How long does weight lifting take until you notice changes?

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    Jun 10, 2013 8:35 PM GMT
    A repetitive question I know, with a lot of grey answers yes, but I would like to hear some up to date personal experiences.

    STUDY-myself

    22 years old, unfit, belly fat etc.
    no training of any kind for the past 4 years, eating what I want, drinking 3 times a week and smoking.

    Change- stopped smoking and drinking last month, watching what I eat and drinking plenty of water, starting weight training 3-4 times a week with cardio 3-4 times a week.

    Question, how long would it take to become noticeably athletic and muscular, provided I maintain this knew lifestyle, from by better flexibility to getting my abs/pecs.

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    Jun 10, 2013 8:42 PM GMT
    It takes as long as it takes.
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    Jun 10, 2013 9:16 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidIt takes as long as it takes.


    That was very informative, thank you very much!
  • Crepuscule

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    Jun 10, 2013 9:28 PM GMT
    I'd say it depends on what your body looks like to begin with.

    A "french fry" guy (thin but not at all ripped, with bad cholesterol all over his blood) would probably make faster visible changes than a very obese one, as the latter would stay about the same weight to begin with, before cardio takes its (positive) toll.

    From a training perspective you notice changes fairly fast. You train with heavier and heavier weights each month.

    I'd say, from bad, to decent, to good, to great, to Frikkin' Adonis, it's an almost exponential curve.
  • NeuralShock

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    Jun 11, 2013 12:16 AM GMT

    paulflexes is perfectly accurate.


    Let me be blunt with you. Stop looking or reaching for a "goal".... instead focus on hitting the gym as hard as you can when you get there and eating well. Change your workout routine to be better, find what exercises work for you and add them in there....

    You WILL see results.

    But WHEN you see them will be completely up to how hard you train, how much you eat (MUCH), and better put.... how intelligently you train.


    But if you focus on getting results, and "time"... you're going to get demotivated and quit. If you shrug everything off and just go balls to the wall and work your ass off (litterally even :lolicon_smile.gif then you'll get results when you get them.

  • GWriter

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    Jun 11, 2013 10:18 AM GMT
    Since you are looking for concrete answers...

    If you train hard and are disciplined with your diet... it will not take years, but will take a few weeks. So 2 - 6 months will show results.
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    Jun 11, 2013 10:21 AM GMT
    GWriter saidSince you are looking for concrete answers...

    If you train hard and are disciplined with your diet... it will not take years, but will take a few weeks. So 2 - 6 months will show results.


    Well, I am actually on my 7th week of my new lifestyle, and I have noticed remarkable changes to my arms. I am also running faster and feel leaner, but im still the least muscular/athletic looking regular at my gym, I wanna look great and be as efficient as possible, I hate that I can do weights only every other day, it's not enough!
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    Jun 11, 2013 10:35 AM GMT
    One thing I know a lot of guys do that want to get ripped is they have an amazing diet which is super duper healthy and rarely splurge on junk food. Also to get that hot bod you want it is different for every body but I think as long as you are noticing changes in your body that is always a positive... Just keep working hard and you will get results icon_razz.gif
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    Jun 12, 2013 12:46 AM GMT
    darren234 said
    paulflexes saidIt takes as long as it takes.


    That was very informative, thank you very much!
    You're very welcum! icon_biggrin.gif
  • ThatSwimmerGu...

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    Jun 12, 2013 1:13 AM GMT
    A picture would help. But it can take a few months to notice differences. Depends on who you are.
  • Rhi_Bran

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    Jun 12, 2013 1:17 AM GMT
    Depends on your diet and whether or not you're doing your exercises right. I was working out for a year and seeing no improvement until I learned that I was cheating most of my reps. Now I have good form on all my exercises, including when I do cardio, and I've gained a fair bit of muscle.
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    Jun 12, 2013 1:32 AM GMT
    darren234 said
    GWriter saidSince you are looking for concrete answers...

    If you train hard and are disciplined with your diet... it will not take years, but will take a few weeks. So 2 - 6 months will show results.


    Well, I am actually on my 7th week of my new lifestyle, and I have noticed remarkable changes to my arms. I am also running faster and feel leaner, but im still the least muscular/athletic looking regular at my gym, I wanna look great and be as efficient as possible, I hate that I can do weights only every other day, it's not enough!


    thats probably one of your problem, you don't get muscular or results in the gym, you need to rest and eat well. of course that with a good exercise routine
  • dionysus

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    Jun 12, 2013 1:40 AM GMT
    Right, papers and studies have shown it takes approximately six weeks to gain one pound of muscle. I usually stick with this because that translates ten pounds into sixty weeks or a wee bit under 15 months which is what people should plan for when they're packing on muscle not 3.

    Opposite end, it's all numbers. One pound of fat contains 3500 kcal, aka Calories. To burn off said pound of fat, you have to put your body into a 3500 calorie deficiet. Best achieved via dieting or ADDING a thirty minute jog to your daily routine. Don't add food to it, just a jog.

    Getting more science-e a pound of muscle burns 50 calories at rest during the day. Therefore gaining 10lbs of muscle would require 500 more calories of energy a day or about one pound of fat a week thus the institution of the misnomer 'turning fat into muscle.'

    It's called a fitness lifestyle change, not a quick fix. Get your marathon shoes on and prep for the long haul.
  • MikeW

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    Jun 12, 2013 1:51 AM GMT
    If you have never been sculpted in your life, think of it as a long-term project. How long depends on a lot of variables. I didn't start working out until about 2.5 years ago (age 63) and when I began I was thinking of it as a 5 year project. From the looks of things that is about right for me. For you, being younger, it might be 3 years.

