Skinny Guy Builds Muscle (HIS STORY!)

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  • Published on:  Sunday, May 12, 2019
  • The one thing every skinny guy trying to build muscle will tell you is, it’s not easy. In this video, Jesse from ATHLEAN-X is going to take you through some of the successes and failures during his muscle building transformation that have gotten him to where he is now and are setting him up for greater mass gains in the near future. If you are not aware of Jesse, you likely haven’t been watching the videos on this channel for very long. For those who are seeing him for the first time, it takes a glimpse back in time to appreciate just how far he has come with his body. Jesse started at just under 130 pounds of body weight. He was painfully skinny and very weak.Beyond that however, Jesse had a history of head trauma that prevented him from leading a normal life and certainly made it difficult to engage in physical activity without repercussions. As a youth lacrosse player, he suffered multiple concussions which left him with severe post concussion syndrome and he was forced to stop playing all together. The risk of another concussion was too high and it was feared that any additional head trauma could lead to permanent brain damage.As he began his quest to try and build muscle while still maintaining the athleticism and all around performance ability he had on the field, he was met with complications from exertion during lifting. Even the slightest amount of stress, strain, overtaxing of the body during a lift would leave him with a headache. Sometimes, he would even black out during a set which became an incredible risk to his health considering he would be doing this with weights in his hands or on his back.Doctors forced him to scale back his training greatly while they helped him to identify the exact causes and triggers of his issues and how to better prepare for them over time. He essentially had to rebuild from the ground up. Not to mention, along with the neurological issues, Jesse brought with him a host of postural imbalances and dysfunction that further contributed to his disability and made proper form lifting a challenge.Over the last couple years, he worked very hard on overcoming the postural imbalances that were holding him back. The fixing of his pelvic tilt, neck, rounded shoulders and thoracic extension limitations were key to getting him to function better everywhere, not just in the gym. In addition, while the body was being fixed the aggravation of his neurological symptoms was improving as well. Ultimately, in February of this year he was cleared to begin increasing the exertion of his training.In just the last few months, Jesse has added a considerable amount of weight to his lifts and is performing them with good form and solid control due to the removal of compensations from his movement patterns from his early restricted work. His legs have grown in size and he is noticeably bigger in all areas of his physique. As you will see, he still has some things that he is struggling with while building muscle. Namely, his love of endurance training and long distance running combined with a healthy eating plan that makes it difficult for him to consume enough calories to put on extra muscle.The bottom line however is, he is on the right track and continues to be a motivational figure for any skinny guy who ever struggled putting on muscle. The sky is the limit for him now that he is able to push himself in his training without restriction. I fully expect him to keep getting stronger, bigger and maintain his overall athleticism while continuing to be able to enjoy the athletic endeavors that have driven him to where he is today. We will all keep rooting for this skinny guy to keep overcoming the issues that have once held him back.For a complete plan where you too can make a step by step transformation, head to the website below and pick the plan best suited to your current goals today. Go from skinny guy to jacked in just 90 days with the Max Size program and learn how to do all of this without having to unnecessarily have to bulk and cut or follow a one dimensional program.For more videos on how skinny guys build muscle and the best way to eat if you are a hardgainer and want to add muscle mass, be sure to subscribe to our channel here on youtube below and turn on your notifications so you never miss a new video when it’s published.Build Muscle in 90 Days - to this channel here -


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  • Flo - Gaming
    Flo - Gaming  3 months ago +3812

    2018: Jesse is no longer a camera man
    2019: makes some vids
    2020: takes over "JeshredsX"

  • endofourlives
    endofourlives  3 months ago +886

    He's starting to talk like Jeff, lol.
    Seriously, though, the progress is inspiring.

  • LSJ
    LSJ  3 months ago +449

    Holy shit. Those quads are impressive, Jesse!

  • JaWee iT
    JaWee iT  5 days ago +22

    When Jeff will retire Jesse is going to take over the Athlean-X

  • Ryan
    Ryan  3 months ago +236

    “But I did have one thing”...
    I thought he was gonna take his you know what out

  • Jiren Tank
    Jiren Tank  3 months ago +2310

    "You thought you eat like a beast but actually you were eating like a bird"
    Jesse getting his own quotes now

  • Gabriel A. Shimabucoro
    Gabriel A. Shimabucoro  3 months ago +242

    5:10 Actually true, for us that one day we've been skinny is really hard to put more calories in.

  • Piyush Gupta
    Piyush Gupta  3 months ago +192

    I love Jesse's progress but sheesh those people making fun of him for having skinny legs must be really insecure.

