A bodybuilder shared his skinny to muscle body transformation

In a new video on his YouTube channel, bodybuilder and fitness influencer Will Tennyson shares the training and nutrition advice he’s found most helpful on his quest to build muscle and go from skinny to jacked. “It’s sad, but it’s true, it’s 80 percent diet, 20 percent exercise,” he says.

Tennyson’s first tip is to include a variety of proteins in your diet if you haven’t already, including eggs, quick-cooked steaks, Greek yogurt, fish, turkey sausage, and cheese. “It used to be almost exclusively chicken and turkey breast,” he says. “The more red meat I eat, the more I notice changes in my body composition.”

He then shows how to make a macro-friendly breakfast burrito with egg whites, turkey sausage, and avocado. And that leads to his second point: Whatever your daily calorie count, eat it spread out throughout the day. “I used to be so obsessed with keeping calories down during the day, going super low in fat, and saving all my calories for the night,” he says. “I felt like shit during the day, all I wanted to do was binge, so personally I’ve found that the more evenly I spread my calories throughout the day, the less I wanted to binge and the better my workout was. You don’t have to eat a massive meal, but spread it out a little more evenly, don’t save everything for the night, and you’ll notice some performance gains.

Coming to the training advice, Tennyson explains that as he learned more and more about what worked for him personally, he gave up the barbell squat entirely in favor of the squat. “You can add volume to your quads and get close to failure without worrying about risking injury, especially in the lower back,” he says. Similarly, he adds that he prefers the Smith machine bench press to the traditional bar version.

With his one-arm rows, Tennyson likes to make the most of the negative portion of the rep by performing a deadstop variation and landing the barbell on the floor at the bottom of the movement to aggravate the concentric movement and maximize the stretch reflex.

While he takes many supplements to support his gains, Tennyson really only recommends creatine monohydrate. “A lot of people who use it don’t even notice a difference, but try coming off it,” he says.

Finally, Tennyson advises keeping an eye on your cardio. In addition to his 10,000 steps a day, he incorporates rowing into his routine. “The last thing you want to do in the gym is fail that lift because of your heart, not the actual muscle you’re working,” he says. “I find that if I’m just doing 20 minutes a day, not that much, when I get to later parts of my workout and later parts of my sets, I can stick with it much longer, hence more volume and more muscle growth.”

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