long. Learn exercises that work for your bodymehanics.

I haven't worked out in 9 months. I stopped back then to focus on studies but also due to laziness and terrible acne from the amount of dairy I was consuming.

It was laziness, everything else was hamstring. Hey 9 months is how long it takes to make a baby! Let's make a new you.

In the end I got good results in school, allowing me to go to college.

Sweet! That makes me feel good.

I know the gym requires intensity and discipline and that results come slowly, but I'm just wondering if anyone can give me a goal to reach in those 40 days and beyond.

Yes. And it covers the diet portion.

The biggest difference is going to be your diet and you dont need a gym for that. For the next 40 days, change absolutely nothing, add zero things. All you should do is write down everything you eat. Myfitnesspal works well for this. This is a lesson is dicliplin and accountability.

If one dick goes into your mouth, one dick gets entered in myfitnesspal. If it's not there (I'm sure it is) add one dick to their database.

Also, every day, in the morning and the evening, weigh yourself and record the numbers in a spreadsheet.

You dont need a gym for any of this.

Correlating your diet and weight is 80% of the battle. It's the line you have to adjust to gain or cut.

No gym required.

No fucking zero days. Do pushups if you have to.

No zero days.

[–]Tbonesupreme18 points19 points  (3 children) | Copy

Now I'm wondering if dick really is covered by MyFitnessPal. haha

[–]2RedPill-BlackLotus25 points26 points  (2 children) | Copy

Now I'm wondering if dick really is covered by MyFitnessPal. haha

Mfp people are crazy

[–]DerpJungler10 points11 points  (1 child) | Copy

Well, at least is 0 calories! Now I know that morning sex doesn't break the fast

[–]Gh0115 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

Unless you swallow

[–]thebadguy8910 points11 points  (0 children) | Copy

i love all your posts/. no homo

[–]Sendmeloveletters6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

I wish I could upvote this twice. I was feeling like shit and gonna skip the gym today but now I’m gonna shower and get over there. Thanks bro.

[–]WeTheBest101 1 points [recovered]  (3 children) | Copy

As the title says I'm skinny, pretty much a stick.

Good then your skinsuit isnt stretched and you have the ability to have a nice midsection. This you can work with

Skinsuit? The fuck?

[–]2RedPill-BlackLotus15 points16 points  (2 children) | Copy

If you let yourself get fat and stay fat for long enough, you stretch the skin around your midsection, and can never have a nice midsection. Its over without very painful surgery to hem your skinsuit.

Don't. Let. Yourself. Get. Fat.

[–]pussykiller009-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

Dude is out there preaching bullshit

[–]TehJimmyy1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Also, every day, in the morning and the evening, weigh yourself and record the numbers in a spreadsheet.

Do this every week instead the same day.

[–]Rimefang0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

This and more. Mainly this.

[–]Endorsed Contributoritiswr1tten0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

/u/theredpike +1 please

[–]ModTheRedPike0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


[–]GymMeJimmy23 points24 points  (1 child) | Copy

Eat, build finances to EAT, and like that dood above said EAT.

[–]Jabbermouth4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

Piggybacking off this comment, OP you should calculate your TDEE and aim to eat 500-1000 calories above that.

It may be hard to reach your goal at first because your stomach isn’t used to that amount of food. What I would recommend is first week eating 300 above TDEE, then 500 the next week, then 800 and finally 1000 the fourth week.

1000 may be too high but you’re skinny right now and can probably stand to put on some extra fat.

[–]CainPrice14 points15 points  (0 children) | Copy

Bodyweight until you're at the gym, the big 3 lifts when you're at the gym. Eat a lot - tons of meat, vegetables, fats, and non-stupid carbs. No alcohol or any beverage besides water for now.

Actually write down your workout - your weight, number of reps, and number of sets. And increase that every week. And keep working out when you start school. Colleges have great gyms.

Don't wait until you're buff to hit on girls. Socialize as soon as you hit the ground at college. The tall and lean build is in right now. Don't let yourself think you're too scrawny. If you act like you're used to women hooking up with you, women will follow suit. Keep working out, obviously, but don't get stuck in the mindset that you have to wait for any particular point of readiness before you can start fucking.

[–]Next_Flow124 points25 points  (1 child) | Copy

You expect results in 40 days? Sorry I have no advice to offer to someone who is going to use it for all of 1 month and then go back to ground zero

[–]GoldenHusky6 points7 points  (3 children) | Copy

Yo. I was 6 foot, 55kg 6 months ago. I've been eating and gymming and im 61kg now.

