SORRY – I Cannot Tell You HOW MANY POUNDS of Muscle You’re Gonna Gain

I always love to flaunt that our protocols will guide you into maximizing your muscle gaining potential. I would tell you at times that you are going to gain new pounds of fresh bad ass muscle if you would follow this and that. But why is it that I never give you some potentially exciting headlines such as:

You will gain 30 pounds of muscle with this program!!

I bet that would be cool and inspiring, not to mention that it would really catch attention and publicity. But as much as other readers want me to do that approach as these people have been so used to what they see in magazines – I won’t!

PS: Most Magazines are full of Bull, but MUSCULAR DEVELOPMENT stands out as it focuses on facts and science.

Because I CAN’T know how much you are going to gain here is why:

Because Hardgainers exist and not only that: the gap between easy and hardgainers is incredibly huge.

How to spot a hard gainer? Certainly NOT one of these guys!:

comparisons between sergio oliva

Sorry, None of those freaks is a hardgainer!

We all know as a fact that some people are more gifted than others in the muscle and strength department as in the case of the myostatin freaks. And in this study below, you will learn that the gap between freaks and genetic under-achievers is really as wide as Miley’s vaginal canal:

High responders to resistance exercise training demonstrate differential regulation of skeletal muscle microRNA expression

The general (and biochemical) characteristics of the subjects are listed in Table 1. Prior to training, there were no apparent differences between high and low responders in terms of weight, fat, and bone-free mass (i.e., LBM), or fiber areas. Training-induced changes in fat- and bone-free mass and type I and type II fiber area were, however, statistically greater in the high than low responders. We also analyzed diet records from these same subjects and observed no significant differences in total energy intake, protein intake, fat intake, or changes in these variables with training (data not shown). The LBM changes induced by 12 wk of RT were significantly different (P < 0.001) when group means were compared (Fig. 1). Indeed, the high responders gained almost fourfold more LBM than the low responders. Further physiological data, as well as the group average responses for comparison, can be found in Table 1.

difference between high and low responders

Strength gains were 29% for high responders, 14% for medium responder, and 3% for low responders! Imagine that! And you will let someone tell you that people would gain 20 pounds of muscle in 2 weeks?

Yes I know that research showed that it is possible to get big enough for it to be noticeable in 3 weeks as was done in a certain study. But accept no guarantees from snake oil merchants that you will definitely gain 10, 20, 50, or 100 pounds of MUSCLE within X amount of time if you follow their CONTROVERSIAL BREAKTHROUGH!

Yes some of you might have already gained 20, 10, or 30 pounds of muscle following our regimens and living by our principles (thanks to the emails guys!), but the same gains may not hold true for everyone.

A different person following the exact same workout protocol, with the same zeal, living the same life, I mean EXACTLY THE SAME LIFE as you do could have 50% more or LESS muscle and/or strength gains compared to you!

What we do here in AboutLifting is to utilize logic, science and experience to full extent so that we can formulate principles, guidelines and protocols to help you maximize your gains whether you are a hard-gainer or an easy gainer. To be safe I would always assume that you are a hard gainer so that we would have a large margin of error. What do you think? Are you a hard gainer or an easy gainer? Please post your answers as comments below. Eat your eggs, people!


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