3 Tips to Help Skinny Runners Build Lean Muscle

The 3 Muscle Building Essentials To Help Skinny Runners Gain Lean Mass Without Bulking Up or Slowing Down

muscle for runners - muscular runner (male)So, you’re a runner and you want to build some muscle, but you don’t want to end up looking like the Incredible Hulk. And you’re not afraid of short shorts, but you’re not planning on stepping out on stage in a Speedo anytime soon. I get it. You want go muscle, not show muscle. You want to build some lean mass, but you don’t want to “bulk up” and slow yourself down.

The good news is that it can certainly be done. The bad news is that it won’t be easy, but that’s never stopped you before, has it?

Oh, by the way, if you’re looking for a secret or “1 weird trick” to help runners build muscle, you won’t find it here. There is no magic or miracles to building muscle. It takes the combination of a few key factors, a lot of trial and error, and a lot of hard work.

Before we get to the “how to” stuff, let’s dispel a common myth.

Myth: distance runners cannot build muscle.

Truth: building muscle is very hard for anyone, and doing it on top of a strenuous running program is even harder. But it is possible, and with the right approach, you can start to get results immediately – regardless of who you are.

Note: it will be more difficult for females who have lower testosterone levels (among other things) and older runners whose recovery needs are greater (among other things). But it’s still possible for any runner to build lean muscle!

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How to Actually Get the Body of a Spartan Warrior

7 Simple Steps to Get the Body of an Ancient Spartan Warrior

Ever since the movie 300 came out, I’ve run across a lot of resources on how to become a Spartan warrior. Since then, there have been many popular 300 workout routines, Spartan warrior training tips – Spartan this, Spartan that. You […]

25 Things The Spartan Warriors Didn’t Need To Get Fit And Prepare For War

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The ancient Spartans didn’t have such valuable resources like smart phones, fitness trackers, or fancy exercise equipment. Nor did they have the scientific research on human anatomy, physiology, bio-mechanics, and performance enhancement that we do today. Or, the Internet, for that matter.

In fact, there were a lot of things the Spartans did […]

33 Things The Best Athletes Do That You Probably Don’t

Are you going to be a winner or a loser? Photo credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nathaninsandiego/15229173247

There are two kinds of people in the world of fitness and athletics: those who succeed and those who don’t, the winners and losers, the achievers and the wannabes. And you can usually spot them from a mile away. Here […]

You Can Lead a Horse to the Gym, But You Can’t Make Him Workout

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As a fitness coach, there’s only so much I can do to help my clients. I can tell them what to do and why it’s important. I can provide an effective plan and strategy that will help them achieve their goals. I can help them narrow down the most important things to focus on. I can help them work through difficult issues that could be hindering them. I can help elicit temporary feelings of motivation. I can help them learn how to be their own coach. And there are many other things that a coach, teacher, or trainer can do to help their clients.

Unfortunately, I can’t do the work for them. No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.” Well, that metaphor is true for a lot of things, and the pursuit of physical fitness is one of them.
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