When I started learning about bodybuilding at age 17 I was a tall and lanky skinny-fat guy and my #1 goal in life was to achieve a lean and muscular physique. (So I could get a girlfriend). I started training in February 2010 but my strength on the compound exercises was similar to that of a … [Read more...] about Why You Shouldn’t do Starting Strength as a Beginner
When you start your fitness journey it's easy to get the idea that you need weight training to build a muscular physique. But that is wrong. Plenty of people have built muscular physiques with the use of basic calisthenics exercises such as chin ups and diamond push ups. The main benefit of … [Read more...] about How to Get Muscular with Calisthenics: 6 Proven Strategies to Accelerate Your Gains
Recently, a young guy named Harshit Godha emailed me to join my 1 year physique transformation program. He wanted to build a summer body like the one pictured below, in just 50 days. After making a comprehensive assessment of Harshit Godha's physique, I told him that it will take about 6 … [Read more...] about They Didn’t Think I Could Get A Summer Body, But I Did! (Indian Skinny-Fat Success Story)
I often get emails from guys who have wide hip bones and narrow shoulders. They ask me if they will ever be able to build a V-tapered physique, or if they won't make it because of their natural proportions. I can relate to that problem and now I'll give you my answer: YES, you can build a … [Read more...] about Can You Build A V-Tapered Physique – When Your Starting Proportions Are Terrible?
Being skinny-fat means that you lack upper body muscle mass while having excess body-fat in the lower waist, chest and hips. Compared to other guys, skinny-fat guys gain muscle mass at a much slower rate and we gain fat just by "looking at food". It's not uncommon for skinny-fat guys to train for … [Read more...] about Bodyweight Training for the Skinny-Fat Guy
Throughout all my teenage years I had that pear-shaped look with wide hips and narrow shoulders. My proportions resembled those of my female class mates and my physique made me embarrassed about taking my shirt off. In the meanwhile, most of the guys in my class came from athletic backgrounds and … [Read more...] about How to Build Wide Lats (Introducing the Cobra Lats Training Program)
I often see guys at the gym using way more weight than me. Some of them are bigger, but surprisingly, most of them are not. Last time I trained at the gym, I finished my workout with 35lbs barbell curls. In the meanwhile, there was a guy next to me curling double of my weight. That guy was … [Read more...] about Serge Nubret Pump Training: No Need to Lift Heavy to Gain Muscle
Most of you can perform sets of 20+ regular push ups with ease and this makes the push up useless for strength and muscle building, since it's too easy. 20+ reps will mostly build endurance since the upper body responds best to 8-20 reps for muscle building. In contrast, the diamond push up might … [Read more...] about How to Build the Beach Muscles with Diamond Push Ups