Skinny Guy Builds Muscle (HIS STORY!)

Skinny Guy Builds Muscle (HIS STORY!)


JESSE: What’s up, guys? Jesse Laico, ATHLEANX.com. Now, I know you’re expecting someone with
a lot bigger muscles and a lot less facial hair, but let’s be real. Jeff wishes he could grow facial hair like
this. Now, you guys have been asking about my progress
and I figured I’d give you an update on my struggles and also my successes. But first things first. I have to say ‘thank you’ because as I revealed
a little while ago, in a video, I’ve been going through some struggles with post-concussion
syndrome through a lot of head trauma over the last couple of years. You guys have been asking “How is Jesse doing?” Not in terms of my progress and training,
but in terms of how I’m doing health-wise. That means a lot to me. Guys, I even went on the Love Your Brain website
and saw the donations made in my name. You have no idea what that means to me. I even told Jeff “These guys are the best. Team ATHLEAN, the guys that follow ATHELANX;
there’s no better community.” I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart
for all the support you’ve shown me, and it’s been unbelievable. Really. Honestly. So, with all that you guys have done for me,
I think there’s hopefully a little bit of something I can do for you. I’d like to do that by sharing me and my personal
experience. I know we all have different goals and we’re
all on different journeys, but I’m hoping that you guys hearing what I’m doing well
at and what I’m struggling with, as I mentioned before, is going to be helpful for you at
some point, on some level. We’re all in this together. With that being said, I don’t know if I’m
supposed to be flying solo on these videos and Jeff is getting back soon. So, it’s always easier to ask for forgiveness
than permission, in my experience. So, let’s jump into this really quickly. I want to start with the beginning where,
at 130lbs when I got serious with this, walking to a gym, and putting 10lb plates on each
side of the bar. Do you have any idea what kind of embarrassment
that is like? I’m sure some of you do. Some of you walk into a gym and you’re like
“God, these guys are squatting 500lbs and I’m here with the bar.” I realized – I stopped giving a shit. I realized that we all start somewhere. We all go through a process, and we’ve all
got to start somewhere. Not only that, but at 130lbs, taking that
bar and putting it on my back, especially with my bad posture; call me a pussy if you
want, but it hurt. Thankfully this gym is relatively empty, so
I didn’t have to worry too much about people looking at me, but it was – again, forgetting
about that embarrassment and going through the process. Learning how to do the lifts the right way. I’ve seen so much progress. Not just in the numbers, but also my control
of the bar. Guys, here’s me doing a squat that’s nearly
double my bodyweight and I’m in complete control at the bottom, I come up with good bar path,
my knees aren’t caving in, and I’m certainly not ‘good morning’ing’ the bar up. We know if you’re doing any of those, you’re
not strong enough to lift that weight. You need to move weight that you can actually
move. I’ve found myself getting gains I never would
have seen before. Coming from the skinny guy, to all skinny
guys out there, the one spot that we’re always looking at is our legs. That’s the one thing we’re always most concerned
about. I’ve found that my legs are probably where
I’m getting the most gains. I want to talk to you about that next. So, while I’m not Tom Platz, I will say this:
I have made some serious gains on my legs. Guys, here’s me at the beginning before any
training started. And then here’s me, now. I’ve put on about 3″ or 4″ on my legs. It’s pretty significant for a skinny guy like
me. For skinny guys out there, you guys would
know. If you could see 3″ or 4″ on your legs, it’s
a huge difference. Trust me, I know how embarrassing it is to
have skinny legs. I used to get made fun of on the lacrosse
field every, single time I stepped out there. They used to say I have three sticks. One in my hand and two hanging out of my shorts. But I found that going at my own pace has
been good because my headaches aren’t coming back. Could I maybe have upped the weight a little
bit faster? Guys, I went at this my own, slow pace and
I find that okay. As I’ve told you guys before, being in control
of the weight like I showed you with the squat has been huge. It’s not only carried over to my legs, but
it’s carried over to all my lifts. My overhead press has gone up. My bench has gone up. My row. I’m looking to add a second plate to my weighted
chins. Who would have thought? And it’s adding size to my arms, my shoulders,
my chest; it’s adding size everywhere. But could I have been making a little more
progress a little quicker? Yes, and I’m going to admit why I think some
of those gains were held back for two reasons. The first one I want to talk about next. When it comes to my nutrition, I’ve got a
little bit of good news and a little bit of bad news. The good news is that I’ve pretty much cut
all the shit out. I can’t remember the last time I ate a gummy
bear and I really don’t eat sweets that often. I’ve really been focusing on eating quality,
nutritious food. The bad news is, even having done that, I’m
finding it very difficult to add more calories during the day and eating more. I know that some of you bigger guys out there
are going to say “Oh, what the hell, Jesse? Adding food is the easiest thing in the world. Cutting food is the hardest!” For smaller guys like me, I’m going to disagree
with you. The hardest part is to add food. Especially knowing how much we’re adding. I’ve fallen into the same trap before. A lot of skinny guys are thinking they’re
eating a ton. “Oh, I had so much food today.” Well, if you write down what it is that you
ate, you’ll find out you really weren’t eating that much, or as much as you thought you were. You thought you were eating like a beast. You’re eating like a bird. That’s something I still struggle with. So that’s why it’s been something I’m working
on daily. Another little thing that I have to admit,
which I think is holding me back a little bit when it comes to eating more, is growing
up a skinny kid I didn’t really have muscles or anything like that to show off. But I did have one thing. That was the 8-pack. That’s something Jeff is still jealous of,
but the point is I’m trying to wrap my head around the idea that while my abs may not
be as visible, or as defined as I put on more weight, it’s okay. It’s trying to find the right balance between
size and also definition. I’ve found that by slowly increasing the amount
of food I’m taking in each day, I’ve been finding more success. It’s the same thing with adding weight to
the bar. If you try to add weight to the bar too quickly,
you’re not going to succeed. You’re going to fail. So, if I go in through a slower process, you’re
going to see gains. I think that’s something I’m learning as I
go and I’m trying to implement into my daily life. So, there you have it, guys. Hopefully you’ve found this video helpful. JEFF: Jesse! JESSE: What’s up? JEFF: What’s going on? JESSE: Just about done with the video. JEFF: Which video? JESSE: This video, that I just shot. JEFF: The YouTube video? JESSE: Yes, the YouTube video. JEFF: You did it on your own? JESSE: On my own. We’re just about to shoot the outro. JEFF: Could I at least do the outro? JESSE: Dude, the outro is the easiest part. I can do the outro. So, leave your thumbs up and comments below. Don’t forget to subscribe and turn on your
notifications. What else am I missing? Oh! ATHLEANX programs are over at ATHLEANX.com. Leave a comment and let us know what you want
to see in the future, and we’ll be back here again soon. Did I get all of it? JEFF: You kind of did, actually. JESSE: Yeah. It’s that easy. I told you I could do it. JEFF: Congratulations on your first video,
Jesse. JESSE: Thanks. I’ll let you know if they want you back next
week or if they’re still sticking with me.

