You’re here because you want to build muscle, and let me guess—you feel like you’re working out all the time, spending hours at the gym, and no matter how hard you try, you just CAN’T seem to build muscle.
You follow all the (seemingly) right fitness advice. You go to the gym 4-5 days a week. You even dialed in your diet and are trying to eat all the right foods… and yet, even so, you just CAN’T seem to gain any muscle mass.
Well, believe me, I’ve been there. After years of being a hardgainer, and wasting countless hours on the wrong diets, workout routines, and supplements, I’ve finally “cracked the code” so to speak—and today, I’m going to teach you how to do the same, as well.
In this article, I’m going to teach you exactly how you can build muscle fast, and more importantly, the biggest mistakes you’re probably making right now that make it impossible for you to gain muscle.
Before I explain why you’re not gaining any muscle, I want to first explain why you should even bother listening to me in the first place. After all, there’s a million fitness influencers online with their own opinions, right?
Well, in my experience, if you want to gain more muscle, you should probably listen to people who have done it themselves. Why would you listen to some scrawny editor with zero real-life experience in the gym?
You wouldn’t, and you shouldn’t—BUT, you probably should listen to someone with six pack abs, who is actually jacked, right? Like me in those pictures up there. This is what you can attain, if you’re willing to put in the work, and willing to learn about fitness.
My workout program Body of an Alpha has helped hundreds of guys’ transform their physiques, and my blog has hundreds of free articles—so be sure to check those out if you’re seriously committed to building muscle.
Other than that, now that I’ve shown you I actually walk the walk (not just talk the talk), let’s get into the biggest reasons you’re not gaining muscle.
You want to pack on pounds of lean muscle mass, and you feel like you’re doing everything possible. For whatever reason though, you just CAN’T seem to gain any weight. Why is this? Well, there could be a lot of different reasons.
It could be your genetics. It could be your caloric intake. It could be your workout routine. It could be a million different things, under a million different circumstances. Usually however, if you’re struggling to gain muscle, it’s probably just because you need to make a few small tweaks.
Here’s the 5 Biggest Reasons You Probably Can’t Build Muscle:
Building muscle is a science, and once you begin to understand this, you can gain more and more muscle, faster and faster. It’s all about education, and if you have work ethic PLUS a willingness to learn, you’ll go very far.
The BIGGEST reason that most people struggle to put on muscle, is because they’re not EATING right. Seriously—I remember eating 1,500 calories per day in high school and wondering why I couldn’t bulk up.
If you want to get big, you need to eat a lot of calories… and it’s probably going to be a hell of a lot more food than you thought was appropriate. There’s been times where I ate 7 full meals per day to bulk up for photoshoots. That’s the level of food that I’m talking about here.
How to Discover Your Ideal Muscle Building Diet:
These three points are the most important rules when it comes to gaining muscle. There’s an old saying that says muscles are built in the kitchen, not in the gym—and while it’s true that you need a good workout routine to build muscle, without the right diet, you’ll be working out for nothing.
The second biggest reason you’re probably not gaining muscle, is you’re not training the right way—either you aren’t training with INTENSITY, or your workout routine isn’t good to begin with. Let me explain.
Different workout routines are geared towards different goals. Some are better for building strength, others are good for building endurance, and some are geared towards building muscle mass. Ideally, you want to choose the latter.
If you’re struggling to build muscle, I recommend a routine that combines strength training with hypertrophy training, like the Body of an Alpha routine. By combining both types of training, you can get both bigger and stronger, AND you can do it faster than if you just focused on one type of training alone.
Now, once you’ve chosen your workout routine, you need to realize something else—and this is extremely important. No workout routine will work, if you aren’t willing to put in the work. Let me say that one more time.
NO WORKOUT ROUTINE WILL WORK, IF YOU AREN’T WILLING TO PUT IN THE WORK.
If you aren’t training with intensity, and out of breath or sweating during parts of your workout, you probably aren’t training hard enough. Don’t believe me? Go look at how the giant, jacked dudes in the gym train every day.
They’re sweating. They’re out of breathe. They’re laser-focused on their workout. Watch how they train, and then compare that to how the scrawny guys train. Most of them barely put in any work, and have zero focus.
If you’re struggling to build muscle, up the intensity. Building muscle is hard—it’s not supposed to be easy. The more work and effort you put into your workout, the more muscle growth you’ll get in return. So go all out. Don’t hold anything back.
