Most of the readers of this site are familiar with the names of my well respected colleagues like Alwyn Cosgrove, Dave Tate, Jim Wendler and Craig Ballantyne. But today I would like to introduce you to someone you may not be familiar with. His name is Vince Delmonte and when it comes to helping skinny hardgainers pack on muscle, Vince really knows his stuff. I interviewed Vince recently and here is part one of what he had to say...
Q: Vince, like me, you were a skinny kid growing up and a stereotypical
hardgainer. How much trial and error did you have to go through to come up with a formula that works for guys like us?
A: To be honest, I lucked out and found myself a 'savior." I met this natural level bodybuilder (at my church of all places) who basically took me under his wing and became my coach right before I decided to transform my body.
This guy was a tank! 225 and 5% body fat all year round and I believe he was in his late 40's. He started giving me these "old school" workout tips and techniques and programs and before I knew it, I gained 41 lbs of lean muscle in six months.
Over the past 5 years, I've finessed the program by working in the trenches as a trainer - with sometimes 40-50 clients at a time and found how to tailor the program to virtually anybody - teenagers, young gals, beginners, older fellows, moms... anybody.
Building muscle is really not that complicated. There are only a few universal principles that need to be applied consistently, over time, for muscle growth. As long as these "ingredients" are in place, there is no reason anyone should spend years going through trial and error.
Don't get me wrong, some individuals have unique situations that require some tweaking but for the most part, building muscle is very simple in theory but difficult in "doing!"
Q: What do think made the biggest difference? Are there a few things that you discovered that really made a huge impact on your training?
Four things for now:
1. Truly "high intense" workouts. The first time I learned how this principle works, I ended up in the bathroom puking worse than a first year keg party. Most guys are just not giving their muscles a reason to change. The workout are too easy for their body's so the body laughs back at them and says, "Nice try..."
2. Infrequent workouts. If you are training more intensely, will it take longer or shorter to recover? Longer! So the key is to find the optimal number of days in between workouts to allow for recovery and adaptation to occur.
3. Progression. When I started to make a conscious effort to "out do" my previous workouts performance with either a extra pound or extra rep. The best way to measure your bodybuilding progress is by using the standard of strength.
4. Consistency. It's critical you stay dedicated and consistent all year round to maintain motivation and see results.
Q: What were some of the biggest mistakes that you made and what mistakes do you still see skinny guys doing in the gym today on a regular basis?
Okay, where should I start...
-- reading bodybuilding magazines if your training without drugs
-- relying on finding the "right" supplement
-- training with wimpy friends or guys not very serious
-- doing "mirror workouts" (starring at yourself in the mirror the whole time)
-- 'over killing' a muscle group with body part training
-- getting your gym membership confused as a "social membership"
-- spending more time trying to pick up the cute receptionist instead of working out
-- lifting the same weights every week
-- too much alcohol on the weekends
-- too many late nights partying
-- not being consistent year round
I could go on for awhile here... those are just a few things.
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