If you don’t know who Taylor Lautner is, he is a Hollywood actor who rose to prominence in the movie Twilight for his lean and ripped body.

In fact, if you watched the movie (waste of time I admit), you probably won’t believe that he was just a skinny kid 9 months ago!

Within these 9 months, he managed to bulk up and gained 30lbs of muscles! What are his hardgainer workout secrets?

Hardgainer Workout Secret 1 – Nutrition

“The hardest thing for me was the eating. At one point I had to shove as much food in my body as possible to pack on calories. My trainer wanted me to do six meals a day and not go two hours without eating. If I would cheat on eating one day, I could tell, I’d drop a few pounds,”                                                                       – Taylor Lautner

That’s how important eating is. Without proper nutrition, no hardgainer workout is going to get you results.

You can start with how to gain weight for ectomorphs.


Hardgainer Workout Secret 2 – Workout Principles

These are the principles behind Taylor Lautner’s workout routine.

1. Progressive overload and above threshold

To grow large, your body needs to become comfortable with heavy loads. “That’s why I had Taylor ‘taste’ a much heavier weight.                                          – Leonard Yuam (his personal trainer)

To go above your threshold, get a spotter’s help.

When you expose your muscles to weights above your normal threshold, that’s when they will adapt, undergo muscular hypertrophy and grow.

And this is crucial for any hardgainer workout.

2. Varying your hardgainer workout

Muscles adapt fairly quick, and that is why we hit plateaus if we stick to one workout routine for too long.

By varying your workout, you maximize muscle growth as muscles are being forced to adapt constantly which will lead to muscular hypertrophy.

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3. Create tension

To increase tension, Taylor Lautner frequently attaches giant bands to the free weight he is lifting and anchors the band to a power rack.


This is because some parts of doing free weights is easier than others.

To work your muscles more consistently and to recruit more muscle fibers, using bands is a good idea and makes the workout much more intensive.

4. Cut down on cardio

The point of cutting down on cardio is to save your precious calories for the purpose of muscle building.

But cutting down does not mean eliminating it completely!

5. Don’t neglect your sides

Do you realize that most bodybuilding exercises are done front and back? Yuen has this to say:

“Perform side-to-side exercises in addition to traditional lifts. These boost your ability to move in any path. For example, work a few sets of lateral hops and lunges into every leg workout.”

6. Having sufficient rest and recovery

At one point, I realized I put on a lot of weight, and then I started losing weight dramatically and I was like, what’s going on? Why am I losing all this weight that I put on? And what I realized is that I was actually over-working myself. I was going seven days a week, I wouldn’t take a day off, and I would be in the gym for two and a half hours, and I was just burning more calories than I was putting on. That was my biggest problem. So then, I had to cut back; four or five days a week, and not be in the gym too long.                                                                                                     – Taylor Lautner

Overtraining, one of the most common mistakes killing muscle gains. Do check out 6 other underrated yet essential muscle building principles.


Hardgainer Workout Secret 3 – Situation

1. Mindset

I would dare say your mindset is the one of most important keys to success!

For Taylor, he had 9 months to save his career. It was make or break, and boy did he make it.

2. Solid foundation

Taylor Lautner is a martial arts world champion and that means he had a good physical base to work with already.

He is also very flexible, and this means the fasica over his muscles allow them to grow without restriction!

Tip: Stretch after your workout!


Hardgainer Workout Secret 4 – The Shrink Wrap Effect

Rusty Moore, author of visual impact muscle building, came up with the name – the Shrink Wrap Effect.

The Shrink Wrap Effect is the technique used by Taylor Lautner to get totally ripped for the move, albeit accidentally.

Basically, it means getting the skin to get so tight around the muscles that it makes them look very defined.

If you want to know more, you can go to this link where I have uploaded a pdf file explaining more about the technique there.