Episode 218 – Skinny Fat Solution

Episode 218 – Skinny Fat Solution

I started training at 17 years old as the skinny fat kid with moobs and a pot belly, weighing 58kg. It is the worst of both worlds – you are skinny with no muscle, and you’re not in shape. My 100m time was 17.3 seconds, so I had no strength or power either. So, you could say, I did not draw the best genetic card when it came to body composition. That being said, if it wasn’t for this, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now, because my transformation made me realise the power of physical change to be the vehicle for so much more, and it’s been my mission ever since to spread this message around the world. Being skinny fat, I’ve tried and tested every single method to find the optimal way to build a real physique that’s now competed in powerlifting, won bodybuilding shows and is in reasonably good shape year round. It has taken me over ten years of experimenting and mistakes. The good news is I’ve figured out what other skinny fat people need to do to get the body of their dreams too, and this episode covers a lot of the strategies that we use to help. If you have got ambitions to build muscle, can relate to my skinny fat story, whether you’re male or female, this one’s for you!

“Strength is a massive element for skinny fat people.”

– Akash Vaghela

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[00:00] – Intro

[03:50] – Muscle body built based on body type

[06:22] – Skinny type persons

[08:50] – Holding Bodyweight

[12:20] – High energy intake

[13:46] – Journey in your skinny fat phase

[17:00] – Genetic factors

[20:50] – Naturally-skinny fat women

[21:40] – Calorie intake and expenditure

[26:00] – 100% intensity during investment phase

[29:24] – Outcome vs journey

[33:48] – How repetitions matter

[38:35] – Realizations after getting hurt

[39:15] – Progressive overload



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Akash Vaghela is the Founder of RNT Fitness, where his mission is to see a world where everyone experiences the power of a physical body transformation to act as a vehicle for the greater good in their lives. Akash has produced 200+ blogs, 100+ videos and hosts the RNT Fitness Radio podcast, which has amassed over 110,000 downloads in 90+ countries across 100+ episodes. Alongside this, he's been seen in Men's Health, BBC, T-Nation, Elite FTS and the PTDC, while also regularly speaking nationally and internationally on all things transformation.