How long did it take you?

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    Apr 25, 2011 3:30 AM GMT
    So I began working out to build muscle in February and have gained 12 lbs of muscle at this point (almost 2 and a half months; from 130 to 142 lbs). I know building muscle takes time so I was wondering at what weight were you at when you started working out to build muscle and how long did it take you to get to where you are now.
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    Apr 25, 2011 5:00 AM GMT
    Been lifting seriously for at least 11 years. My weight has stayed the same, more or less. Lost fat and gained muscle mass. So they kinda cancel each other out on the scale.
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    Apr 25, 2011 6:50 AM GMT
    Okay, so yeah, my goal is to be 160. I read that it's reasonable to gain 1 lb in 2 weeks so ideally I should be where I want to be in 9 months icon_eek.gif Wow... that's going to be awhile...
  • psustud

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    May 28, 2011 11:56 AM GMT
    ...Still working on it my friend. Many, like myself, are never satisified... but I guess this goes for many aspects in... like my career.

    I started at about 150 in HS, left HS at 160-165 (can't remember) and hit 220 by my junior year in college (yes, naturally... just protein food and creatine... was only 220 for about 2 weeks, I was 210-215 most of my Junior and senior years). The college years are where I made the most hardcore gains... I haven't grown like that since, but then again I haven't walked around the streets of Manhattan with Tupperware full of chicken and broccoli all day long like I did in college.
    Also, I no longer have a slew of meathead inspiration and hardcore gym partners that were bigger than me and took me under their wing(s)... nor do live in a (frat) house full of like minded meatheads, anymore (wow I miss college/PSU!)

    At PSU it was hard not to have the bodybuilding/gym bug bite you when there were so many hot guys bigger than you grazing like cattle all over the campus and making it look easy, lol. I learned that with intensity, consistency and FOOD it really wasn't all that hard (and, okay... great genes too).

    I didn't look at your profile to see your age, but I must say that aside from the habits/methods I listed above, a heck of a lot of my growth was simply adolescent natural growth.... at least I suspect it was since I can no longer make gains quite as easily (I suspected this back then as well).
  • psustud

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    May 28, 2011 12:07 PM GMT
    Afamilyguy, just noticed that you're 19...

    DUDE, work out like crazy now! Take COMPLETE advantage of the natural growth you'll experience between now and 24 and the very high level of testosterone you have now!!
    Lift like there's no tomorrow and never look back.
    You'll reap the benefits for years to come. What you do now can determine your physique into your 50s!

    Essentially, you can either make easy gains now... or decide in your 30s that you all of sudden want muscles and find it 3x's as challenging to building than you would now.
    They frame you build no will be easier to ad gains to and refine, or simply maintain, than it will be in your 30s and 40s.


    Cecil
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    May 28, 2011 12:09 PM GMT
    The quickest gaines I made was in my mid 20s when I was working with a trainer that really kicked my ass and had me on a six day split - hitting one body part hard each day for about 40 to 50 minutes. I was skinny fat when I started with him - looked skinny in clothes but wasn't ripped. I went from about 155 to about 175 in a little over 6 months - and the additional weight was pretty much all lean mass. Some friends and even my parents asked me if I was juicing but it was just creatine, whey, an ephedra stack and working hard. So, particularly if you're young, it is definitely possible to make some impressive gains in a short time.
  • brendanmuscle...

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    May 30, 2011 1:16 AM GMT
    its taken me 8 years of training to get to where i am now. However, my biggest gains came between the ages of 20-22 and again 25-26 (current), when i was finishing school up i kind of stayed the same and i was really having difficulty eating more, however i have improved much on this lately.
  • barriehomeboy

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    May 30, 2011 1:31 AM GMT
    You'll gain muscle quickly at first because your body is responding to the stresses that you are putting on it. Then the gains come more slowly, and that's when your goals will have to keep you in the gym. That's when most people quit the gym, and why gyms are still in business. You pay for a year and stop eating up their resources after a month or two.

    Enjoy how much better you look in the mirror. You will still look even better a year down the road, and the guys in your bed admiring you admiring yourself in the mirror will be hotter too.

    Don't give up on the new you.
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    May 30, 2011 3:54 AM GMT
    Work in progress. 14 years in the making.
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    May 30, 2011 3:58 AM GMT
    Uhhhhhhhhhh... how do I put this?

    I was a fat kid growing up, so to answer your question- I've been at it for a long time, but I'm still not quite there yet. I started at 230 lbs @ 5'10.
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    May 30, 2011 4:13 AM GMT
    Youre changing a hell of a lot faster than I have. I've been working out for two and a half years and have only changed 15 lbs max.
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    May 30, 2011 4:15 AM GMT
    I've had eating issues for the past decade, so I've made progress, then lost it, then regained it, then lost it.
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    May 30, 2011 4:35 AM GMT
    started fooling around @ 28 yrs old 120-125 lbs, got more serious learned a lot by the time i hit 30, now 175 lbs @ 33 yrs old, wanna b 190 by 35, wish i had started in my early 20's, happy as hell w/ tha results.