Chicken breast, eggs alot of rice and breakfast helps.

I follow the ivysaur 4/4/8 plan. It takes abit less than 1 hour to complete, including warm-ups and only requires 3 days a week.

For skinny people like us, bone growth is very important to support our skinny weak arms. You need calcium. And the best source of calcium is dairy...

Edit. 8 hours of sleep is important too

[–]Azora0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Diary being good for your bones is a huge myth. If anything, it is bad for your bones. Check it out.

[–]infamous32380 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Good for you, but seriously...55kg at 6ft? How is that even possible unless you’re a heroin addict? My petite in-shape girlfriend weighs more than that.

[–]GoldenHusky0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

No I don't do drugs. My entire family is just skinny like me. I served 2 years in army with that build too.

[–]-ThePathIsTheGoal-6 points7 points  (0 children) | Copy

Never refer to yourself as a “skinny boy” ever again.

[–]bakingburek5 points6 points  (0 children) | Copy

The best thing you can do now, is pushups, body weight squats, pullups if you have an available bar. Get some cardio in before July 25th as this will help your performance.

When you do decide to go to the gym, eat as much protein that you can get your hands on, this will help with your lean body. Avoid sugar as much as possible, and the most important thing you can do is be consistent with it. Consistently builds character and a healthy habit. You should be setting achievable goals, don’t focus on how you’ll look in 5 year. Just put in the work today, be consistent with it, and make sure your nutrition is on point.

[–]ProofPear612 points13 points  (0 children) | Copy


Biggest rule is that your body will adapt to its environment. So if you are a couch potato doing nothing you'll look like it. If you lift wimpy little weights that are really easy nothing will happen. If you want to grow muscle you'll have to make your muscles push or pull something that is difficult.

In the fitness world this is called hitting failure; you lift a weight until you can't. The moment you can't anymore is when you 'hit failure'. Your muscles will grow the fastest if you do this thoroughly and often.

It doesn't really matter what it is that you use for weights. Machines and free weights tend to work better because you can pick a weight that is just right for your level of strength. You'll want a weight that is heavy but not so heavy you can't move it at all. Since you don't have access to a gym right now you can do bodyweight exercises. Doing pushups till you can't do them anymore will also make you hit failure.

There is a bunch more to talk about, you'll have to read elsewhere, the only point I feel you need to get in your head is that training isn't a temporary 40 day thing. You need to think marathon, not sprint. Lasting change comes from sticking with it and you can't do that if you burn yourself out after three days of mad workouts. So workout hard, but take a break when your body tells you to. If the idea of doing a workout fills you with dread you are either not recovered or you pushed yourself too hard the last couple of times. Figure out a schedule that you can stick to.


Eat meat. Milk is actually not that good because it's purpose is to fatten up baby cows. You are not a cow and you are not trying to fatten up. You need protein and the best bio-available source is meat. You don't need to overeat, you don't need supplements.

It really is this simple, you need to eat more meat and less of everything else.

[–]Momo_dollar4 points5 points  (0 children) | Copy

The general advice on here lift, get big, chicks dig big muscles.

Here’s the truth. Chicks dig athletic physiques, social leaders, and people with ambition.

Best way to get athletic? Focus on weights and a cardio, swimming or something else. Lift weights.. heavy but low rep, 3-5 reps, concentrate on compounds lifts. Takes time and effort to build, but as your strength increases you will also notice physical changes. Cardio is good, for general fitness, well being, a healthy mind and heart is more important then being big.

After a month or two of that and once you have above average strength and general fitness, then take up a combat sport. Boxing or Muay Thai etc

Do that 2-3 times a week. Do strength training twice a week, and do cardio 2 times a week.

Eat, get plenty of protein. You’ll be hard.

After a year of that you’ll be the real deal. Average people might underestimate me, unless if your topless or wearing a t-shirt. But certain men will see you and automatically start talking about fitness, fighting, blah di blah

The biggest tingles I see in bitches eyes is when they playfully hit me on the chest and realise how solid I am. It’s like having a bunch of aces up your sleeve, whereas when your just swole people see you and know exactly what you’re about... and likelihood is if there’s nothing else to you interest quickly subsides.

[–]_Legendairy_2 points3 points  (0 children) | Copy

Your diet determines your size, the amount you train determines your muscle:fat ratio. -Some fitness post on here

Eat a ton of protein dense foods - tuna fish, peanut butter, chicken, etc. in a large caloric excess of your maintenance levels. You’re looking to gain weight and the only way to do this is by eating. Maybe even supplement creatine or protein powder if your doctor says it’ll be safe for you.

