Living Large: The Skinny Guy's Guide to No-Nonsense Muscle Building

Living Large: The Skinny Guy's Guide to No-Nonsense Muscle Building

by Vince Del Monte


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SKINNY GUYS! If you’ve ever wanted to quickly build 30 pounds of rock-solid, shredded muscle without dangerous bodybuilding drugs, expensive supplements, and long hours in the gym—if you’ve ever wanted to Live Large—start reading immediately.

Let’s face it: You’re tired. Tired of filling your body with bogus supplements that only give you the most expensive pee in town. Tired of busting your ass in the gym six days a week, only to find you’re the same size you were last month and the other guys are twice as big. Tired of all the conflicting and mind-numbingly complex advice floating around in cyberspace.

Before professional fitness model Vince Del Monte became The Skinny Guy Savior, he was known as Skinny Vinny—scrawny and weak. As a “hardgainer,” he experienced firsthand the challenges of bulking up and had a difficult time putting on muscle. But with his success in developing an enviably ripped physique—and helping many others do the same with his No-Nonsense Muscle Building and Maximize Your Muscle programs—Del Monte has proved even “hardgainers” can build an awe-inspiring body. You too can have the body of your dreams when you stop listening to false advice and learn the truth about gaining weight and building lean muscle mass—the smarter way!

In Living Large, Del Monte shares his foolproof, no-nonsense plan for insane muscle gain. His revolutionary program primes your body and mind to pack on your first 30 pounds of muscle in only 30 weeks, with minimal gym time. He even includes customized, easy-to-follow meal plans to optimally fuel your specific body type, whether you’re ultra-skinny or starting off a little chubby.

In Living Large, you’ll find:
- 5 essential training principles to gain your first 30 pounds of pure muscle
- 5 muscle-building enemies you must avoid
- Mass and shred meal plans at every calorie level
- 14 simple, no-nonsense nutrition principles
- The ultimate exercise execution demonstration guide
- 4 supplements that actually work

Don’t waste hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars with no results. Stop limiting yourself and start Living Large.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941631829
Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
Publication date: 10/18/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 645,591
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Fitness guru Vince Del Monte been coined "The Skinny Guy Savior." He earned this name by dedicating his life to transforming the lives of the skinny, scrawny guys, as well as skinny girls, and helping them become healthier, fitter, and more confident in their bodies. His students transform themselves to "Live better, Look better, & Know better!" Vince has transformed thousands of lives with a perfect mix of encouragement, humor, no BS, inspiration and fun with his popular bestselling "No-Nonsense Muscle Building" system.

Vince was the poster boy of the "I can’t gain weight or get the girl" story. He became known as "Skinny Vinny." He was 140-150 pounds at 6 feet tall, and the nickname stuck with him all through college. He tried everything to gain weight any way he could, never surpassing 149 lbs, dripping wet.

Vince received an Honors Kinesiology degree from the University of Western Ontario. After college, he found a mentor who “told him to burn all of his fitness magazines and stop wasting money on supplements to gain weight.” Vince’s life started to change. He gained some weight, developed toned muscles, and then met the girl of his dreams—now his wife!

Vince is also an award-winning WBFF Professional Fitness Model and enjoys the natural bodybuilding and fitness lifestyle. He continues to practice what he preaches to challenge himself and inspire his readers.

Table of Contents


Part 1: Muscle Misinformation: The Five Muscle Building Enemies You Must Avoid
Naysayers: How to Deal With Them
Body Building Magazines: Why I Tossed Mine In The Garbage
Personal Trainers Who Are More About Sales Than Size
Superhumans and the Juiced-Up Body Builder
Gizmos and Gadgets

Part 2: How to Lose theTop Five B.S. Excuses For Not Gaining Muscle
Cut the “I Don’t Have Great Genetics” Crap
Quit Saying, “I Don’t Have Enough Money”
Drop the “I Don’t Have a Lot of Time” Speech
No more, “I’m Too _______” (Insert Your Limiting Belief Here)

Part 3: Use Your Brain to Add Brawn: Seven Key Mind-Set Strategies
Chapter Set Goals in HD
Shrink the Change
Focus on Habits, Not Outcomes
Slow Equals Fast
View Weaknesses As Strengths
Let Go of “I Know”
Belief Is Better Than Steroids

Part 4: Five Essential Training Principles to Gain Your First 30 Pounds of Pure Muscle
Get Lean to Get Big
The Importance of Tracking Something: Know Your Critical Numbers
The Top Four Ways to Measure Your Body Fat Percentage
Track Your Progress Slideshow Fashion
Introducing DTS Training: A Science-based Approach to Defeating Your Skinny Guy Genetics. . . Forever!
Micro-Progression: The Smarter and Safer Way to Constant and Never-Ending Improvement
The Suntan Analogy: The Key to Muscle Growth

Part 5: Mass Mechanics: Unlocking The Principles of Ownership, Respect and Disadvantages for Immediate Gains
Mass Mechanics Principle #1: The Principle of Ownership
Mass Mechanics Principle #2: The Principle of Respect
Mass Mechanics Principle #3: The Principle of Disadvantages

Part 6: The Ultimate30-Week, Zero Guesswork Muscle Building Program
Phase One
Phase Two
Phase Three

Part 7: The Exercise Execution Demonstration Guide Don't Do Another Rep Without These Max Contraction Cues

Part 8: Five Rituals To Rapid Recovery
Recovery Ritual #1: Contrast Baths and Showers
Recovery Ritual #2: Massage
Recovery Ritual #3: Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)
Recovery Ritual #4: Handling Stress
Recovery Ritual #5: Sleep

Part 9: Fourteen Simple, No-Nonsense Nutrition Principles to Gain Your First 30 Pounds of Pure Muscle
The Nutritional Hierarchy of Muscle Growth (and Fat Loss)
Choose Your Goal: Don’t Chase Two Rabbits at Once.
Calories and Macronutrients: Setting Your Best Targets (without Complicated Formulas)
Protein: The Body’s Most Important Building Block
Fat: The Key to Optimal Testosterone Production and Sex Drive
Carbs: You Need to Earn Them! Hydrate to Look Fuller and Stay Stronger
Establish a Regular Meal Cadence
How to Use “Treat Meals” to Bulk Your Muscles, Not Your Belly
Alcohol: You Booze, You Lose?
Consistency: The “Best Diet” Is the One That You Follow
The Devil Is in the Dose, Never in the Food Itself
Arm Yourself with the Only Kitchen Tools You Need
Invest in Cooking Lessons and Cook Like a Pro

Part 10: The Done-For-You Mass and Shred Meal Plans
Training Day: Mass Phase Meal PlansNon-training Day: Mass Phase Meal Plans
Training Day: Shred Phase Meal PlansNon-training Day: Shred Phase Meal Plans

Part 11: Supplements That Actually Work (Don't Worry, This Part Is Short)
Do You Earn the Right to Take Supplements?
How to Build More Muscle with Less Protein
The War in Your Gut: Are You Losing?
Protein Powders: Whey Is Not the Only Way
Carbohydrate Powder: The Ultimate Muscle-Building Solution

Part 12: A No Nonsense Guide for Living Large Outside of the Gym
Build Muscle to Serve, Not to Be Served
Take Massive Action (Don’t Just Think or Talk About It)
Avoid Broken FocusGet Blood in the Game
Recognize the Gym Is a Metaphor for Life


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