how much muscle?

  1. how much muscle?


    so, how much muscle can women typically gain naturally with weightlifting in, let's say, a year?

    I'm just asking because I want to set myself realistic goals in terms of gaining muscle (and losing fat), and I don't really know what to aim for. I've been (seriously) weight training for the past ~3 years, and realistically probably gained about 8 lbs of muscle total. I had kinda hoped that it would be more.

    Thanks!
    not 'the' epic thigh girl ....


  2. no one knows?

    I know women gain less muscle then men, but ~2-3lbs of muscle a year max just doesn't sound right.

    Well, maybe I *just* need to up the dedication and find out ....
    not 'the' epic thigh girl ....

  3. Mr. Google told that a woman can gain 1/2 pound a week. Who really knows though. I mean Mr.Google says a lot of things. He gave me About 9,780,000 results (0.30 seconds).
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  4. Lol wow. As a man, i wish i can gain 1/2lb of muscle a week. Thats almost 30lbs a year

  5. Quote Originally Posted by T-Bone View Post
    Mr. Google told that a woman can gain 1/2 pound a week. Who really knows though. I mean Mr.Google says a lot of things. He gave me About 9,780,000 results (0.30 seconds).
    I tried google first too, but I found some wildly differing numbers. Maybe it depends too much on how long one has been training, the intensity of training, and diet and supplements, and genetics? Or maybe nobody has ever "measured" that?
    not 'the' epic thigh girl ....

  6. Quote Originally Posted by ThunderHumper View Post
    Lol wow. As a man, i wish i can gain 1/2lb of muscle a week. Thats almost 30lbs a year
    Yeah kind of crazy/unbelievable. Who really knows though. Just work hard at what you do and you will succeed.

  7. depends on how much you eat and what you eat.
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  8. 2 to 3 pounds a year sounds about right to me. Remember, we're talking LEAN mass. A man, naturally, can gave about 5 lbs a year of LEAN mass. There are a lot of chunky guys on "bulking" (aka fattening) cycles that claim to gain a lot more, but it just doesn't happen naturally. If you get your bodyfat down, you will REALLY notice 2 to 3 pounds of mass on a petite 5'8" female frame.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by ThunderHumper
    Lol wow. As a man, i wish i can gain 1/2lb of muscle a week. Thats almost 30lbs a year
    Thought if all cards were lined up you would gain around 25lbs a year.
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  10. Quote Originally Posted by AaronJP1

    Thought if all cards were lined up you would gain around 25lbs a year.
    Maybe on anabolics, or with powerful blaq genetics. Otherwise 25lbs a year of straight muscle is hella impossible
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    around 1/4lb a week is pretty much peak for men naturally, after the first couple of years training. so half or less than half that for women sounds right. keep in mind too that women start off lighter and smaller, so beyond the testosterone part, 1/8th pound a week proportionately for a woman isn't bad.
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