If you do the big three lifts with a beginners program you’ll put on the most muscle and gain the least fat off the bat.

All you got to do is start.

[–]popsickkle1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I am by no means an authority on bodybuilding but have been gyming 5+ times a week consistently over the past year with some nice results, so here are some thoughts on what I have found worked for me -Consistency is key. I don’t care if I work late, I don’t care if it’s raining or whatever other excuse, just go to the damn gym. Even if it’s for 1 set. Over time you will see this will become a habit and you will NEED to go -Learn good form on key compound exercises with light weights first. There are plenty of resources on Youtube. Never sacrifice form -Variety keeps things interesting and apparently is good to “shock” your muscles too. Switch up your exercises. I thought the Athlean X channel on Youtube was really good. So much material -Don’t think about the other people in the gym. A gym can be an intimidating environment initially but now I just in the zone and forget there is even anyone there -Work out hard. Make sure effort is high and give your 100% on each set. I used to just cruise through my workout counting the reps but your progress will be much quicker if you really focus on maxing out your effort on each exercise

[–]Irtotallynotrobot1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Awesome. Here are the rules, don't break them. Pick a workout routine and stick to it (I recommend four day split: legs, arms, chest, back) 5 sets of 5 reps increasing weight until uncomfortable but in control, sessions should be 30 minutes high paced, 5-6 types of lifts.

Diet is Paramount (rice cooker/george foreman, chicken bagged vegetables and rice, protein shakes, celery and carrots for snacking, oatmeal with peanut butter and honey for carb cravings).

Schedule your lifts, if you miss one move on to the next scheduled lift the next day, if you miss a lift then it's lost and move on, off days should be "fun" activities like sports or something. Make sure to stretch and add in cardio as needed.

Expect failure. Discipline is a habit formed over time, approach each day individually and choose to lift in the time you've selected.

[–]new__vision1 point2 points  (1 child) | Copy

There's a whole subreddit for skinny people trying to gain called "gainit".

[–]Psychological_Radish2 points3 points  (5 children) | Copy

Some general advice would also be appreciated for diet

Yeah, eat a fuck ton more than what you're eating now. You're clinically underweight, as you know. Clearly you're eating like an anorexic girl and that needs to change. I'm talking in the neighborhood of 5,000 calories for a guy like you. Obviously this also needs to be paired with proper weight training. You need to do a program like Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength and eat like a maniac for the next few months.

I don't know what going to college has to do with anything? 40 days?! Are you serious? Most colleges have really good gyms. Continue training while you're there.

[–]Greek-God-Brody9 points10 points  (4 children) | Copy

I was the same weight and height as him when I started 2 years ago. Hardgainer genetics. Ate 2500 cal at the start, then 2700 after a few months. And put on a lot of weight. 5000 is way too high. I'm currently eating 3500 cal

[–]DJVendetta4 points5 points  (2 children) | Copy

You are correct

[–]Greek-God-Brody0 points1 point  (1 child) | Copy

Before I got into lifting, I was probably eating under 1800-2000 cal on average. So getting to a consistent intake of 2500 was just enough in the first phase

[–]DJVendetta1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

I’m aiming for 2700 at the moment but it’s hard to hit consistently. I’m going to track calories although MyFitnessPal seems to be difficult to use efficiently so I’m just estimating calories.

[–]Psychological_Radish1 point2 points  (0 children) | Copy

Okay...this data point is meaningless without context. Rippetoe's Starting Strength which requires a massive caloric surplus, and only then for the first few months.

I started off fatter and shorter than OP put still did something like 4K a day for a few months, then went down to 2800. I put on 40 lbs in six months of lifting with a dramatic positive change in physical appearance. "Slow bulking" is horseshit in my opinion, but if people want to take two years to achieve what I did in six months because razor abz brah, then go ahead and do that.

[–]lifeisweirdasfuck3 points4 points  (1 child) | Copy

You are 6' and not lifting? If I was as tall as you I would give up any shitty excuse and lift literally 24/7.

[–]Yashugan00[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

In 40 days you can build a lifestyle habit of

eat, sleep, gym, other.

then, through repetition, you will keep building yourself up. You could be really something by senior year.

There are a lot of distractions during college years however.

[–]bakamoney0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Gym or no gym. Eat more bruh

[–]BusterVadge0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You're going to need to eat. a LOT. I'm naturally lean, and when bulking have to eat over 3500 calories to gain anything. I've accepted that I'll never be huge but you can put on muscle mass. I have, but my body looks more athletic than muscular.

