How Long Does it Take to Gain Muscle? 3 Factors That Affect Muscle Gain

When starting a muscle building program one of the first questions most folks ask is “how long does it take to gain muscle?”

This is a sensible question; after all, no one likes to start something without knowing how long they’ll need to wait before they begin to see results. The problem arises when many false claims about super-fast muscle growth are bandied about in the bodybuilding press, and the newcomer is often mistaken into thinking that if they haven’t achieved amazing muscle growth in a matter of days or weeks, then they’ve failed and their routine is no good.

This is simply not true. Every person is different, and so the amount of time it takes a person to gain muscle depends on individual circumstances. Below I’ve provided the 3 main factors that affect how long it takes to gain muscle and how each one of these can affect your rate of muscle growth.

What’s Your Body Type?

Bodybuilders love to talk about genetics and how important they are in building big muscles. While this may be true to a certain extent, I believe any one can build a great body if they work hard at it.

However, your genetic make up and body type WILL influence how long it takes you to gain muscle. The 3 main body types are:

Ectomorph – Naturally slim build, struggles to gain weight and muscle – usually have a higher metabolic rate. Known as hardgainers.

Mesomorph – Naturally bigger more muscular build. These tend to make the better bodybuilders (Arnie was a classic mesomorph), and gain muscle a lot quicker.

Endomorph – Slightly more rounder physique, tending to a pear-shape. Endomorph’s gain weight quickly but struggle to maintain low body fat percentage.

As you can see your body type will influence the how long it takes to gain muscle. Note that every body type can gain amazing amounts of muscle, but the key is in finding the right routine and diet to suit your body type…there is no one size fits all.

How Much Experience Do You Have?

If you are new to weight training, exercise, and muscle gaining programs then you will gain muscle faster than someone who has been doing it for a while or had some experience before.

This is because your body is responding to the sudden change in circumstances, and so it has to adapt. The key is in keeping those gains consistent and avoiding a plateau that some folks go through when their workout becomes stale.

Repeating the same workout over and over again will influence how long it takes to gain muscle, and cause you to plateau.

What Is Your Diet and Exercise Routine?

This really is the key in determining how long does it take to gain muscle, since performing the wrong kind of routine and eating the wrong things at the wrong times will play more of a factor in restricting your muscle growth than will any of the other genetic factors mentioned above.

Are you eating enough to see sustained muscle growth? Are you performing a weight training and workout routine that is suited to your body type and getting the best out of your genetics?

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