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Looking at what the science says about Eric Omondi’s impressive muscle gains

Eric Omondi broke the internet last week after debuting a new look to his fans. When people described Eric’s physical appearance in the past, words like skinny and thin predominated.

But not anymore. The comedian’s new body has been giving many female fans sleepless nights with words like buff, muscles and hunk to now describe him.

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And from before and after photos one can see that it isn’t hyperbole. The hype is well-earned. Eric, you see, used to weigh 48 kgs some 7 months ago.

That was until bosses from a local milk company challenged him to pack on more muscle, something he has since been able to accomplish. He revealed this through his Instagram page where he wrote;

So lato.milk gave me a challenge Seven months ago!!! I was only 48 KGs…Challenge was to build Mass and Muscles😊😎😎Challenge was accepted and the Journey is on!!! I am challenging myself to go further…

He still hasn’t revealed how much he weighs right now but I am willing to wager that he has gained between 10 and 15 kgs of muscle in his recent photos.

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The question is how did he do it? I know! I know! My question sounds redundant to some. He just went to the gym and ate more. True. But that is a simplistic answer.

Here’s the more in-depth one below

Eric’s body type from my scanning of his original photos is that he is an ectomorph. An ectomorph is a typical skinny guy, characterised by;

  • More narrow shoulders and hips in respect to height.
  • Relatively smaller muscles in respect to bone length.
  • Naturally fast metabolism makes it difficult for many to gain mass.

How to train for ectomorphs

Due to the numerous factors previously mentioned, most ectomorphic clients have developed bodies with highly active metabolisms and “lanky” bone structures, making it hard for them to put on mass and keep it on.

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For this reason, exercise techniques for hypertrophy and maximal strength should be prioritized, with a greatly-reduced focus on cardiorespiratory training to reduce overall energy utilization.

To accompany the mass gain-focused resistance training, ectomorphic bodies should eat a mass gain-focused diet. These individuals tend to burn through energy sources faster than most, so ample calories will be needed.

Low-carb, fat-loss focused diets are not recommended here, and in some cases, it may be prudent to recommend that ectomorphic clients even incorporate “mass gainer” nutritional shakes into their diets.

Ectomorphs need high levels of protein too. 1.2 to 1.6 grams per kilogram bodyweight of daily protein has been shown to be optimal for muscle growth, with some individuals requiring up to 2.2.

In short

  • Maximize muscle gain using lower-intensity hypertrophy and maximal strength resistance training with longer rest periods.
  • Consume a high-protein diet with balanced carbs and fats that maintains a positive energy balance.

So there you have it but I could be wrong and it was the milk Eric was drinking that made all the difference.

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