    On the other hand, if you *have* been sculpted in the past and have just gained fat over top your musculature, it won't take that long at all. A few months.

    But as everyone is saying, it depends on genetics, body type, age, routine, and diet. Too many variables to predict without a lot of knowledge about you.
  • popobtc

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    Jun 12, 2013 3:40 AM GMT
    NeuralShock said

    Let me be blunt with you. Stop looking or reaching for a "goal".... instead focus on hitting the gym as hard as you can when you get there and eating well. Change your workout routine to be better, find what exercises work for you and add them in there....

    You WILL see results.


    Totally agree with this, When I set goals I make them small. I count every lost pound as a win (sometime if my weight goes up which I know is due to many things and not just weight gains, it makes me try even harder)

    My advise, Form >>> Weight!
    and I see no reason you cannot train more then 3-4 times a week, as long as your not over training a specific muscle
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    Jun 12, 2013 8:21 AM GMT
    popobtc said
    NeuralShock said

    Let me be blunt with you. Stop looking or reaching for a "goal".... instead focus on hitting the gym as hard as you can when you get there and eating well. Change your workout routine to be better, find what exercises work for you and add them in there....

    You WILL see results.


    Totally agree with this, When I set goals I make them small. I count every lost pound as a win (sometime if my weight goes up which I know is due to many things and not just weight gains, it makes me try even harder)

    My advise, Form >>> Weight!
    and I see no reason you cannot train more then 3-4 times a week, as long as your not over training a specific muscle


    OH OH OH! ANSWER WHAT I AM ABOUT TO ASK ALL! I REALLY HAD A LIGHTBULB GO OFF!

    Can I do the whole 3-4 times a week upper body and 3-4 days a week lower body weight training? That way I am working my muscle every day? Or is that overtraining?
  • seafrontbloke

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    Jun 12, 2013 8:38 AM GMT
    Sorry, I'm not going to answer that question. However, when I started dieting (from 17st8lb, that's 111kg or 245lb), I didn't notice any changes til I had lost the first stone (14lb).
  • GWriter

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    Jun 12, 2013 8:55 AM GMT
    darren234 said
    popobtc said
    NeuralShock said

    Let me be blunt with you. Stop looking or reaching for a "goal".... instead focus on hitting the gym as hard as you can when you get there and eating well. Change your workout routine to be better, find what exercises work for you and add them in there....

    You WILL see results.


    Totally agree with this, When I set goals I make them small. I count every lost pound as a win (sometime if my weight goes up which I know is due to many things and not just weight gains, it makes me try even harder)

    My advise, Form >>> Weight!
    and I see no reason you cannot train more then 3-4 times a week, as long as your not over training a specific muscle


    OH OH OH! ANSWER WHAT I AM ABOUT TO ASK ALL! I REALLY HAD A LIGHTBULB GO OFF!

    Can I do the whole 3-4 times a week upper body and 3-4 days a week lower body weight training? That way I am working my muscle every day? Or is that overtraining?


    As everyone has said, it depends on your metabolism and genetics, but it is possible to train 6 days a week and see gains. I used to work out with a very successful natural bodybuilder who hit the weights - balls to the wall - Monday through Saturday, and got great results. He used to say, 'There is no 'over-training,' just under-eating, and under-sleeping."
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    Jun 12, 2013 9:29 AM GMT
    14 days/ 5 trainings max :-)
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    Jun 12, 2013 9:51 AM GMT
    GWriter saidSince you are looking for concrete answers...

    If you train hard and are disciplined with your diet... it will not take years, but will take a few weeks. So 2 - 6 months will show results.


    as what he says!


    If you have the right inputs, rest enough, burn enough within weeks you can see changes actually, do note you have enough good antioxidant.

    Why not you try pure Lemon-Lime juice with skin and Celery! icon_cool.gif if you can aid the burning process then you can. strategic planning!

    people call me weirdo drinking that above.icon_wink.gif
  • phonehome123

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    Jun 12, 2013 10:24 AM GMT
    For the 'average' person I'd say this is pretty accurate.

    1-3 months and you'll notice the difference. 3-6 months and you'll start to get comments from other people. 6+ months and everyone you meet meet will know you workout and look after yourself. After that sky's the limit!

    Everyone else's comment are true though. The longer you go the longer you realise its not a destination, but a lifestyle change. You'll grow to love the gym. Don't get hung-up on dates or deadlines, just push hard EVERY SINGLE TIME your in the gym.

    Also if your training solo (no personal trainer) make sure your doing things right. I can point you in the direction of some great resources that lay everything out for you (free). Just PM me.

    *this is assuming your not massively overweight AND you put in the required effort.
  • JockDBN

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    Jun 12, 2013 11:15 AM GMT
    The first 8 weeks of weight/strength training mainly produce neurological/neuromuscular changes, so after 8 weeks is when you'll start to changes in muscle size
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    Jun 12, 2013 11:17 AM GMT
    Me it only takes maybe 1-2 months depending on how hard I hit my routine. I have good genetics so it's not hard for me to make others jealous with next to nothing in training...icon_twisted.gif
  • Danskerb

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    Jun 12, 2013 12:47 PM GMT
    I felt it took me at least six months to feel athletic. I still have a shot ton of work to do though
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    Jun 12, 2013 1:20 PM GMT
    So there is a period for me when my skin is looser and softer when working out and lifting where I can feel the results but not see them. This period happens over about 6-7 weeks. Then I have a random 1-2 day period when I'm not that hungry and can get by on soups and salad and then I wake up on morning and its like BAM! My body is in good shape. Don't starve yourself but also don't eat to 100% fullness either. If you're 7 weeks along see if you can get by on eating soup/salad on your off days for a couple days. Good luck.