[–]boy_named_su0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

You can gain two pounds of muscle per month, natty. So you could put on four entire pounds by September

Either do steroids, or have a longer term plan

Hint: the correct answer is the latter

First things first, go to the doctor, get a blood test for hormones, vitamins, minerals, and start fixing any deficiencies

[–]yeolderazzledazzle0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I had great luck with Mass Made Simple my Dan John. Give it a shot. It's only six weeks long.

Get in the gym today or quit forever. Get used to making little sacrifices because that's what it will take to achieve your goal. Just do anything. Do a single pushup.

[–]Jcbthaname0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Eat a good 3 meals per day or more bare minimum

[–]Fuktiga_mejmejs0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

I was an absolute stick 1,5 years ago, in six months i gained sooo much, we all have to start somewhere so don't be shy and get after it! You will realize quickly that working out is for YOU and no one else, the self fulfilment is absolutely crazy.

[–]Fuktiga_mejmejs0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Tuna is a great source of protein and it's pretty cheap if you get canned Tuna.

[–]RedPillAlphaBigCock0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy


Everything is on youtube - these Dorian ideos ARE ALL YOU NEED - ALSO You need 2 years - consistency and sleep are EVERYTHING

[–]jimmyvivi20 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thanks everyone I'll heed the advice too

[–]ragerdemon0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Diet: Meat, eggs, rice, fish, chicken, turkey, bacon, and water.

Get enough rest/sleep

Workouts: Push ups, pull ups, chin ups, dips, google body weight workouts

[–]NobodyP10 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Take your diet more serious then your workout. 2/3 is diet 1/3 is working out. Eat 5,000 calories a day.

[–]guyinajumpsuit0 points1 point  (0 children) | Copy

Thoughts from a fellow bean pole (was 6ft 140lbs and lean from the age of 15-32), here's what I did to get from 140-160 in 10 months (goal is to get to 170-175 and see how I feel):

Decided to add muscle mass about 10 months ago. For the previous year I had been doing the hour-long free videos on YouTube from Fitness Blender. These are simple, no-nonsense HIIT videos. They also have some great yoga and pilates videos. I suggest doing their hour long pilates video once a week for core muscles - it helps a lot with stability on squats and deadlifts.

I discovered that, at my low body mass, all my joints were starting at a weak point. I could never push, pull, or squat enough weight to make any real change before the Fitness Blender training. I would say within a few weeks to a month you'll have a good starting base for lifting if you do one of those hour videos every day. (On their kickboxing hiit video, try that with a couple 2lb or 3lb dumbbells - you'll be surprised).

When you're ready to hit the gym (you don't have to wait, the HIIT videos are just a suggestion), start with a beginner program and adjust as you get used to it. I started Stronglifts 5x5 in October 2018 and followed the program until May. At that point I had plateaued a few times, but also started understanding my personal capabilities, and made my own custom lifting plan. I added weighted lunges, dips, pull-ups, and one-sided farmer's walks (for grip strength)... and also changed the sets/reps, but the overall plan is similar. I hit the gym to lift heavy 4-5 times a week now.

On Stronglifts 5x5 I didn't really start adding weight to my body for the first few weeks, but once it came on it came on pretty consistently. 140 one month, 144 next, 147 next, 149 next, etc. Effort + time = progress.

As I said, I'm 160 now. Plan to be 170 by the end of the year. That kind of muscle on really thin frames like ours is very noticeable. You should be pleased with the results if you stick with it.

Finally, this won't work if you're making excuses not to go. You have to carve out an hour every day to do something. Lift, hiit, pilates, whatever. If you skip today, you'll skip tomorrow. Good luck, and post an update in 6 months.


*also, I should add: I'm not a fitness expert, but if you'd like more details on what I do, feel free to message me, since I was in the same spot as you less than a year ago

[–]lokilis-1 points0 points  (0 children) | Copy

I'd suggest stronglifts 5x5 to get started, it is dead simple and a short workout in the gym.

The hardest part is preparing by carefully researching the proper form for each exercise. Stronglifts' website has thorough explanations of each exercise. Jeremy Ethier on youtube has some good videos regarding common mistakes for most of the exercises in Stronglifts.

The second hardest part is the first week - actually hauling your ass to the gym, picking up the iron, and doing it.

The third hardest part is actually going easy enough during the first week. If you get super sore, you won't want to go workout again in 2 days.

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