Realistic first year expectations
Me and a couple guys at the gym were talking about realistic first year expecations. One of my friends is a huge follower of Stuart McBrawn, or whatever his name is. The hardgainer author. I brought up this post from Casey Butt's blog. Casey says:
So my friend says that most men won't come near a 10 pound gain in a year. He believes most of us are hardgainers.
My question is, what arer realistic first year expectations for strength and size gains if the guy has a goo dapproach and diet?
I've seen a lot of chatter recently regarding just how many men are truly hardgainers. Some believe that this is just an excuse, and some believe a majority of men are hardgainers. I'm talking both strength and muscle.
Personally, I believe if you are relentless about progression and have your diet down, you may gain at a slower rate, but over time you will make consistent physique and strength improvements. I've heard stories about guys that simply can't grow, or just can't squat more, etc. I often wonder if these guys are taking any new steps to cure these stalls, perhaps by adding in powerlifting style strength-building moves such as good mornings, or by eating more food for a given period of time.
Sometimes trainees need to train less. Sometimes more. Sometimes they need higher rep squat work. Sometimes they need more food. Unless I am certain that this individual is taking all steps necessary to learn his body and improve, I don't believe that have plateaued.
I have a hard time believing that men can stall after 5 pounds of muscle, or after a 200 pound squat. Certainly, there are genetic freaks on both ends of the spectrum, but I surely don't believe that a high percentage of beginners will stall with only 5 pounds of muscle their first year.
A realistic expectation is 10 pounds of muscle.
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