Ever since I joined the dirty muscle game, I’ve been hearing a multitude of nonsensical claims in reference to ectomorphs fighting gravity. Luckily, I’m about to destroy the majestic stupidity spread by the mainstream megaphones. Unlike them, I won’t waste your time with politically correct low IQ concepts based on malignant and unnaturally positive philosophies.
Here’s the deal: ectomorphs cannot get big naturally because our bones are incredibly slim and often in the company of extra-short muscle bellies at places crucial to the acquisition of a fuller look. Another trait that sometimes accompanies “ectomorphism” is low testosterone.
When you combine those three elements (bone thickness, muscle length and unfavorable bodily chemistry), you get an ecto desperately scrolling through endless search results in the middle of the night, hoping to discover a routine that will turn him into a muscular beast.
Let me save you the trouble – the mystic program that you are searching for does not exist and never will. I know because I’ve done the same research for more years than I care to remember. Nonetheless, an ectomorph can get ripped and build jealousy-triggering strength in some lifts.
This is a savage statement but valid nonetheless. It’s better to learn the truth now than waste decades banging your head against the wall for nothing in return.
Why are bones so important?
Bones are not important. They are essential and determine a large percentage of our physical existence. Brad Pitt wouldn’t be Brad Pitt without the shape of his skull. Michael Jordan wouldn’t be Michael Jordan if he was 5’4” tall.
Bones have a tremendous influence on muscular growth too. Larger skeletons equal bigger muscles by d-e-f-a-u-l-t. A man with 7.5-inch wrists will naturally have bigger arms than someone like me with 6.25-inch wrists.
To illustrate this point with barbarian simplicity, I want you to search for images of female volleyball and basketball players. Of course, do it after finishing this awesome article. What you’ll see is that those women are quite big even by male standards. They owe their size to bones. A woman with a large skeleton can easily dwarf a dude with a fragile and modest structure.
This dependence is at place because larger bones need more muscle mass to operate properly. If you put the natural muscles of a man with a small frame on a robust brah, you will short the skeletomuscular system of the big bro. A massive car needs a massive engine. Consequently, people with otherworldly skeletons receive large muscle fibers in the “basic package” whereas ectomorphs like us have to cope with less.
Note: The above is not debatable. It’s an axiom as omnipresent as gravity.
Why Do Muscle Bellies Matter?
A long muscle has a higher growth potential right from the start because it contains more fibers (cadets) that can later graduate to generals.
Moreover, lengthier muscles do not come with “pre-joint” gaps. They insert nicely into the joint and give you a full, powerful appearance. Meanwhile, short muscles are married to long tendons resulting in a scrawnier appearance.
This remains true even in the presence of steroids. Compare the arms of Sergio Oliva to those of King Kamali, and you’ll know what I mean.
According to my observations, many ectomorphs have short muscle bellies at the following locations: biceps, hamstrings, calves, forearms. Subsequently, those body parts are severely lagging.
Why does bodily chemistry matter?
If you have been reading nattyornot.com (an amazing site) for a while, you probably know that I am not a huge fan of natural testosterone boosting when the goal is extra muscular development. The motif behind this reasoning is that a man’s testosterone baseline has to increase monumentally to elicit additional muscle synthesis. Herbs and food cannot do that. Most of the benefits that you get from optimizing your testosterone levels naturally are outside of the muscle construction spectrum.
Nonetheless, having an optimal testosterone chart is a highly desirable condition as it fuels you with energy to attack the gym and life in general. However, no amount of natural testosterone optimization will ever compensate for a small skeleton. Hence why I put this factor last.
Do Ectomorphs Have the Worst Body Type for Bodybuilding?
If we’re strictly talking about natural bodybuilding, ectomorphs are just not built for it. I don’t care what the positive thinkers say. That’s the truth.
Be careful, though. Many muscle scholars will try to brainwash you. They will tell you that small joints create the illusion of bigger muscles thanks to a contrast, but they will gladly omit crucial details from their reports such as the fact that the popular lifters used as examples have been injecting a pharmacy of steroids straight into the glutes for years.
In simpler terms, ectomorphs who inject may indeed gain extra points for their small joints, but naturals don’t enjoy that luxury.
Nonetheless, I wouldn’t say that ectomorphs have the worst body type. Sometimes, it’s better to be a skinny ecto than a natural-born permabulker [endomorph].
One thing is certain, though – ectos have the hardest time filling their clothes naturally.
Are the Myths About Ectomorphs True?
No, they aren’t. Most people who try to educate you on the topic have no idea what they are talking about.
For some reason, the industry keeps presenting ectomorphs as humans with turbine-like metabolisms. They say that ectomorphs need a colossal number of calories to sustain themselves. That’s the biggest lie ever told. I’ve been an ectomorph before many of you were even born. When I up the calories, I always get fat.
Yet people keep telling me about some mythical ectomoprhs who evaporate into the nothingness unless they consume 5,000 calories every day. Those specimens exist only in fairy tales and the corroded minds of the unaware.
Contrary to popular opinion, ectomorphs shouldn’t bulk up as this is the fastest path to becoming a skinny-fat brah – a condition in which you are simultaneously underweight and overweight due to a severe lack of muscle and a fairly high body fat. And yet the specialists never stop telling us to “just eat more”.
If you’re yearning to acquire the shape of a potato with sticks stabbed into it, be my guest – bulk up, brah.
Do Ectomorphs Struggle to Build Muscle?
Here’s another revelation – ectomorphs do not struggle to build muscle on top of their natural base any more than the other somatotypes. The sad truth is that all men have a hard time getting buff.
The difference in this case is that ectomorphs are just naturally smaller due to their thin frames whereas mesomorphs and endomorphs are larger without lifting – an advantage leading them to the wrong conclusion that they respond better to training when they are actually bigger due to a thicker bone mass.
At the end of the day, the amount of muscle that endos and mesos gain through natural training is not as high as they think.
Can ectomorphs get ripped?
Yes. Any healthy man willing to diet long enough can unmask his six-pack abs. Ectos are not excluded from this rule. The catch is that you may have to consume significantly smaller quantities of food than the commercials for ectos advise.
Can ectomorphs build sick strength?
It depends on the lift. In general, we suck at pushing exercises like the bench because we lack thickness and tend to have longer limbs, although that’s not technically a requirement to classify as an ectomorph.
Out of the classic movements, the deadlift is the one that favors the ectomorph body structure the most.
With persistent effort, ectomorphs can obtain some serious strength. When you combine it with the typical gazelle-like appearance of an ecto, you have a recipe for a guy who is significantly stronger than he looks.
Nevertheless, ectomorphs are not designed to be powerlifters even though there are exceptions.
How Should Ectomorphs Train and Eat to Build Bigger Muscles
Many stupid sites will fill your already tormented head with recipes and unnecessarily complicated routines based on broscience. Back in the day, I read that ectomorphs shouldn’t lift longer than 45 minutes. Why? What happens to an ectomorph after that time frame? Do we melt? Of course not.
Ignore those politically correct idiots. There aren’t lifting blueprints that can reverse ectomorphism. If you want to train with a higher volume do so. If you prefer more intensity, choose that route. As long as there’s stimulation, it doesn’t matter. People who claim to know a secret hack that will get you out of the ecto cage naturally are either unaware or have an incentive to pull you into their vortex of illusions
Am I wrong or not? I guess we’ll all learn soon enough.