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  2. Ive been killing myself at the gym 6 days a week often riding my bike at night or doing the 6 pack shuffle at night, and I still for the life of me cant get this last bit of fat off my belly and that's all i really care about! I was 250 at 6.2" and now I am roughly 195 more built, strong, and healthier but I am still bummed about my belly area! I know nutrition is the main thing here I have stuck to a pretty strict sub 30-40 carb a day nutrition plan for months now and I seem to have flat lined in progress. I have cheated here or there on some days but I am mostly consistent!

    Listening to your different types of struggle that seem even harder than mine gives me hope! We all have different struggles and some perceptive is eye opening! Thanks!

  3. Just do drugs and you're good. (more or less everytime you see someone with super visable muscle).I don't think it is achievable for anyone.

  4. 5'11". 135-140lbs for about 13 years……..sick of being scrawny.

    Jesse, your videos have been inspirational. One of the hardest things is adding food to the diet, but I'm trying. I'm starting week 2 so….hopefully in a few months, I'll have some noticeable results.

    Props on the gains, you've given me hope and a glimpse at what I could be achieving.

  5. I'm moving out in a couple months and have to cook food myself. Do you guys have any good meals for gains?

  6. I only wish there was this video when I was younger, instead I went to the school of hard Knox, thank you very much for this video, so many skinny guys NEED this advice, your bravery will be contagious to them

  7. Idk where all of you are from but where I'm from you'll get respect if you'r fat/old/skinney and start working out

    Men will go on and say "nice work" or "keep goin boy"

  8. Thanks jesse! You really inspire me to push through with eating more. I haven't been hungry in over 2 months, but it's pretty hard feeling full constantly. Gained 4 kg though 😉

  9. Jesse has pulled a 180, I mean yea his athleticism, but mainly his confidence and persona. Dude dead ass used to murderously stare at the camera for 15 minutes and only say one sentence. We're f^%*#ing proud of you man

  10. Impressive progress. Does Jeff train you? If so definitely jealous that you have Jeff as a coach just starting out. I bet you turn into a monster.

