I LOVE reading all the positive emails I get. Helping change people’s lives is one hell of an experience 😀 .
I love it even more when there are pics attached!
Earlier today I received an email from Jason Glover, a guy in Jersey. Jason is an ectomorph or ‘hardgainer‘ as some people call it.
Yes, some people do find it harder to build muscle BUT always remember that we can ALL GROW. There is no-one on this planet who cannot add pounds of muscle to their frame.
Train and eat correctly and you’ll grow. Don’t start getting upset because somebody, somewhere in the world is growing faster than you. You are GROWING, and you are doing it CONSISTENTLY – that’s all that matters.
If you really knew how many people are training year in year out without gaining a single pound of muscle, you’d count yourself lucky. These unfortunate souls keep training in the same (terribly ineffective) manner and expecting a different result – hey wasn’t that someone’s definition of insanity??
First, the BEFORE pics…
Now, the AFTER pics…
“The ‘before’ pics were taken a year ago but I only started training 5 months ago – the ‘after’ pics were taken last night.
I’m living proof of an ectomorph that threw away all the other garbage and just took what you had to offer and applied it.
5 months ago I started off at 69kg and in that 5 months my weight has increased by about 6-7kg; I’m now 76kg [7kg = 15.4 lbs].
I’ve never taken fat measurements as I’ve never had any, I’ve always just been skin and bone.
Maybe you can judge the fat situation by looking at the pics; as far as I’m concerned its all muscle size and maybe a bit of water from the creatine.
Thanks bud, lets keep growing!!”
It’s always gratifying to hear such messages. Thanks Jason, I’ll add your message to the testimonials page. By the way, if anything, I think you may have lost a little fat in the process of adding those pounds of lean beef to your body.
I hope this has been inspirational, especially to the naturally-thin types. Always remember: no matter what your current level of developement – EVERYONE can grow!
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Wow, congrats to Jason, well done, and congrats to you Mark being a great influence and source to his success.
Thanks iR. Jason’s done very well indeed. He deserves the congrats.
You should tell the public how you did this. What supplementss did you take? What kind of exercises did you do? How was your diet?
Can I ask exactly what diet was pursued here?
WOW nice work man. That has to be one of the best success stories I’ve ever heard!
Hopefully Jason will drop by and answer your questions on diet. As far as workouts are concerned, he used MuscleHack THT training.
mark, thanx for putting this up you have no idea how gratefull i am. all i can say to the rest of the guys is to follow marks advice!! dieting, supplements, resting etc..
im not one to show pics of myself especially with my top off, always been thin and with my height 6ft4 a concaved chest and a really high matabolism the odds were against me. the most important thing to remember is when you want something bad enough you can get it. feel free to ask anymore questions and remember that the musclehack THT training programme is the one that works for me and listening to mark was a wise descision i made, do it and stick to it.
thanks mark, ill continue to read all the up comming blogs on this site.
I have been up to data with your news letters and website, and I have been taking your advice on your 5 days training plan.
My question is, I run with few of my colleagues at lunch time (say 3 to 4 days a week), and we cover about 4 miles. Since I started running with them, I’ve lost 6kg (i.e. from 89kg to 83kg). Now I’ve started using creatine and Whey Protein (o% carb) and I’ve gained 2 kg. Now I’m between 84-85kg. Is running 4 miles, four days a week a good idea for me bearing in mind that I crave for lean muscles as I have a bit of a man boobs.
Thanks for the feedback, and just wanted to say, great job on all the hard work. Shows if you have a good plan like Marks, and stick to it, you can get results. I’m sure you’ll be a motivator to a lot of people. Keep it up!
Awesome results Jason! Congratulations! I have the opposite problem, the spare tire instead of being skinny to start. I wish I had taken pictures at the beginning to track results. I just hope to do half as well as you.
@Sam. Quick answer is ‘No’ it isn’t i.e. it isn’t if you want to prioritize muscle gains.
