How much can you achieve in 4 months?

  • Trauts

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    Dec 28, 2012 7:26 AM GMT
    So I started hitting it hard at the gym 4 months ago and upped my intensity as I wanted to gain more muscles. I have a friend that works out with me and in these 4 months, I feel that his gains are much more than mine. Below is a picture taken in Aug and another taken in Dec. I'm not sure if my progression is too slow though. How much can you achieve in 4 months??

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  • Webster666

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    Dec 28, 2012 8:07 AM GMT
    Four months is a short amount of time.
    And, your progress would depend on a lot of things.
    --Correct form (Are you doing the exercises the correct way ?)
    --Do you push yourself to lift heavy enough weights ?
    --Aerobic exercise (Are you getting too much ?)
    --Schedule (Have you set up a regular schedule to work out, where you're exercising 4 days a week, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri ?
    --Do you split up your body parts (for instance, chest and shoulders on Mon and Thu, and everything else on Tue and Fri ?
    --Are you doing several different exercises for each body part ?
    --Do you work your abs all 4 workout days ?
    --Do you eat enough ?
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    Dec 28, 2012 3:00 PM GMT
    In just five months when I was about forty I lost 60lbs and looked pretty much the way I do now. Then I immediately got sidelined with major health issues and gained all the weight and more back. At about 50 I did it again, losing 80lbs and adding even more muscle mass, but I intentionally took my time since I was a lot more injury-prone. Timeframe minus setbacks due to injury - under a year. Now I'm in the best shape of my life and still improving.

    Most body transformation contests, like "Body for Life," feature extreme transformations in the span of only 3-4 months. Of course they involved extreme work. Here's a "typical" example. No excuses - get crackin'!

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  • HPgeek934

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    Dec 28, 2012 3:34 PM GMT
    This has always been my downfall. I feel like I push myself to my limit and I never see results. It's very discouraging. After I got sick this summer and lost 15lbs, i really got depressed and it put me in such a funk that I didn't even want to work out. I had the "what's the point" attitude. I'm finally feeling better about myself and am trying to make a triumphant return to the gym, with hopefully better results.
    I personally think you look great in your before and after. Keep up the good work and the gains will follow
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    Dec 28, 2012 3:57 PM GMT
    I think you've done pretty well.

    The important thing is -- keep with it. Nutrition is a major element in body transformations.

    Keep doing it, man, you're making good progress.
  • HottJoe

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    Dec 28, 2012 4:15 PM GMT
    Not sure what the problem is... You look much improved in your "after" pic. Just keep at, and you'll reach your goals.icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:35 PM GMT
    Webster666 saidFour months is a short amount of time.
    And, your progress would depend on a lot of things.
    --Correct form (Are you doing the exercises the correct way ?)
    --Do you push yourself to lift heavy enough weights ?
    --Aerobic exercise (Are you getting too much ?)
    --Schedule (Have you set up a regular schedule to work out, where you're exercising 4 days a week, Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri ?
    --Do you split up your body parts (for instance, chest and shoulders on Mon and Thu, and everything else on Tue and Fri ?
    --Are you doing several different exercises for each body part ?
    --Do you work your abs all 4 workout days ?
    --Do you eat enough ?


    Adding to this list:

    -- How long have you been working out? Beginners always make fast gains
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:42 PM GMT
    Trauts saidSo I started hitting it hard at the gym 4 months ago and upped my intensity as I wanted to gain more muscles. I have a friend that works out with me and in these 4 months, I feel that his gains are much more than mine. Below is a picture taken in Aug and another taken in Dec. I'm not sure if my progression is too slow though. How much can you achieve in 4 months??

