How long did it take you to get to where you wanted physically?

  • Danskerb

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    Oct 15, 2013 3:46 PM GMT
    I was just a chubby guy a year ago and was used to getting skinny and chubby between the running season. Last October I started to lift weights and I've fallen in love with the activity, and the results. I don't want to be a body builder, but I want big arms, chest and abs. How long does it take to get a good build on?
  • MikeW

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    Oct 15, 2013 3:53 PM GMT
    At your age, given what you've got going already (which is pretty awesome), I'd say 3 to 5 years. For someone my age, figure at least twice that. There are a lot of variables but it sounds like you've got the most important one, enthusiasm, down. Without it there is no consistency and it is consistency + eating right that does it.
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:38 PM GMT
    I have made very good progress this year from a twig to a more built body but planning on pushing far bigger huge infact pretty much bodybuilding but with out the competeing part and its going well icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:43 PM GMT
    Honestly your body looks amazing for only a year. I've been at it for two and I don't look nearly as good as you! Sadly coming from an ecto 120 pound status it takes a while to build it up.
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:48 PM GMT
    Every single guy including myself has gotten bulked up but the most important thing is to just work out to stay healthy. Illnesses, cancer, depression, etc. can zap someone and make them either fat or skinny. So just be happy with your current condition.
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    Oct 15, 2013 10:51 PM GMT
    Still not there and probably never will be.
  • An0n12

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    Oct 15, 2013 10:54 PM GMT
    OnceUponATime saidStill not there and probably never will be.


    X2, I'm the same.
  • Fritter

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    Oct 15, 2013 11:01 PM GMT
    5 Years and counting. Always a work in progress.
  • KJayasuriya

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    Oct 15, 2013 11:16 PM GMT
    I was obese and knew I had to lose weight - so in late December of 2011, I signed up for a weight training class at my college. I made a goal to lose 42 lbs by my birthday (May 12th). In five months, I had done that.

    However, my journey is not over. I am giving myself 2-3 years to transform myself my "ideal" physique. icon_smile.gif

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    Oct 16, 2013 1:04 PM GMT
    still not there and probably never will be very depressing. ever since i hit 30 its been kinda like im running out of time
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    Oct 16, 2013 2:31 PM GMT
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    Oct 16, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    With that body not long.

    Seriously, it's probably possible within a year, definitely within two.
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    Oct 16, 2013 6:17 PM GMT
    bxp011 saidI was just a chubby guy a year ago and was used to getting skinny and chubby between the running season. Last October I started to lift weights and I've fallen in love with the activity, and the results. I don't want to be a body builder, but I want big arms, chest and abs. How long does it take to get a good build on?


    A lot depends on your frame and underlying build. You looks great as it it. Just make it a "better you" and be happy. If you want to be 220 lbs. it'll probably never happen.....or you'll have to do steroids and every other thing in the Body Building Book.
  • mybud

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    Oct 16, 2013 6:55 PM GMT
    I'd agree with about a year...Keep your head down and focus on your goals..get your protein..lift like a beast.. You're golden.
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    Oct 16, 2013 8:18 PM GMT
    I think everybody who knows me knows that I started out as a tall, skinny bean pole kid. In high school a water polo coach took me on as a project and put me through intense work outs, with weights, swimming sprints, treading water, egg beater kicks, practice games, running, rope climbing, and a whole different way of eating designed to pack on muscle. I started out looking one way, and within months I looked (and felt) so much better. Within a year, I was transformed from a skinny twink to a buffed out muscular guy. All these years have passed and my aim has always been maintenance. I owe a lot to that coach and his staff for taking me on and making me over.
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    Oct 16, 2013 8:56 PM GMT
    I'm still working on it, and will be in-till ????
  • Danskerb

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    Oct 17, 2013 5:16 PM GMT
    I appreciate the comments.

    I really hope to actually get to a point where I want to be. I don't want to be chasing better and better all my life.
  • Jessie_Lee

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    Oct 17, 2013 5:51 PM GMT
    If you're well-informed and make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments, people can make amazing progress in just a year. For those who don't make the appropriate lifestyle adjustments, probably at least a few years.

    bxp011 saidI appreciate the comments.

    I really hope to actually get to a point where I want to be. I don't want to be chasing better and better all my life.


    Personally, I'll stopped chasing to become better when I'm dead. :-P
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:20 PM GMT
    Took me two years to trim down and bulk up to current state. But honestly, I don't think I'll ever be truly satisfied. There's always a further goal to reach: bigger chest, then broader capped shoulders, thicker back, fix a lagging muscle group, get cut and work on definition, fix a symmetry issue... Lol it could never end!
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    As a hard gainer, its nearly impossible for me to get to where I need be. I walk too much, eat to healthily, and don't get intoxicated with anything that would ruin my metabolism. Whey protein is mostly water weight, so I'm thinking of just doubling up my protein. Maybe I'll get somewhere passed the Mick Jagger body type.
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:24 PM GMT
    Generally speaking, it will take 1/3 of the time you were out of shape to get back. Flabby for 3 years - spend a year getting back.

    Muscle memory is a great gift we all have.

    If you build it early --- your body never forgets.

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    Oct 17, 2013 9:29 PM GMT
    "But honestly, I don't think I'll ever be truly satisfied."

    In a way that is a good thing. In a way. Otherwise when you are satisfied you stop going to the gym, or do you?
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:37 PM GMT
    Cash saidGenerally speaking, it will take 1/3 of the time you were out of shape to get back. Flabby for 3 years - spend a year getting back.

    Muscle memory is a great gift we all have.

    If you build it early --- your body never forgets.


    If that's true I can be "that guy" at the gym again, and look like you in a year. icon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gif
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    Oct 17, 2013 9:50 PM GMT
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    Cash saidGenerally speaking, it will take 1/3 of the time you were out of shape to get back. Flabby for 3 years - spend a year getting back.

    Muscle memory is a great gift we all have.

    If you build it early --- your body never forgets.


    If that's true I can be "that guy" at the gym again, and look like you in a year. icon_cool.gificon_cool.gificon_cool.gif


    You are already in good condition.

    focus and commitment will transform anything you have in less than 90 days.

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  • fmrhugger

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    Oct 18, 2013 1:24 AM GMT
    Not there yet, but lost 40 pounds in 3 years and brought bf down to 19%. Thrilled with bf% but need to do some bulking.