Realistic gains

  • wpgtrapper

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    Jun 20, 2010 6:16 AM GMT
    Hey guys. As a small guy who isn't blessed with great genetics (small framed tiny writs, etc.), what's realistic when it comes to muscle growth? Some guys say it's possible to gain a pound of muscle once a month.

    I'm close to 5'5, 128 lbs, 13 inch biceps, 34 chest. Ideally I'd love to be 145 lbs of muscle with 15.5 inch arms. If I workout hard, eat 130 grams of protein a day and sleep 8-9 hours a day, is it realistic to think I can reach my goals in 2 years or less?
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    Jun 20, 2010 6:25 AM GMT
    I'd suggest at least 150 grams of protein per day, but that number can be adjusted to fit your needs. Everyone's body responds differently. You might need even more than that. A good trainer can help get the number right for you.

    Yes it is realistic to gain 17 lbs of muscle in two years. The success will depend on your genetics and how well you stick with a muscle building program.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    Thats definitely a realistic goal to achieve within 2 years. Actually you could probably do that in under a year.
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    Jun 21, 2010 11:17 PM GMT
    Don't forget about those carbs! If you rely entirely on protein.... gtg
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    Jul 05, 2010 1:59 AM GMT
    Well i'm 5'6" and was 120lbs (skinny wrists too !) when I finally got a gym membership and got serious about wanting to pack on some muscle. I gained 25lbs of muscle in about 3 months. I think part of the reason I gained so much so fast is because I was working out at least 6 days a week, 2-3 hours a day, lots of supersets and dropsets, and was taking creatine and 2 scoops of protein after every workout and sometimes one during the day too. So I think all that really put my body into bulking mode and helped accelerate the gains. But I had lots of free time back then and we usually don't have that kind of time to commit to working out so I think that's why gains are usually slower (like what you mentioned).
    Anyway, I just wanted to say its possible to gain it faster but you gotta really want it.
    Good luck !
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    Jul 29, 2010 11:56 PM GMT
    I'd say it's not only realistic, it's likely. If you're a gym newbie, I'd say you could realistically put that much on in only a few months.

    I know this because I experienced it. When I started working out at 18, I weighed 105lbs at 5'7". I was a walking skeleton. By the end of my first semester, I weighed about 120lbs. By the end of my first year, probably 130. And I wasn't even working out on a decent program.

    After that first 25lbs, though, things got significantly harder. It took me another 3 years to get up to 155.

    If I could do it all over again, I would take more advantage of those newbie gains. I think I could have gained more in those precious nascent months if I had done it right. And doing it right would have involved a specific book: Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe. http://www.amazon.com/Starting-Strength-2nd-Mark-Rippetoe/dp/0976805421/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280447666&sr=8-1

    Ignore everything else until you've read this book. After years of experience, of going up and down in weight and muscle mass, I can tell you first hand that this is the best book on weightlifting you'll ever read. If you stick to it, I can all but guarantee you'll gain more than you would have otherwise.