For my current blog readers, you’re probably wondering why I would cover such a topic, when it’s obvious that building 30 pounds of muscle in 30 days just isn’t possible.
As it turns out, some people think that it actually is.
If you thought building 30 pounds of muscle in 30 days was possible, you probably read the post, “From Geek to Freak: How I Gained 34 Pounds of Muscle in 4 Weeks.” By only reading the post title itself, I can tell you that the claim made by Tim Ferriss is bull shit.
Unless you’re some sort of super human hybrid, there is no way in hell you can build even close to 30 pounds of muscle in a single month, and I am here to tell you why in just 1 paragraph.
“On the Supertraining forum, Anthony Pitruzzello, PhD, came up with a potential achievable range of approximately 1.5 to 5 pounds of additional lean muscle per month, after researching scientific studies.” Source: About.com
- If you’re on the high end of the spectrum, or if you’re new to training, then building 5 pounds of lean muscle each month is definitely possible.
- If you have been training for sometime, or you have average genetics, (which most of us probably do), then you will probably put on 1.5 to 3 pounds of muscle each month.
Muscle Building Is About Slow, Lean Gains.
Something that I am beginning to learn is that muscle building is about slow, lean gains. There are many claims, (including claims of my own), which state that you can build 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in just 3 months.
Although building 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in just 3 months is possible, you should know that building 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in 1 year is a more attainable goal.
Most I Have Gained in 3 Months.
With the P90X program, I have built 30 pounds of muscle in 3 years time. The most muscle I have managed to build in 3 months time was 15 pounds of lean muscle mass.
What Should Your Goal Be?
If you’re new to training, look to build 15 to 20 pounds of muscle in the first 3 months. After that, I would look to build at least 10 pounds of muscle every 3 months.
It took Taylor Lautner 1 year to build 30 pounds of lean muscle mass. When averaged out, Lautner was building 2.5 pounds of muscle each month.
Scientific studies done by Anthony Pitruzzello show that building anywhere between 1.5 to 5 pounds of muscle each month is realistic.
Building muscle is a lifelong journey. If you commit to a program like P90X and set realistic goals, you will eventually reach these goals.
At the end of the day, building 30 pounds of muscle in 30 days, or 1 pound of muscle a day is impossible. Don’t buy into the B.S.
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