I posted this in another forum here, it got just a bit of attention, thought it may get better here
At a link and video/written piece this guy states the best-case scenario (Without roids or growth hormone I presume) the most muscle you can gain is 5 lbs in a year of working out & training nearly flawlessly unless you are one of the very rare genetic types.
I a novice, do any of you experienced people think this is right? This guy is really built, so you'd think he knows what he is talking about.
What gets me is that when I lose very little weight, like just 2 lbs in a week (I am obese still, but have lost quite a bit since Jan.) some people tell me I am gaining muscle from lifting weights for 30 mins, 3 to 4 days a week. Which would be likely bogus if you can only gain at most 5 lbs of muscle in a year anyway, and that's from training a lot harder than I am.
I can't post links yet, I am too new and have not quite enough posts for it to let me do it, but do a search on "scooby workshop" and go to the "Bulking Up" section. And this below is what is written on the page:
"There is a LOT of bad information out there and people have a very warped view of what are reasonable expectations for putting on muscle thru weightlifting. Lets talk about teens and growth first, during the ages 16-22, teens are growing fast. In this time they are getting taller, adding body mass, and getting stronger all as part of the normal growth process without lifting a single weight. The reason this is important is that many times you hear anecdotes of teens who add 20lbs in one year lifting weights, well the truth is that they would have added 15lbs anyway thru the normal growth process, only the last 5lbs was actually muscle was actually added thru the weightlifting.
So what is a reasonable expectation for how much muscle you can add in a year thru weightlifting? Well if you lift with intensity 5 days a week for an hour a day all year long AND have proper nutrition (more on that later), you can expect to add 5lbs muscle per year if you are a hard gainer and 10lbs muscle if you are one of the gifted few. Doesn't sound like a lot you can do this year after year and slowly those slowly 5lb gains really add up. Picture yourself a decade later with 50lbs muscle on!
OK, now lets discuss how to gain muscle, as I said before you need to lift weights and have proper nutrition. Lets talk about resistance training first. You have to lift weights to get stronger and gain muscle. Mass follows strength, you cant get bigger without getting stronger. Here are workout plans for beginner, intermediate or advanced bodybuilders. Now lets talk about the dedication required. You cant add muscle by flitting around the gym now and then. Remember I said that you could expect to add 5lbs muscle (10 if you are lucky) if you worked really hard? Well this is the "work really hard part" - it means 5 days a week of intense lifting. Just being IN a gym an hour a day does nothing, chatting your buddies while standing near weights doesn't make your muscles grow - you need intense, focused workout sessions. Check out my section on "Focus" to see what I mean by that.
Believe it or not, lifting weights is the EASY part of gaining muscle, nutrition is the hard part. The #1 reason bodybuilders have poor results is not because they don't work out hard enough but because their nutrition sucks. It can take up to FIVE days for the muscles to rebuild after a workout and during that time you need a constant intake of protein. Your body can't store protein up so just having a huge steak with dinner will not work if you want to gain muscle, you need to take your protein in 6 small, even doses spread evenly through out the day to insure your recovering muscles always have the amino acids they need to rebuild. Nobody said bodybuilding was easy. The first thing you need to know about nutrition are some numbers. How many calories do you need in each meal and how many grams of protein do you need in each meal...."
So what do you guys think of this? What does he mean? I don't think he's just talking about experienced lifters either, if you read what he posted in the "bulking" section on his scooby workshop site.