What is a more colourful way of saying someone who wants to gain weight, increase their muscle size by going to the gym?

He has been regularly visiting the gym in hopes of ___

Can I say ‘packing some guns’ here?

  • Getting ripped, developing your abs, pumping up, et al. – Hot Licks Mar 25 '16 at 2:16
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    Or bulking up. – bib Mar 25 '16 at 2:23
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    Don't say "packing some guns"- that's what you say when describing someone who already is. – Jim Mar 25 '16 at 4:26

Getting ripped.

Which means getting

Well defined muscles

It also doubles up as getting drunk.

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    Getting ripped isn’t the same as bulking up. – Jim Mar 25 '16 at 3:08
  • @Jim not identical, but both work well in the OP's context. – Mitch Mar 25 '16 at 12:14

If I understand your question correctly, you may be asking about one (or possibly both) of the following:

  1. "... in hopes of [polite word/phrase for reducing gained fat] ..."
  2. "... in hopes of [polite word/phrase for muscle building] ..."

From how I interpret your question I am going to choose to address number 2. For number two I think it's pretty standard to say:

building up muscle


Has been regularly visiting the gym in hopes of building up muscle.

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beef up

To become bigger, stronger, or bulkier: The actor beefed up over a couple of months so that he could play the part of a boxer.

(The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs)

pack on size


There are millions of guys - commonly known as "hardgainers" or "ectomorphs" - who will never, ever pack on size.

pack on meat


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How about the word "jacked" ???

It seems to me, that compared to the to the other choices, "Jacked" sounds the must hip and evocative. I would imagine a magazine writer, writing an article and needing such a word, would opt to pick this word over the other choices posted (so far.)

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    Please support your answer, (and fix your typos :)) the meaning of "jack off" is quite different , and I'm not sure "jacked" is used in the context described by the OP – Mari-Lou A Mar 25 '16 at 16:21

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