Originally Posted by BigFiveFive
This thread = not predictable.
...Close, but not even close, genetics are one hell of a thing.
To say they "aren't even close" is a bit baffling to me. I respect that you want to get as big as you can, and out gain these curves, but you have to view their validity through the lens of natural champions.
You can't, and won't continue to make 10 pound gains each year. In fact, with where you are at you'll be hard pressed to hit 5 pounds in a year. The more you gain out of the gate, the slower the rate becomes year in and out.
Keep in mind Kyle that I was as big as you after 18 months, and I gained maybe 3-4 pounds of muscle in 20 years after that. I think these guidelines are dead nuts, when considered as averages. I don't base this on myself, but also all the natural champions I meet and talk with on a daily basis.
These are averages and guidelines. They are not rules that can't be exceeded. But if they are exceeded, gains slow that much more in the future.
I exceeded my rate slightly the first 2 years. My gains slowed dramatically in the 2 years after.