How fast does muscle grow?

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    Nov 01, 2011 4:06 AM GMT
    I realize that this is probably an unanswerable question, but I'll ask it anyway. I'm wondering if there is any sort of typical speed of gaining muscle mass that I could measure to see whether I'm making good progress. I have a trainer, but of course, he's going to tell me that I'm doing great. That's what he get's paid for. icon_biggrin.gif

    There are probably too many variables to calculate this. I'm sure each person is different based on their genetics, their workout routine, and their diet. I just wish I had something to go on.

    Here's the situation in a nutshell. I have been working out fairly intensely for over a year now. I've been good strides on the cardio side, but my strength progress has never been very good. I eventually found out that something was causing my muscles to shrink. Every time I gained any strength, it would waste away again. Imagine my heartbreak when I realized that a year of work when straight down the tubes. I'm trying to make sure that doesn't happen again. I need something I can measure so that I can alert somebody if something is wrong again.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Nov 01, 2011 9:07 AM GMT
    Very difficult to answer that. It depends on so many factors:
    Genetic, nutritional, training, rest patterns etc

    20lbs of muscle a year is entirely possible if all factors are correct according to some studies.
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    Nov 01, 2011 9:12 AM GMT
    It sounds like some sort of very serious degenerative disease or something if you're telling the truth and not omitting something...

    Are you seeing these gains and then continuing on the same path only to revert backward? Or are you taking breaks? Does your trainer change up your routine?

    Sounds scary if you're losing weight with all variables controlled... Magical weight loss. icon_eek.gif
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    Nov 02, 2011 2:46 AM GMT
    ThePenIsMyTier saidIt sounds like some sort of very serious degenerative disease or something if you're telling the truth and not omitting something...

    Are you seeing these gains and then continuing on the same path only to revert backward? Or are you taking breaks? Does your trainer change up your routine?

    Sounds scary if you're losing weight with all variables controlled... Magical weight loss. icon_eek.gif


    The muscle loss turned out to be a side effect of some medication that I was on. It wasn't listed on any of the documentation that the pharmacy gave me. I wasn't on the highest dose. When my dose was increased, I finally put two-and-two together and looked it up on the Internet. I had just stopped the medication anyway because it made my insomnia a lot worse and gave me very strange dreams. Horrible stuff.

    My trainer was changing my routine about once a month. Any gains that I could visibly see would quickly fade with the new routine. There were a few times this year when I had to miss gym time (injuries, etc.), and my gains would disappear too quickly. Something didn't seem right, but there was so much going on that I didn't know what was causing it.

    I've been off that medication for a couple of months now, but I'm just now able to get back into a more hardcore routine. I'm starting to see visible gains again, but only time will tell if I keep them like I should.
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    Nov 02, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    I brag that I gain around 11lbs per year without getting fatter (and without juice, of course). I don't doubt guys between 18-21 may gain 20lbs a year.