Best Supplements For Skinny Guys (ectomorphs)

supplements.jpgOne of the most common questions I find asked around bodybuilding forums on the web is “what supplements are the best for skinny guys?”. Supplements are much more important for skinny guys (ectomorphs) because their genetics make it harder for them to build muscle, hence the term “hard gainer”. So what are the best supplements recommended for skinny guys? Here’s our list:

Best Supplements For Skinny Guys:

  1. Weight Gainer Powders
    Weight gain products are the most important supplement for skinny guys. Muscle building is all about calories for ectomorphs, often ectomorphs need to have a higher surplus than other body types. Weight gain shakes provide a massive injection of calories and BCAAs, essential for growth.
    Best weight gainers: Prolab N-Large II, BSN Truemass & CytoSport CytoGainer
  2. Creatine
    Anyone serious about performance should be taking creatine. Creatine is not just for weight training, but a near-essential for all sports from sprinting to Bass fishing! Ectomorphs need all the extra help they can get, and creatine can help push out those extra few rep in the gym!
    Best creatine products: BSN Cellmass,any reputable creatine monohydrate
  3. Casein Protein
    Typically, skinny guys have raging metabolisms! This is one of the factors that hinders lean muscle growth. Most skinny guys will tell you that they tend to eat more often than other, even if they’re not training. Casein protein is important because it releases slowly which means (especially during the night) that your muscles don’t go hungry. Casein protein can take up to 7 hours to be completely absorbed which means a longer lasting fuel source for your muscles.
    Best casein products: ON 100% Casein Protein
  4. Dextrose/Complex Carbs
    Dextrose is much more powerful than most people give it credit for. It is the simplest all of simple carbs and is awesome for creating a huge insulin spike! Dextrose should only be taken post workout when your body needs extra insulin to move nutrients to muscles as quick as possible.
    Best dextrose products: any 100% pure dextrose
  5. EFAs
    Essential fats play a huge role in muscle building, and if you’re not getting enough you’ll eb seriously hampering your growth. Products like Udo’s Oil are perfect for bodybuilders, providing a perfect balance of omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9.
    Best EFA products: Udo’s Essential Blends

Those are the basics, the essential supplements recommended to help skinny guys build some serious muscle. Other supplements you might want to try include nitric oxide (NO2), testosterone boosters, amino acids, creatine blends and HMB.

If you have questions about supplementing for ectomorphs post in the comments below:


25 Responses to “Best Supplements For Skinny Guys (ectomorphs)”

  1. Posted by Jamie on June 11th, 2008 at 9:42 am

    Seeing as I saw you recommend Optimum 100% Whey, have you had any experience with their Brand of Weightgainer?
    Pro Complex Gainer

    The only protein powder i’ve tried is their gold standard 100%, but being an Ectomorph it didn;t hjave the calroies I need to bulk up!

    So comparisons between ON Pro Complex Gainer, and Prolab N-Large II, BSN Truemass & CytoSport CytoGainer?
    From what I can see the Gainers all have the BCAAs, Whey, and Glutamine, and Dextrose. So I can add Creatine to them to really bulk up?

    and can a weight gain supplement act as a post workout / on waking (to stop Carbolic reaction) drink? (i.e. is it fast acting enough..) Thanks!

  2. Posted by admin on June 27th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

    I checked it out, and as always, ON comes through with another quality product. It’s one (if not the) best brands on the market.

  3. Posted by David Flower on July 17th, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    So what for big guys that would like to get bigger?

  4. Posted by M.Dubey on December 19th, 2008 at 10:04 pm

    Hi, Im still ecto. I mean it took 9 months for me to increase just 2 kgs. I tried 100% whey, n Cellmass by BSN. But I found creatine best that increased by weight. 100% seems to be a wastage 4 me. I go 2 gym 3 days/week. My stamina has increased n got some cuts on the muscle with little mass in the body. Im a good sprinter but mass is little to compete with most of the athlete in long distance. Plz suggest a good stack or supplement.

  5. Posted by Dave smith on February 25th, 2009 at 7:19 am

    try maximuscle progain, i’ve found it works the best, just two scoops after a workout, it’s a bit pricey but it does a good job

  6. Posted by sunil on June 9th, 2009 at 5:05 am

    tbomb the best for skinny guys i already gained 4pounds in jus 2 weeks

  7. Posted by Thomas on October 11th, 2009 at 9:17 am

    Hiya iam 6 foot 4 weigh 12 stone. Serious about putting muscle on and have bought Creatine. Iam yet to take it though as ive got cold feet. Iam losing my hair and a side effect alot of guys have wrote on the net that they have expereinced alot of hair loss that they dont get back when using creatine. Should i be on a Whey Protein?? My undersatnding is that is for the recovery of muscles and the toning. I have no muscles to tone! Thats why i went for creatine.

  8. Posted by anirban on December 16th, 2009 at 5:09 am

    hi i m 5ft11inches tall and ma weight is just 48 kgs can u please recommend me a good body building supplement i m working out in the gym for 1 month is creatine useful for me.

  9. Posted by Dave on December 25th, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Hi im a typical ecto. I have natural muscles, but horribly skinny legs. can advice me on the best suppliment 2 take that will increase my overall body muscle without any side effects? Thnks

  10. Posted by wee on February 27th, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    hi how to put on weight for skinny body fast is take few month?
    I’m hight 176 weight 57
    muscle mass 46
    body fat mass 7.7
    I need to put on 12kg or more
    what supplement Weight Gainer Powders should i take?
    please let me know

  11. Posted by Stephen PLUNKETT on May 23rd, 2010 at 6:30 am

    Hi buddies ,

    It seems I’m not the only one fighting to get some pounds.
    Basically I’m doing it to get to another weight category in boxing (heavier) so it is vital for me.