Now, if you are fixed on gaining muscle and losing fat simultaneously, implement a CKD like my MANS diet with a SLIGHT caloric deficit (200 calories or so) and factor in your running too. You’ll lose fat and build muscle BUT please understand that you won’t build as muscle muscle or lose as much fat as you would had you been prioritizing one over the other.
Read this article for more…
Hope that helps,
Wow!!! This is amazing and just inspiring. Great job Jason! Imagine where you will be if you continue…
will definetly continue and keep you and mark posted, feel great and hope to put on more size,my strength is increasing slowly, just continue to increase in reps and weight each and every workout. i could barely do 12 squats with just my body weight, didnt even start off with a bar but now im on 86kg’s and hitting failure on 12 reps. the funny thing is, with the rest of my exercise’s my weights are still in the low range, chest 1st set to failure on incline DB press 12 reps and thats only 26kgs in each hand. i work out by myself in a garage with weights that are older than me, i have no distractions, i dont need ego, im in and out, no longer than 50 mins. if i were to work out in a normal gym i dont think i would be as far as i am today.
congrats jason! really nice gains you got there, btw can you please post your diet, (weekday low carb – weekends carb loads i suppose) im ectomorph as well and Im about to try THT and the MANS diet.
Hey nice work, congrats.
when it comes to my diet i eat a variety of food, i try and eat something different each new day, the only carbs i have during the day is a bowl of oats and a banana in it with my whey protein shake which is from ”solgar”. 1 tbs of codliver malt extract, 1000mgs of vit c from solgar and a mutivitamin called”one daily” from organika. on training days i take all of these again after my workout and a small meal and then go sleep for an hour to cool down. this also involves taking creatine and glutamine. while im training i mix 5 heaped teaspoons of maltidextron with glutamine and creatine. 6 meals a day and i’ll keep the weekends for carb loads and a tiny bit of junk food, pizza etc.. i dont drink alcohol at all. i had a big problem in the past with not sleeping, very light sleeper and tried all things like zma and so on but the one thing i found that works like a ”dream” is melatonin. i get a solid 8 hour sleep a night and its good quality deep sleep. google it and you will find out more benefits about it. stick to marks diet ”mans” and remember to eat a healthy variety of food. i know the info i have just given you is abit all over the place and theres lots more i could tell you when it comes to focusing while training but everything i know, mark has covered in previous posts, just read his stuff over and over like i did until you get a clear picture of what it is you need to do to get where you want to be. always think possitive, even if nothing is happening cause im a firm believer of how strong your mind is, where the mind goes the body will follow. let me know if you need anymore info.
A complete awesomeness. I’m so glad to see that there’s people out there fighting for the same stuff I do. Jason, you did an amazing job, congrats, and keep it up. Getting shivers while reading your post, looking at your pics and while writing this.
I’m also a 110% ectomorph. 8 months ago I was 58 kg on 185 cm height. That is skinny. I kept denying and delaying that I had to do something about it, I was ashamed from showing my body in whatever occasion necessary (you know the feeling). I tried to implement everything that I read on weight and muscle gain. I hit the gym somewhere in December, and since I’ve been practicing for ~5 months, some pauses because of work couldn’t be avoided, but anyway… At the time of writing this, 25th July, I’ve gained a ~7kg of lean muscle mass, weighting 65kg in total, and damn I look way better, and hell of a lot, lot more motivated. I’m taking it easy, and as Mark speaks, I’m consistent, and I’m all about reaching my goal, which is 5 more kg by the end of this year.
This only boosted up my motivation by a lot, thank you, and will be sure to report my progress. 🙂
thanx man, just keep it up and let us know how its going, it can be tough sometimes as ive had to lay off the gym now for 3 weeks all together and it hits you emotionally when you see your gains melting away, but you just need to keep on trying.. thanx.
hey mark! your knowledge of nutrition and working out is so incredible! you have inspired me so much to not give up. i was going through a phase of depression because i could not meet my goals. however, i stumbled on this website and ive been getting leaner by the day! thanks so much.