How to Gain Weight Fast for Skinny Guys, Without Steriods

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How to gain weight fast for skinny guys is a confusing subject. I think it’s due to lot’s of misinformation out there.

In this post I hope I can make things a little clearer for you.

We’ll discuss why proper form, goal setting and pre and post workout nutrition is important.

Let’s dive in.

How to Gain Weight Fast for Skinny Guys Here Are the Rules

Lift with proper form

To gain weight and muscle fast you have to lift weights the right way. If your not doing exercises the right way you run the risk of injury.

Not to mention you’re wasting time.

Swinging the weight and other awkward movements while handling weights is really dangerous.

Take time to watch videos of all the key lifts before you start working out.

I even recommend asking a professional to show you how to lift and then critic your form until you get it perfect.

Targeting the muscle is crucial to increasing strength and you can’t accomplish this without proper form.

I hate when people advise others to lift heavy regardless of form.


Take your time when adding more weight to the bar. Don’t rush to an injury.

Focus on mastering the exercise with proper form and add weight gradually.

Set Goals!

You’ll never reach what you don’t aim for.

set goals

You should have clear cut practical goals when it comes to building muscle.

I’ve wasted lots of time, energy and money in the past and I’ll tell you why.


I was just going through the motions each workout.

Not tracking my lifts, not eating right and NOT SEEING RESULTS.

This is a great way to get nowhere and ultimately give up on your muscle building dreams.

The crazy part is, setting goals is not hard. And it’s the best way to stay focused.

You should be improving on every lift each week.

For example, if you did 6 reps of 100 pounds on the military press last week your goal this week should be to get 4 reps of 110 pounds.

You should be increasing weight or reps every workout. Granted you’ll have bad days where you don’t make progress, we all do.

But it should never be because you weren’t aiming to.

Clear defined goals make it easier to stay on track. You can hit the gym each workout FOCUSED and PREPARED.

You should also have clear nutritional goals. You need to know your numbers and stick by them.

What I do is use index cards.

Which brings us to the last topic I wanted to mention.

Pre and post workout nutrition is critical to building muscle..

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Studies have shown the importance of pre and post workout nutrition and it’s effects on building muscle.

Here’s a quick recap.

To build lots of muscle quick you must get 30-40 grams of protein and fast digesting carbs pre workout.

This will give you energy for your workout and help with protein synthesis.

The best type of protein for this is whey protein.

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Fast digesting carbs are those high on the glycemic index .

These spike insulin levels quick and help get nutrients to the working muscles.

I like to eat 5-6 dates and drink a whey protein shake 30 minutes before I hit the gym.

Post workout is similar the only difference is it’s consumed immediately after your workout.

Aim for 30-40 grams of protein and around 60 grams of quick carbs.

This is what we need to maximize protein synthesis and build up those muscles we destroyed.

You don’t need to worry about fat in your pre and post workout meals.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post about how to gain weight fast for skinny guys.

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14 thoughts on “How to Gain Weight Fast for Skinny Guys, Without Steriods”

  1. If I’m 5’7” is it realistic for me to get big naturally and weigh about 230lbs? Also if I don’t have access to weights in a gym, is it possible to do calisthenic exercises and still gain muscles? I know I wouldn’t be able to get as big as lifting weights, but I’d love to gain 15lbs of muscles for example doing calisthenics, would that be possible?

  2. Great post on how to build muscle naturally. It’s really easy to gain weight – we just need to eat lots of food. But to gain weight and build muscle is a completely different thing and much more difficult to do.

    I completely agree that lifting with the correct form is the most important thing. This will reduce the loneliness of us getting injured =)

  3. Hey Isaac,

    Yes, so many people undervalue the importance of good form. An injury due to bad form can set one back several months. I consider lifting without proper form hustling backwards.

  4. Hey Kent

    @ 5’7 230 you would look like an absolute tank, in a good way.

    Granted you have a low body fat percentage.

    & Yes building muscle with calisthenics is absolutely possible.

    I’ll make a post about it in the near future.

    I know lots of people are unable to hit the gym and calisthenics is a good alternative.

  5. Do you have any specific recommendations on good resources from a video perspective? There are so many darn youtubers out there it is hard to know which ones are trustworthy versus not. I ran across Scott Herman the other day and it looks like he has some solid videos on form, particularly for basic stuff like squats and military presses. What do you think of him?

  6. This is SPOT ON! I can’t tell you how many times I rushed the weight and hurt myself, ultimately setting myself back. It’s hard not to check your ego at the door when you enter the gym. Aside from this great advice, how do I avoid going to heavy? Is there some way to know? Thanks!

  7. Hey Craig,

    Yea Scott Herman is good I watch his videos to perfect my form on various lifts.

    Also check out Mike Matthews, he has some really good content and goes in-depth on his YouTube channel.

  8. Hey Kyle,

    If you can’t get at least 4 reps with good form and proper rep speed(2-1-1), the weight is too heavy.

    Dial it back to the previous weight you lifted and try to increase again next week.

  9. Kristina M Hines

    Thanks Mohamed,
    I will definitely share this information with my boyfriend. How many reps would you recommend that you should be able to do but maybe struggle the last rep or so?

  10. Hey Kristina,

    Tell him to work in the 4-6 rep range and go as heavy as he can.

  11. This is great. I’m a skinny tall guy and been all my life. I mean I’ve always wanted to gain some weight but it just seems almost impossible. I eat a lot and I lift often, but it just seems like i’m still the same size. Maybe i’m just impatient, but i’m just tired of being skinny, i just wanna be swole. I never tried whey protein before, does it actually work?

  12. Hey Garrett,

    Yes whey protein is a great supplement.

    My guess would be you need to eat more.

    Us skinny guys need a TON of calories to put on muscle.

    Some good foods to incorporate into your diet are sweet potatoes and rice.

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