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Scrawny to Brawny: The Complete Guide to Building Muscle the Natural Way

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A state-of-the-art weight-lifting and nutritional blueprint for "skinny" guys who want to pack on muscle

Let's face it, naturally skinny guys are at a distinct genetic disadvantage when it comes to building muscle mass. But with the proper advice, these "hardgainers" definitely can realize their fitness goals. In Scrawny to Brawny, the authors draw on their years of practic
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Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 2nd 2005 by Rodale Books (first published March 24th 2005)
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Christian Crowley
Dec 12, 2011 Christian Crowley rated it liked it
I read the first edition. This is a good reference book on fitness for skinny people, and covers lifting, cardio and nutrition. The basic message is: if you want to add some muscle,
* eat a lot
* eat frequently
* lift heavy weights using the large muscle groups
* build cardio vascular health with short, intense cardio sessions (HIIT)
* minimize other calorie burning activity

The first edition needs an edit to correct mistakes in the text and sample workout plans, and could also use some help presenti
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Adam st.p
Dec 05, 2015 Adam st.p rated it liked it
Good practical workout tips. I didn't read the whole thing because I didn't need all the tips and it was an Inter-Library Loan book but it definitely helped a lot
Keanu Taylor
Jul 11, 2013 Keanu Taylor rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone, health conscious, Hard-gainers
I've spent my entire life blaming my jeans for my scrawniness. Just to find out it's not that at all. It's me, one-hundred percent me. As in the way I eat, what I eat, and when I eat. Basically, I wasn't eating enough. I ate a lot, I've always ate a lot, but never enough. In addition to that, I did not know my body.

Scrawny to Brawny teaches you the various mistakes that many HARD-GAINERS have a habit of doing and how to fix them. I teaches you how to fully understand your body, and why knowing s
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Jason Yang
Jul 29, 2011 Jason Yang rated it really liked it
I actually finished reading this a few weeks ago, but hadn't had time to write a review.



In general, I thought this was a very helpful read for me (I have an extremely fast metabolism and experience extreme difficulty putting on weight).



Perhaps the most useful content in this book for me were the chapters devoted to nutrition. The authors didn't exactly say anything I didn't already know (eg., I know I need to eat more), but what I liked is that the authors took a quantitative approach and helped
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trivialchemy
Aug 03, 2007 trivialchemy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fitness
Yes, I realize that the title of this book is "Scrawny to Brawny." I realized that when I bought it. Now shut up, or I'll sucker-punch you.

This is actually the best book on weight-training and nutrition specifically geared to ectomorphs that I've ever seen. Another classic from the editors of Men's Health, it includes all the latest nutrition science and highly ectomorph-specific training regimens. And my brother's gained like 15 pounds since I bought it.
Josh Meares
Mar 29, 2011 Josh Meares rated it liked it
This book put me on the only diet that has seriously strained my ability to eat all of the food in front of me. It has a lot of great information, especially on corrective exercises, and the kinds of foods we really need to eat.

Petabyte
Nov 04, 2010 Petabyte is currently reading it
Shelves: fitness
Cursory examination of book's contents shows easy readability. Now, to get on with the program... and get brawny. Hah. Wish me luck.
Jarrod Haynes
Jan 16, 2013 Jarrod Haynes rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
This book has helped me so much whereas others have led me astray. This book is well worth reading if you're an ectomorph looking to gain muscle.
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