  11. Thats amazing man, I started as 130 as well 2 years ago now I'm 150 but I think thats my limit cause i'm only 5'6.5

  12. You are so inspiring, Jesse! You look great and I can tell that your confidence is so much higher than at the beginning of your journey.

  13. It’s always good to hear a story from someone who was skinny, I’ve made a video of my first workout if anyone wants to give me tips ! I will be posting my journey. any kind of support helps I’m tired of being skinny 🙏🏻

  14. After cutting for a long time, I bumped up my calories a little (still in a deficit) and some days it is hard to get those extra calories in once your stomach has shrunk down, especially if i skip breakfast. I could easily make them up with junk food or beer, but it's a bit harder to force down grilled chicken or a yogurt when you don't really want it.

  15. I have a pretty big upper body. My biceps are my genetic gift. I have a genetic defect in both my feet that limits mobility, because of this issue my calves don't really develop the inside part of the leg. I have very skinny legs because of this regardless of never skipping leg day. All i ask is that before you be critical of someones physical appearance maybe consider that they may actually be enduring great physical pain to train what very little they have control over.

  16. Wow. This is probably the most inspiring of the fitness videos. I get tired of unrealistic role models on some youtube channels. I appreciate the Jessie factor here. Down to earth and someone I can relate to .

  17. Make a homemake protein shake Jessie! Two cups uncooked oatmeal. 2 table spoons flaxseed oil. 2/3 cup egg whites, half a cup of blueberries. 1 cup almond milk. 1 tablespoon of chia seeds. A banana, 1 scoop of protein powder. That’s 1500 calories right there 😁 I wouldn’t have all the extra shit added but I can’t have dairy or peanut butter, you guys have it easy.

  18. i started working out at 15 years old at 16 i can curl 40 KG 5 times i weigh 55 KG at
    5 foot 5..lul
    im trying to get a good physic too i was born with an 8 pack kinda cool

  19. Jesse, I’m glad I found this video. Although I’m older than you, I have always had those same issues with being skinny fat (more so in the midsection than I would like, but that’s why I got one of the workout programs recently) and also with being insecure in the gym. I still have issues with that even though I’m 38 and don’t give a shit what people think on a regular basis. I’m 6’1” and about 190 right now, and I’m hoping that after the program I will be down to 180ish with some added muscle and body fat down a bit. Your video is going to help me a lot when it comes to going to the local gym and working out around guys that lift a lot more than I do. Keep up the good work fellas.

  20. Thank you this helped me alot im a super verry skinny guy and i struggle alot with my body. People call me u look like a fucking skeleton with skin..when are you gonna gain weight? For fuck sake your hands are small and thin… my grandma could break your hands… why are you so skinny even tho you eat 2 times more than me??? Wtf u look like a pile of sticks… eat more… eww wtf that dude is so skinny hes a stick figuire he barely got any flesh….. why the fuck would anyone think hes any close to attractive unless they want sticks for breakfest… i overheard this one but all others were told face to face or when we were in a group and suddenly embarass me.

  21. Oh man you guys are the best hilarious! I love you guys jess you're looking great you're awesome. Jeff thank you for everything you guys have a lot of heart.

  22. Skinny guy here. So far have only gained 9 pounds starting at 136 and I can confirm that eating is definitely the hardest part.

  23. Jesse you’re a great guy but stop fucking complaining saying you were “super skinny”. 5’10” maybe 135 lbs Go start is way better than where I’m at stuck at home because my mom doesn’t want me sacrificing school time for workout time

  24. Regarding nutrition, I love soda and lemonade (and limeade) especially and I work third shift at a grocery store.

    So when I watch the cashier's breaks I'm bored and like "oh, I could really go for a king size Snickers and a Mexican coke (real sugar)"

    Luckily I also really like unsweetened tea (it's how my Grandmother made it, so that's how I got used to it) and we sell that plus it's real easy to make at the house.

    I do drink a lot of water.

    Foodwise I love sour and fruit flavored candy (jelly belly jelly beans, starburst jelly beans-especially the sour ones, Skittles) and I straight can't buy Oreos or cheese it's because if I'm not laser focused on what I'm doing I'll eat the entire box, so I just straight avoid them.

  25. And regarding food, I can eat a whole large pizza by myself, but I'd struggle eating more than one ribeye.

    I can eat a lot of fried chicken, but not as much baked or grilled chicken.

    There aren't many vegetables I dislike (except okra. Yes I've had it fried, it still feels like oysters in my mouth)

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