I was just perusing the Scrawny to Brawny thread and wanted to make a few comments - for what they’re worth.
Scrawny to Brawny is a new book that I co-authored with Mike Mejia and is a comprehensive treatment of the topic of training for “hardgainers” with ectomorphic body types.
While there are alot of “hungry” mesomporphs out there (individuals who simply don’t eat and train right and use the “hardgainer” excuse for their poor efforts), ectomorphy is a legitimate body classification that’s complete with hormonal, SNS, and structural differences that do increase the barriers to getting massive.
The book demonstrates these differences and discusses how to work thru them - in other words, how to do things right if you’re an ectomorph.
- Currently, Get Lifted is posting, in sometimes painful detail, what he’s doing. (Please note, he does not represent us or the plan - he’s just a guy that’s doing his best to follow it and document what happens).
However, someone has already done this. Check it out here:
Now, without reading the book, it seems as if it’s very detailed, sometimes too much so. However, without seeing the book, you really have little room to comment.
So far, Get Lifted has posted his results from a 15 minute postural assessment. And people are busting on him for what - I don’t know.
This chapter is designed to make sure you’re not entering into the HEAVY lifting program with postural imbalances that will predispose you to injury.
After the 15 minute assessment, we teach you how to spend the next 2-6 weeks correcting imbalances before launching into said HEAVY lifting and eating program.
If you don’t see the value of easing into a new program and making sure your body is balanced before starting to squat, bench, and deadlift at loads approaching 95% of max, god bless.
None of my clients will be following your example!
- After a 15 minute assessment and 2-6 weeks (depending on how good/bad things are), you’re off and into a serious training and eating program that even Professor X wouldn’t object to.
So my point - sitting on this forum and bashing the program, the book, Get Lifted, etc without some perspective on the book and the big picture isn’t contributing anything to the discussion but useless argument and debate. If that’s your goal, cool.
Instead, though, if you’re here to learn something and perhaps even mentor others, my advice is to kick back and a) see what happens and what’s to come, b) pick up a copy of the book (it’s only about 12 bucks at Amazon), c) look at the program objectively rather than passing out the same old advice - lift big and train hard. Those words mean different things to different folks and this book is about standardizing those definitions for the ectomorph.
If anyone has any questions about the book, don’t hesitate to pop over to www.scrawnytobrawny.com to find out more about the book.
There are alot of people commenting about what Scrawny to Brawny is and what it isn’t. Unless you’ve actually read the book, you’re out of line to comment.