    augdec20bgb.jpg



    It's all about intensity but not necessarily exercising every muscle every day . Army boot camp is 9 weeks and a 20 lb weight gain is pretty common but I've seen 30 lb gains as well.
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:46 PM GMT
    How similar is your friend's build to yours? And his diet?
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    Dec 28, 2012 4:56 PM GMT
    Trauts saidSo I started hitting it hard at the gym 4 months ago and upped my intensity as I wanted to gain more muscles. I have a friend that works out with me and in these 4 months, I feel that his gains are much more than mine. Below is a picture taken in Aug and another taken in Dec. I'm not sure if my progression is too slow though. How much can you achieve in 4 months??

    augdec20bgb.jpg


    Just a note on progress photos, the lighting should emphasis your muscle and not the room's background (your 'before' photo is an example of what I mean). Be sure you have appropriate lighting, otherwise the body looks 'flat' and misses the otherwise visible changes in lines and muscles. My photos never come out with the definition I actually see. It makes a difference when you're recounting your progress in the future. Invest the preparations for that.
  • Latenight30

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    Dec 28, 2012 5:03 PM GMT
    12-16weeks is a good average. if you stick with it. It takes the right dedication and schedule.
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    Dec 28, 2012 8:04 PM GMT
    This was my three month progress point in early December. I managed to gain 20lbs and only 1.2% body fat.

    After Christmas I expect my body fat is a little higher than id like however... icon_cool.gif

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  • Import

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    Dec 28, 2012 10:17 PM GMT
    siouxxuois saidThis was my three month progress point in early December. I managed to gain 20lbs and only 1.2% body fat.

    After Christmas I expect my body fat is a little higher than id like however... icon_cool.gif

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    dang, u lookin good booboo
  • mybud

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    Dec 28, 2012 10:31 PM GMT
    Honestly...You've made insanely great progress...whatever you're doing...keep it up...
  • MidwesternKid

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    Dec 28, 2012 10:41 PM GMT
    If I could do the fancy stuff with side by side pictures I would show. I lost 35lbs in four months running 5 miles a day for 5-6 days a week. Never felt better.
  • Trauts

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    Dec 29, 2012 12:41 PM GMT
    Thanks for the encouragement, guys. Hearing about your progress makes me even more motivated. icon_smile.gif

    unfounded7How similar is your friend's build to yours? And his diet?


    His build is similar to mine. Only difference is that he started out really lean, whereas I was more of the skinny fat kind of guy. I don't know his diet exactly.
  • HPgeek934

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    Dec 29, 2012 1:44 PM GMT
    siouxxuois saidThis was my three month progress point in early December. I managed to gain 20lbs and only 1.2% body fat.

    After Christmas I expect my body fat is a little higher than id like however... icon_cool.gif

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    That transformation is astonishing. How the hell did you do it?
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    Dec 30, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    @ siouxxuois:

    Hell, I'm a TOP and I want you inside me now.
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    Dec 30, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    HPgeek934 said
    siouxxuois saidThis was my three month progress point in early December. I managed to gain 20lbs and only 1.2% body fat.

    After Christmas I expect my body fat is a little higher than id like however... icon_cool.gif

    Picture%252045.png


    That transformation is astonishing. How the hell did you do it?


    Amazing
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    Dec 30, 2012 1:50 AM GMT
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    Trauts saidSo I started hitting it hard at the gym 4 months ago and upped my intensity as I wanted to gain more muscles. I have a friend that works out with me and in these 4 months, I feel that his gains are much more than mine. Below is a picture taken in Aug and another taken in Dec. I'm not sure if my progression is too slow though. How much can you achieve in 4 months??

    augdec20bgb.jpg


    Just a note on progress photos, the lighting should emphasis your muscle and not the room's background (your 'before' photo is an example of what I mean). Be sure you have appropriate lighting, otherwise the body looks 'flat' and misses the otherwise visible changes in lines and muscles. My photos never come out with the definition I actually see. It makes a difference when you're recounting your progress in the future. Invest the preparations for that.

    This. It's the only reason why I have ANY definition in my picture.

    Though in my honest opinion, you achieved far more in four months then what I have in two years. icon_sad.gif

    Just can't get my inner chest to define and actually pop with the crease and all. So flat. God...