  • Ravi Rat
    Ravi Rat  4 days ago +5

    1) 100 squats
    2) 100 push ups
    3) 100 sit ups
    4) 10 k run
    Every single day.
    Train until you go bald!!!

  • Unleashing The Alpha
    Unleashing The Alpha  3 months ago +186

    Remember the Days when Sixpackshortcuts was the biggest Fitness YouTube Channel?
    Long Time ago! These Guys are the Best in the World!

  • Darryl Fraser
    Darryl Fraser  3 months ago +1127

    Great progress, keep going.
    Awful shirt.

  • Dark Trainer Z
    Dark Trainer Z  3 months ago +47

    Doing good Jesse just please get rid of that stringer tank

  • David Tunstall
    David Tunstall  2 months ago +70

    Awesome video, I can totally relate having weighed 145 pounds nearly my entire adult life until 30. This year I started doing a ton of research on how to build muscle as an ectomorph and in 6 months have added around 20 punds up to 167. A few things that helped kickstart my journey:
    Change your mindset, tell yourself that you are capable of gaining weight, don't accept your skinny physique and visualise yourself weighing 180 pounds and feeling what that would be like daily.
    Eat a ton of food. I also thought I was eating heaps so I wrote down my daily meals and found out I was eating only 2800 calories, which is stuff all for an ectomorph. I sliwly added 300 or so calories a week and am now eating around 3500 a day quite easily.
    Compound exercises. My workouts consist entirely of compound supersets. So 3 supersets of 2 exercises each 3 times over. Rather than targeting just one muscle group at a time blasting your body with a ton of squats/deadlifts/pullups/bench will have you stacking on a ton of mass in no time and also builds a great foundation for you to target individual muscle groups down the track if that is your wish. Also takes care of our number 1 concern of skinny legs fairly quickly once your glutes/quads/and hammys start filling out.
    Time under tension and correct technique. When I first started lifting I thought nothing about how long it should take to raise and lower the weight, I would just swing wildly like 1 sec down and 1 up and would never get what they refer to as a 'good pump'. Once I did some research and started doing 1 second on the raise/lift and 3 seconds on the lower/extension boy did I notice the burn and I actually had to reduce my old weight amount by almost 30%!
    Bonus tip: as skinny guys we pay so much attention to how our quads look that we often overlook our calves in the lower half which are usually the most visible i.e. wearing shorts. There is a good way to get started on this without even needing weights and you can train it daily as your calves bear your weight for most of the day so need to be hit consistently to grow. Calf raises. Stand in a doorway facing one wall and place your hand on each side for support around waist height with feet shoulder width apart. Now place one foot behind the other and lift that foot off the ground. With your other foot push up through the ball of the foot to raise your body up and engage the calf muscle. Hold for 1 second at the top of the exercise and lower slowly. Repeat until failure and then switch legs. Do this twice. It will be hard at the start to do 10-15 reps but fairly soon you will be hitting 50-60 reps and will notice some nice size in your lower legs developing which will complement nicely your quads and glutes that are blowing out from the squats and your shoulders and chest from the pullups and dumbell bench presses etc.
    Hope this info helps any other skinny guys out there wanting to stack on some mass, definitely doable with plenty of food, good training and enough sleep!

  • Eduardo Pereira
    Eduardo Pereira  3 months ago +44

    One skinny guy to another; you're doing great brother! I started at 146 and now usually around 170. Thanks to guys like Jeff.
    And I speak for most on here when I say that you come off as a very humble down to earth dude. You know those people that you meet and instantly like? Ive never met you but I'm sure youre one of those.
    Cheers from Canada

  • Andy Hosker
    Andy Hosker  3 months ago +46

    What so many people really need to hear. Thank you Jessie! So much respect x

  • Roozbeh Saadati
    Roozbeh Saadati  an hour ago +1

    ur nose job tho! :|

  • R F
    R F  3 months ago +36

    Well that was awesome. Jesse is one of my favorite YouTube personalities. Such a real person. Jeff, you are a great judge of talent and potential. Great job my friends.

  • Noel Rodriguez
    Noel Rodriguez  2 months ago +27

    I love Jessie, his candid yet playful nature is a fun addition. It's also great having someone to relate to in a fitness journey, including mine. Seeing him improve reinforces the belief that I can improve, too.

  • Sean Survaunt
    Sean Survaunt  2 months ago +12

    when they realize you could see jeff in the mirror in the first 2 min