Do you find it easy or hard to put size on at a certain age?

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    Nov 14, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    As the title says, you can throw a scientific answer if you would like but I would still like to know if people have their own opinions about the subject.
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    Nov 14, 2011 8:01 PM GMT
    Here's the bit of the scientific side that I'm familiar with.

    At the end of a man's growth stage (late teens to early 20's) there's a period when the body is capable of adding more new lean tissue than fat or bone. That's why many of us go through a "filling out" stage where our height and shoe size remains the same, but our chest, rump and biceps expand.

    That period is very individual and has a lot to do with the type and level of physical activity you engage in. You know how some guys continue to have, say, a "wrestler look" or a "runner look" long after doing those sports at high levels of intensity, well into their 30's or later? This is a big part of the reason why.

    The onset of this period, how long it lasts, and whether the changes that occur remain in place long after are very individual and not well understood.
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    Nov 14, 2011 8:10 PM GMT
    I don't have any scientific analysis for you, but I can tell you my personal experience. For me, I have always been lean. Could eat anything I wanted, whenever I wanted and not have to worry about it... right up until I hit 35. That seemed to be the magic age for me... now, I have to put a little more effort in and purpose to keep the pounds off.
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    Nov 14, 2011 11:54 PM GMT
    I always find it easy to put size on. Taking it off is my problem...
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    Nov 14, 2011 11:58 PM GMT
    last year i decided to add some mass.
    i'm 54 now, ectomorph type .

    so i got lots of info here and bobybuilding.com and other sites more specific to hard gainers.

    I went from 177 in August to 194 in February and now down to 189 because i got rid of the fat i picked up along the way.
    But my arms went from 14 in to just a hairline under 15in .
    so i could say throughout the year i gained 10 pounds.
    i had to cut down cardio to twice , even once a week, eat like a friggin pig ( that was the easy part) , push hard but not too often .
    Did shitloads of compound exercises.

    conclusion : it's still possible but i have no clue if it would have been easier 25 years ago.
    i'm more on a maintenance routine these days, but over the winter i'll try to increase my arms a bit and we'll see if it can be done or not.

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    Nov 15, 2011 12:15 AM GMT
    Thank you Hickram and Xassantex for your opinions on this subject.

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    Nov 15, 2011 12:33 AM GMT
    I was able to put on SOME size and Im 48. I am going to try on put on some more mass over the next year. I will let you know how it goes.
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    Nov 15, 2011 2:30 PM GMT
    GERGIN saidDo you find it easy or hard to put size on at a certain age?
    As the title says, you can throw a scientific answer if you would like but I would still like to know if people have their own opinions about the subject.

    While everybody's different, presumably it's easier when you're in your teens or early twenties, but I've found putting on quality lean muscle mass at nearly 50 surprisingly easy, easier even than losing fat (except those last couple of stubborn ab-obscuring inches).

    You were talking about lean mass and asking about individual experiences, right? It's a bit unclear to me from your thread title and post.
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    Nov 15, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    onaquest870 saidI always find it easy to put size on. Taking it off is my problem...


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    Nov 15, 2011 3:36 PM GMT
    eagermuscle said
    GERGIN saidDo you find it easy or hard to put size on at a certain age?
    As the title says, you can throw a scientific answer if you would like but I would still like to know if people have their own opinions about the subject.

    While everybody's different, presumably it's easier when you're in your teens or early twenties, but I've found putting on quality lean muscle mass at nearly 50 surprisingly easy, easier even than losing fat (except those last couple of stubborn ab-obscuring inches).

    You were talking about lean mass and asking about individual experiences, right? It's a bit unclear to me from your thread title and post.


    Yes that's exactly what I wanted people to voice out, I just want an idea of how different age groups feel about putting on mass and if they feel that it gets easier or harder depending on their age.
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    Nov 15, 2011 3:38 PM GMT
    I naturally put on weight because i like eating and with age