    To encourage you folks that struggle for mass too I’d like to proudly declare I gained 18lbs in 9 months of hell hard training , my problem is that I must preserve and even improve velocity and stamina as well…

    I had to eat really more than usual and avoid ALL candy style sugars , have a protein supplementation with a mix of whey and 90 protein 2 or 3 times a day according to the harshness of training but always within the recommended ratio margin.

    Since my training went up to 3 or 4 hours a day , I had to compensate other losses as minerals ( magnesium particularly ) and help my body deal with fatigue accumulation and possible unwanted cardio-vascular effects with a daily omega 3 supplement.

    The last time I drank a coca-cola is more than 10 months ago and my diet is composed almost exclusively of spaghetti and fish ( fish releases far less toxins than meat and this helps for an optimal rest ).
    My fat ratio is between 5 and 7% of body mass ( allowed up to 10% max ).

    Well , I must confess this has been some sort of hell for me but I have a goal and this helps me not to fall again in the pizza/tv/candy/soda way of life I led before , seeing the results of such a “sacrifice” I’m going on!!!

    To conclude , I’d mention that the hardest part for us skinnies is to find the suitable training intensity and then provide the adequate rest periods , once the equation is balanced , you’ll see your body grow slowly for sure but radically!

    Truly yours.
    Stephen P.

  12. Posted by wilson on August 31st, 2010 at 8:17 pm

    hi i m type of ecto. And my hight is 180 cm weight 130lbs, which supplement should i take? (weight gainer or whey protein or other else)
    please let me know …look forward to your reply.

  13. Posted by Firefighter1423 on September 3rd, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I’m sorry to say but a lot of you guys are wasting time and money on supplements. Some are good for what they’re worth. These supplements can damage your liver being that organ has to process and break down those products.
    Do more research on weight gain for skinny guys and you’ll find it worth while. The key things are proper nutrition, muscle confusion, and plenty of rest. Don’t spend hours in the gym trying to bulk up. 30 min or so…train hard and go home. I can’t stress the rest part enough. Good luck to you all.

  14. Posted by johnny on May 16th, 2011 at 9:07 am

    hey im 6’3 208, very athletic!! Im very strong and have completed insanity for cardio, but i still cant see my abs. i have a really strong core, but i cant see my abs the way i want to see them. Im always hungry at night when im trying to go to sleep, i think im not eating enuf, and the result is my fat stays and my muscles are eating away. could this be true?

  15. Posted by rob fuentes on June 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am


  16. Posted by manas on July 7th, 2011 at 3:02 am

    hi, i am manas i am this guy i want to build muscle and gain weight so please suggest me with protein powder and how to use that , for which i will be great ful to you (please answer me through mail)

  17. Posted by Luis on July 14th, 2011 at 8:05 pm

    So do we have to take all of those supplements?

  18. Posted by scott- pro mma fighter. on August 2nd, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Hi im scott out of all of the supplements above there is really only one that has worked for me. at the start of the year i was around 64kg in weight and i tried so hard to bulk and unfortunetly burst a hole in my wallet buying all different types of suplements and for an mma fighter you need to bulk and control weight. i found online a supplement called “sci OMNI MX Hardcore ” i have gained weight and muscle mass in 3 weeks and i havent stopped using the shakes since also add in creatine into the shake because its so easily mixed with anything im not some scientist trying to promote the product im just trying to help guys put on muscle and weight because i know how hard it is when an ectomorph trains there really is no better saying than NO PAIN NO GAIN eat more , train harder and heavier in weights and rest enough !!

  19. Posted by Jim on August 7th, 2011 at 3:45 am

    Hey I’m in afghanistan trying to gain weight and get bigger. what is the routine for these supplements you’ve posted I purchased them. It was all relatively cheap too, even for the largest of each product. I’m just not sure when to take it all. Can you email me a routine please, Thanks!

  20. Posted by maths on December 27th, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    i recommand myofusion is the best wright nw btw breat tasting

  21. Posted by thato on December 29th, 2011 at 7:22 am

    im a size 50(kg)16 yrs old and i started using muscle fuel sts will it help me?if not what should i use

  22. Posted by Moe on January 21st, 2012 at 11:41 pm

    I think by the combo for skinny boys like I was once is


    2:MUTANT Mass. Weigh gainer 1065cal
    With 1%milk a woooping 1400cal

    3:Con Crete creatine
    the most potent in the world

    All of these will proper SLEEP in nutrition and work outs will get
    massive gains….

  23. Posted by Moe on January 21st, 2012 at 11:45 pm

    Oh ya do not forget


  24. Posted by Andrew on February 18th, 2012 at 10:50 am

    What about serious mass

  25. Posted by sammy riz on February 17th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Long time lifter and have taken creatine off and on for the past 10 years. Ive tried numerous brands, monohydrate and CEE, both in pill and powder forms. Decided to go back to the basics with the Dr Max Powers Creatine 3X. I’m loyal to their brand, and wanted to get back on creatine again but not break the bank with some of the products out there.

    I’ve gone through two bottles of the Dr Max creatine 3X. Love it. You have to load for a couple of days when you’re first starting, but after that minor inconvenience the results show. Noticed a clear fuller effect in muscle tone and strength improvement.

    Definitely recommended!

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