Best Of The Forum: Building Muscle For Skinny Beginners!

Are you a skinny beginner trying to get into the game of bodybuilding? You have come to the right place. Get the latest right here about transformations, muscle building, nutrition, workouts and supplementation. Learn more right now!

Here is living proof that if you work hard, you can gain a decent amount of lean mass through proper exercise and nutrition. The following are a bunch of transformations of people who were skinny at one point... but not anymore!

Mass Gain Transformations

Benjamin Pierce

    Name: Benjamin Pierce
    Location: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
    Age: 26
    Height: 5'6"
    Weight Before: 125 lbs
    Weight After: 150 lbs cut, 170 lbs bulked.

Before Before:
125 lbs
After After:
150 lbs

Skinny Vinny

    Name: Vince DelMonte
    Age: 25
    Height: 6'0"
    Scaleweight Before: 150 pounds
    Scaleweight After: 190 pounds
    Bodyfat Before: 13%
    Bodyfat After: 8%
    Total Muscle Gained: 45 lbs
    Total Fat Lost: 6 pounds

before Before:
150 lbs
after After:
190 lbs

Chris Dalton

    Name: Chris Dalton
    Age: 17
    Weight (before): 130 lbs
    Weight (after): 150 lbs

Weight: 130 lbs
Weight: 150 lbs

Joel Dale

Week 0

Age: 18
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 129.5
Chest: 33"
Body Fat: 4%
Legs: 18"
Arms: 9.5"
Waist: 27"

Week 14

Age: 19
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 167
Chest: 42"
Legs: 23"
Body Fat: 7%
Arms: 12.5
Waist: 30"

Matt Guarrasi

155 lbs
190 lbs

James R.

    Height: 5'9
    Scale Weight before: 155 lbs
    Quad size before: 22.5"
    Bicep size before: 15"
    Calf size before: 14"
    Scale Weight after: 207 lbs
    Quad size after: 26"
    Bicep size after: 17.5"
    Calf size after: 15.5"
    Total weight gained: 52lbs

150 lbs
190 lbs

Brian Strider

    Name: Brian Strider
    Years Bodybuilding: 2 years
    Favorite Bodypart: Chest
    Favorite Supplements: Protein powder, creatine, and a multivitamin.
    Hobbies: Art, reading, dance
    Favorite Bodybuilders: Ronnie Coleman, Kevin Levrone
    Age: 20
    Height: 6'
    Weight: 255 Lbs
    Chest: 51 inches
    Calves: 18 inches
    Legs: 32 inches
    Arms: 20 inches
    Waist: 34 inches


125 lbs


255 lbs

Jeremiah Bustos

    Name: Jeremiah Bustos
    Age: 22
    Height: 5'7" Weight Before: - 135 lbs
    Chest Before: - 36"
    Biceps Before: - 12.75"
    Waist Before: - 29"
    1RM Bench Before: - 155 lbs
    Weight After: - 158 lbs
    Chest After: - 43"
    Biceps After: - 15.5" (want this to be 16)
    Waist After: - 32" (want to get this down to 30)
    1RM Bench After: - 320 lbs (want to get this up to 340)

135 lbs.

1RM Bench:
155 lbs.

158 lbs.

1RM Bench:
320 lbs.

Parker Cote

    Name: Parker Cotte
    Age Before: 17
    Age After: 18
    Weight Before: 165
    Weight After: 195

Before Before:
165 lbs
After After:
195 lbs

Justin Hagar

    Name: Justin Hagar
    Sport: College Football (Wide Receiver)
    Weight Before: 141 lbs.
    Weight After: 194 lbs.

Dean Goudie

    Name: Dean Goodie
    Weight Before: 115 lbs.
    Weight After: 165 lbs.

Randy Herring

    Name: Randy Herring
    Weight Before: 115 lbs.
    Weight After: 155 lbs.
    Weight Gained: 40 lbs.

Dax Joyner

    Name: Dax Joyner
    Before: Skinny Teen
    After: NPC Competition Winner

Todd Blue

    Name: Todd Blue
    Weight Before: 130 Lbs. Skinny
    Weight After: 250 Lbs. Muscular

Helpful Forum Posts

Putting on muscle takes time and dedication, as a beginner you need to realize that.

To help you get started, I have found some great information on the forums which I believe will be of great help to those of you just starting out. There is everything from muscle building posts, to muscle building nutrition, workouts, and even muscle building supplements.

Muscle Building

Muscle Building Nutrition

Muscle Building Workouts

Muscle Building Supplements


After reading these threads and posts, you should have a better idea of what you need to do in order to put on some lean muscle. Take the information that you just learned and turn it into a lifestyle. There is no quick fix, and like everything else, good things come to those who wait (and of course are persistent and dedicated).

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Bodybuilding is something that you need to make part of your daily life. It is a combination of nutrition, training, and sleep. When all these aspects are met, the gains will follow. Good luck and good health!