How Fast Can I Gain Muscle Mass?
Quick Answer: Expect to gain up to 30 pounds (or more depending on how small & weak your muscles are) in your first year and then less than 5-to-15 pounds each year after that.
How fast you gain muscle depends on how weak or strong your muscles are before you start working out to build muscle so you need to understand that…
Your muscles get bigger as they get stronger meaning…
- A weaker person will gain muscle faster than a stronger person because its easier for a weaker person to
get stronger from workout-to-workout by
progressively lifting heavier weights, doing more reps and/or sets and that's why weaker beginners gain up to 30 pounds or more in their 1st year working out to build muscle &…
- A stronger person with bigger muscles will gain muscle
slower than a weaker person because its tougher or takes longer to make an already bigger muscle even stronger
by progressively lifting heavier weights, doing more reps and/or sets and
that's why stronger people who've been working out for at least 6-to-12
months gain less than 5-to-15 pounds a year - for example…
- A weaker person may gradually go from lifting 100-to-300 pounds
gaining lots of muscle
mass in their first year vs in their 2nd year where it may take the entire year for them to gradually go from lifting 300-to-325 pounds not gaining as much muscle mass in their 1st year and actually…
- A weaker person will still build muscle faster than a stronger person even if their diet is bad or use poor workout habits simply because it's much easier for them to get stronger using progressive overload or easier for them to keep lifting heavier weights, doing more reps and/or sets every time they workout while a stronger person will have to
use these muscle building tips to even come close to building muscle at the same rate as a weaker person would.
This Picture Is an Example of How Fast You Can Gain Muscle…
- Pictured above is Anthony Ellis of
fastmusclegain.com who gained over 20 pounds of muscle his first 12 weeks but as he got stronger…
- Anthony Ellis began to gain muscle at a slower rate by only gaining 3 pounds of muscle over the next 4 weeks.
The Weaker Your Muscles Are = The Faster You'll Gain Muscle
But this is only true for the muscles you're going to train so for example…
If you already have big strong 19 inch arms and skinny weak
chicken legs then you're going to end up getting bigger legs faster than the time it'll take you to gain another ½ inch of muscle on your arms so just because you've been working out for a long time doesn't always mean you'll build muscle slower than someone who is just starting out.
The ONLY thing that determines how fast you gain muscle is how weak or strong your muscles are.