How to Bulk Up & Gain Mass Fast.

Dear Davey

I just recently began going the gym. I am 6 ft tall and 135 lbs. I’m 18 years old and really have been working hard to see results. I recently started creatine for an extra boost because it was hell trying to lift weights. What are some tips you can give me to gain weight in muscle and get a more cut look?


Dear Joey,

It sounds like you’re ready to make the transition from twinkville to beeftown.

You’ll want to pay careful attention to your diet. For a week or two, keep tabs on what you typically eat. If you can, count the calories to give yourself a benchmark. Since you want to gain muscle mass - and since you’ve already taken the important step of hitting the gym - don’t be afraid to crank up your intake.

When someone is looking to lose weight, we tell them to create a calorie deficit. That is, they are taking in fewer calories than they are burning. For you, it’s just the opposite. You’ll want to take in more calories than you are burning. It doesn’t need to be dramatic; even a 10% or 20% increase will make a difference. If you find that you are gaining weight too quickly - or it is coming on as fat instead of muscle - you can always scale back.

Having said that, it’s not a free pass to eat cheese puffs, bonbons and make frequent visit to McDonald’s. You’ll still want to eat healthy foods including lean meats, healthy fats (i.e., nuts and avocados), fruits, beans, veggies and the like. You’ll just be eating more of them - and perhaps more frequently - than before.

When it comes to exercise, focus most of your efforts on strength training. While it’s still fine to perform some cardio (definitely no more than 30% of your gym time), acquaint yourself with the free weights. Since you’re looking to build muscle, you’ll opt for a low number of repetitions of very heavy weights - and you’ll target muscle failure. Here are some more muscle-building tips.

And yes, you may find that the creatine will help. Many individuals report significant weight gains in just the first month. Ensure that you are cycling the creatine (i.e., one week of 20 grams followed by one week of 5 grams, and an occasional week off) for best results.

Also, be realistic: As a skinny guy, you probably don’t have the frame to look like a muscle daddy. But embrace and rock what you do have - and know that many of us would give our right testicle to have your metabolism.


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  1. after seeing the guy in the picture I’m not really motivated to gain weight, lol.

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  3. Jeez. If you look like that, why would you even want to gain weight? :O
    I’m in a tricky situation. I’m sixteen, with the same body type with you (not THAT cool abs though, but the upper four or six). I’m rly doing almost nothing to keep miself fit, except going everywhere on foot (in a rly quick pace), gymnastics at school and healthy diet. I’m not the person that has the time and the courage to work out though. I’ve got only free some hours per day, and I need to rest a bit.
    Is there an “easy” - actually, not easy, just not as demanding as going to the gym or taking up a sport - exercise that I could do, that I could shift to fit in my schedule? I have tried a couple of times to start basketball and swimming, but it rly didn’t work out. After two years of each, I stopped. I could not bear HAVING to go and exhaust myself unconditionally, even if my day was full of tasks and work.
    So, Davey, can you suggest any activity that I can try out?
    Because I know that I have this body cuz I’m a teen, but it won’t last forever if I don’t do something.
    I wrote a whole novel here -.-“

  4. I like the fact that it was a pic of Brent. 🙂

  5. (reply to Lucas)
    I could care less whose pic is it. :/
    The thing that matters is that this guy is rly fit, and this is a change that seems more than possible to achieve. (for me)
    So, just concentrate in the rest I said. The only thing you need to know about the pic, is to know how to see it. Doesn’t change anything else, don’t you agree?

  6. christopher says:

    JOEY-im so much beleiving you and i are on the right track-im doing much the same as you are-results are paying off-DW-has set us on the right track-OBEY-OBEY-OBEY.God made us-he doesnt make mistakes.he is perfect-we are in his image.Amen.mix the vegan/vegetarian lifestyle-without beef chicken fish and veggiesi so much promise youll be rewarded.its working for me.and ive the results to prove it.and you will -too.

  7. christopher says:

    Joey-easy on the meat-beef-pork-and fatty chicken-fruit and veggies-beans-etc etc.its paying off me-it will pay off for stoked-and you should be too.

  8. Wow, I’ve been thinking about gaining weight so much. This blog helps a bit 🙂

    thanks, Davey wavey!

  9. LOVE brent Corrigan!!! (guy in picture ;D)

  10. Grahamburger says:

    Thanks for this post, Davey — very few fitness gurus on the Internet spend any time at all focusing on those of us who are underweight! And we *do* need help! 😛

    That said… isn’t 18 a little young to be moving out of Twinkville? 18/19/20 are like the primo years to be a twink. I’m 24 and only just recently decided to head on over to Beeftown…. *shrug* Each their own, I guess. 😛

  11. How do u know if wat u are doing in the gym is rite? I do 3 sets of each at 8 reps a time at just below my max weight at wat point do u move the weight up? And they say no pain no gain is it rite to hurt the next day? Any help much appreciated

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