I have a funny story to tell you, actually. The other day I got an email from someone who was pissed off at me, who said that he wanted a refund, because he didn’t notice results after 2 weeks of training.
Two. Weeks. Of. Training. Two fucking weeks of training.
That’s how patient he was.
So, listen close and listen good, my friend. If you’re so much of a little crybaby, whiny bitch, that you can’t even COMMIT yourself to something for more than two fucking weeks, then what the FUCK do you EVER expect to accomplish in your pathetic excuse of a god damn fucking LIFE?
Excuse my French here, but NOTHING in life worth having is going to come fast. Do you know how long it took me to get SERIOUSLY jacked? It took YEARS OF HARD WORK AND TRAINING! That shit did NOT happen overnight!
Of course, I use certain cutting-edge fitness supplements like SARMs to enhance my progress and performance in the gym, but do you think I just took them and expected to be jacked in two weeks? Of course not!
Anyone with half a brain knows that anything in life that’s worth having is going to take time and consistency. It took years of discipline and focus for me to get to the point that I’m at now in my life… but it was worth it.
If You’re Struggling to Build Muscle, Ask Yourself These Questions:
Seriously ask yourself these questions. Understand that lifting weights isn’t for everyone. In fact, most people are losers with zero discipline, who will probably give up after a couple weeks in the gym… but do you know what? You’re not like that, and I want better for you.
Just the fact that you’re reading this article means you want more. So take it. Go out there and take it… because it’s yours for the fucking taking if you’re willing to put in the blood, sweat, and tears to get it.
One of the most important parts of building muscle is to recover properly. In fact, I’d say that this is one of the most overlooked fundamentals of fitness. Why? Because it’s boring. It’s not sexy or marketable to anyone.
…but it’s equally as important as every other point on this list. If you aren’t recovering properly after your grueling workouts, you aren’t going to gain muscle as fast as you possibly can. You must recover, period.
Here Are The Fundamentals of Recovery for Muscle Growth:
While I know that recovery isn’t sexy or marketable, it’s still extremely important for you to understand. Without enough sleep, and without enough off days, you’ll be building muscle 50% as effectively as you could be.
Unfortunately, the fitness industry is loaded with myths, fads, and lies these days… and the supplement industry is perhaps the biggest propagator of these things. Why is this? It’s actually quite simple, really.
Most people are lazy, so if you can tell them they’ll get shredded by just taking a pill each day, of course most people are going to buy it. Most people don’t want to put in the WORK, so they’d rather just buy a pill instead.
Now, don’t get me wrong—some supplements are worth having, and can definitely increase your muscle gaining progress in the gym. I already have a list of the fundamental supplements I take every single day.
That being said, though, don’t think for a second that they should replace a good diet or workout routine. Far too many people think they can “out-supplement” a garbage diet, or that they can undo years of laziness and obesity by just taking a damn fat-cutting pill. They can’t.
Here Are The Biggest Muscle Gaining Myths in the Fitness Industry:
There’s so many fad diets and myths in the fitness industry that it’s hard to keep track of them, but always remember that the majority of your focus should be on the fundamentals of fitness (which I cover in-depth in Body of an Alpha).
Things like eating enough calories, training hard, and getting enough sleep will never be sexy and marketable to people, but they’re the real, fundamental things that will lead to consistent muscle gains each and every year.
Now you know the truth, my friend. You have everything you need to start building more muscle today. In one year, you could have six pack abs, walking around on the beach, with every woman there staring at you.
…or, you could walk away right now, forget all about this article, and stay scrawny and out of shape for the rest of your life. The choice is really yours, my friend—and I genuinely hope that you decide to get jacked as hell.
If you do decide that you want to build muscle, and do it in the fastest, most efficient way possible, I would really urge you to take a look at my Body of an Alpha program. I designed it specifically for guys like you, who are struggling to build muscle—because that was literally exactly where I was many years ago.
Here’s what you’ll get, when you invest in Body of an Alpha today:
Also—if you want a free guide on the “legal steroids” I used to gain muscle as a scrawny guy, just click here and I’ll send it right to your inbox. I’d act soon, though, because the FDA is actually currently trying to make them illegal, because they’re just too damn effective at helping hard-gainers build muscle.
Anyways, I hope you enjoyed the article. I’m always open to answer DM’s on Instagram, or emails—and if you leave a comment down below, I’ll do my best to respond, as well.
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