shutterstock_54398746Here is a great question that I’m frequently asked, whether it’s through Facebook messages, or emails etc. “So I’ve been working out for about a month and a half now and I haven’t been getting any results, can you help? What am I doing wrong?” It is usually not what they do that is wrong; they do not understand how long it takes the body to build noticeable muscle. Or what it takes to build muscle.

So how fast does muscle grow? 1 month? 2 months?

Let me say this now, muscle DOES NOT come fast. Do not even start a training regimen if you do not plan on dedicating at least 3 to 4 times a week to exercise and doing it for at least ONE YEAR. If you are expecting results within a month of working out, you are in it for the wrong reasons. The transformation of your body, whether it is to lose fat, or to gain muscle is a long journey that can really change a person not only physically, but mentally as well. Now I’m not saying that it is not possible to change your body in three to six months, I have done it and experienced it before. So don’t start going on about, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. This is dedicated to the newcomers to fitness, I don’t even remember the first time I started working out but it was years ago, and I’m pretty sure I didn’t see results first month in.

You see, we now live in a world where almost everybody expects results instantaneously. We are so fooled and lied to on so many levels, especially in the supplement industry that if you take a protein supplement, or a mass gainer, or creatine, or vitamins that you can expect results in 30 days. Supplement marketers sell their product on how quickly results can happen. They always have this one before and after picture, within 30-45 days of some guy transforming his body. The difference in the picture is spectacular, almost like night and day. I can tell you this, most of the pictures you see on supplement bottles are edited using photo editing software. Though I’m not bashing on these supplements that the industry is shelling out at a massive rate, I am just stating that results DO HAPPEN, just not at the rate that they guarantee.

When you lift the weights in your very first workout, you should not be asking yourself how fast does muscle grow? Or when can I start seeing results? You must start to understand that it is a journey on who you will end up becoming in the end and that you are now starting a lifestyle that revolves around getting healthy and exercising. You’re in it for the long run. Not when you feel like it. I can tell you this now, if you are only working out when you feel like it, or when your ‘bros’ want to go to the gym, you can expect almost very minimal results. So with all that being said; not everybody is the same. Not everybody is going to put on muscle as fast as the other guy. It all depends on your training program, how much food your body requires to be able to create muscle and how much rest and recovery you get. So I’m going to say this again. Give yourself ONE WHOLE year. 365 days.

Changing your body is a great journey. I love every day that I’m in the gym. I’ve said this before and it seems to be going on repeat lately. “It’s not what you get out of life, it’s who you become.” People begin to change their thoughts, as their body changes too. So remember, if you’re just starting today, or someone you know is starting up a workout regimen, please tell them that they’re in it for the long run. DO NOT EXPECT QUICK RESULTS. Persistence is the key to success. All you need to do is to show up, show up when you’re needed to show up, when you know that you should show up, and I guarantee you will LOVE the results that you get in the long run.  To all my friends out there just beginning your journey, good luck, and welcome to the fitness world.


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John considers himself as a fitness enthusiast who loves to do anything to keep the body in peak physical performance (much like a highly tuned machine). He mainly focuses on sports nutrition and supplement research, but is also highly knowledgeable in relation to muscle growth and fat loss. He's helped numerous people over the years achieve the body that they've always wanted and hopes his information will guide you to the goals you want.

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