Training and nutrition advice
Depends. Depends on where you are at in your lifting career (or journey), how tall you are, how big your bones are, etc. However, this blog entry is going to share a basic approach to understanding how much muscle you can build year after year.
Steve Shaw introduced me to a fellow named Dr. Casey Butt. Well, technically I just learned about Dr. Butt by watching Steve's videos. But, hey, that still counts for something, right? RIGHT?!
Dr. Butt has studied a lot of kick ass bodybuilders to help all of us have a better understanding of our muscle building potential. What I learned is the average amount you can gain, as a natural lifter, in a lifetime is about 30-35 lbs. of muscle.
"I came here to find out how much I can gain in a year, not my life. This is bullshit!!!"
Calm down, slick. I'm getting to that.
The lifetime amount of muscle you can build is important to know because it can give you a general idea as to how much progress you have already made, or what you can make. Because, when you get right down to it...
...there is NO definitive answer to this question!!!
Let's get to some answers now, and keep things simple.
Let's say your genetic limitation is gaining 32 lbs. of muscle in your life.
If you kick some serious ass and do everything correct (not a single fuck up what-so-ever) then you can gain 16 lbs. of muscle in your first year. That's half the amount you can do in your life.
In year two, you can put on half of what's left in your genetic muscle building tank. That means a perfect second year of building muscle for you will yield 8 lbs. of new muscle.
Year three? Half of that. 4 lbs. can be built.
Year four? Yup, half of that. Only 2 lbs. this time.
This basically just continues on and on. The amount of muscle you can build each year will be reduced by half each consecutive year, if you can actually pack on as much mass as you possibly can, and always do things perfectly.
However, doing everything perfectly is unlikely, and highly unreasonable. This is one reason I believe there are too many factors involved for anyone to truly know just how much muscle they can build.
I let go of things like this a couple of years ago. Right now, I just focus on trying to get better with each and every workout.
I enjoy my workouts. Weight lifting is something fun for me. It's also a great stress reliever. This is something I just love to do, and I can't picture my life without it anymore. And, isn't that what this weight lifting journey is all about? To enjoy it? To better yourself? Whether you're doing competitions or not, this is supposed to be an enjoyable process.
So, hopefully you don't ruin your journey by worrying about specific numbers too much.
Here's the video where Steve Shaw gives a really good visual example of your life long muscle building potential:
Questions or comments on this stuff? Leave them in the comments section!