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Ectomorph Training...First Post

Hey Guys…This is my first post and hopefully not last.
I am 19 turning 20.
I am an ectomorph who has a very fast metabolism and you know its hard for us to put on weight. If we do put on muscle it looks very impressive on us.

I eat 4 Big meals A day, and train heavy I worked in a liqour store new years ever was my last day. I burned a heck of alot of calories and worked out. Didnt let my body rest for a year and are paying for it with my lower back killing.

My question is, what kind of training can I do, I have limited weight, I have a barbell, dumbells and do a variety of pushups. I weigh 155 pounds gained 10 pounds in 3 months. I wanna do it the right way. any advice on a diet and training.
Thank You Very Much.

For diet read John Berardi’s articles. For training check out Chad Waterbury’s articles. With the two of them you pretty much can’t go wrong.

The fact of the matter is that you need to eat, lift, and rest enough and you’ll get bigger.

what other equipment do you have apart from DBS and BBs? do you have a squat cage? bench? chinning bar?

Hi lessitsyou,

I am actually pretty much in the same boat as you (being an ectomorph). I have to eat a ton of calories in order to gain weight.

First, let me just say not to look a gift horse in the mouth. In other words, there are plenty of people out there who would kill to be able to eat like us ectomorphs and not gain excess body fat. So, just remember to focus on what you do have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have.

That being said, I completely understand your interest in putting on muscle. Whether it be to attact potential romantic partners, improve self esteem, improve confidence, etc…or any combination thereof, adding muscle to one’s frame is something that I suspect most, if not all ectomorphs aspire to.

However, you should also ask yourself, “Do I just want to look powerful, strong, and athletic? Or, do I actually want to be powerful, strong and athletic?”

If the answer is the former, then there are a multitude of training approaches out there that will help you (to differing degrees) to gain muscle. Mr. Waterbury’s articles are some of the most effective in my opinion.

If on the other hand your answer is the former, in other words, you want to be powerful, strong, and athletic first, and muscular second, then I would suggest that you go more towards Gymnastics/Olympic lifting.

Now, I’m not saying that Mr. Waterbury’s programs won’t make you more powerful, strong, or athletic. I’m sure they will in fact. But, what I am saying is that they are inferior to grymnastics/olympic lifting in that respect.

And honestly, I think that Mr. Waterbury would honestly have to agree with me here. To the best of my knowledge he has never trained elite level gymnasts or olympic lifters. Nor could one hope to compete in such events simply by following his programs.

On the flip side, I have no doubt that a gymnast or olympic lifter could complete Mr. Waterbury’s workouts.

But, I degress, I will also say that the athletes following Mr. Waterbury’s programs are probably more muscular than most gymnasts/olympic lifters. Although that’s not to say that gymnasts/olympic lifters don’t build muscle through their trainin. Just look at pictures of gymnasts/olympic lifters and you will see what I mean. Would they win a Mr. Olympia contest? No. But are they skinny? No.

I personally am more interested in form than function, but that’s just me. I am simply suggesting that you make sure that you train in a way that will help you achieve the goals that are important to you.

Anyways, I hope that you find what you are looking for and stick with it.

Good training,


Thank you, all of you.
I printed out massive eating part one and 2. As soon as this cold gets better I will start.
I have a chin up bar, dumbells and a barbell.
Had a bench, mom complained took up too much room and I had to give it away.

I want a physique that is toned and muscular. For an ectomorph I have my share of good strength.
Thats why it always confused me. at 130 pounds I benched 220 and I was only 18.
My lifts were always good.
The muscle never came as fast as the strength.