How long does it realistically take? I'm not saying like Jay Culter body I'm saying like those in Men's health even, yeah lets lower our expectation!
I'm an ecto or a hardgainer I don't know how to call myself these days but I remember on one of gyms that I entered they have this fancy equipment called the Inbody bio-impedance. According to the result it would take me 3 months to gain a pound of lean muscle! So I don't how to call my situation other than a person who might not get muscle!
I ask one guy in this website he said it took him 10 years to get the body that he wanted. And I was like 10 years! I mean I'm already 27 so that would mean it would take me 37 to get there? By that time I'd really old and no one would care about how good my body looked like. And yes aging can hamper your growth each your with your testosterone dwindling!
Sometime I just feel disappointed at times especially having to measure my progress at least a month because I know I personally took the time to get to the gym, I had to do double rides (3rd world concept) in jeep to get to the gym. My work is 6 1/2 day a week which starts from 8am-6pm, which very little FOR ANYTHING even for social life. And only to see that you've NOT again anything in sometimes I gain more weight and got a little fatter than usual!
And when I get to the gym I see some dudes who barely lift! Seriously barely does weight lifting at all! And yet he really look super huge although he lack development in his legs, to which I believe he doesn't care about it! But just the fact that everytime I get to see him he barely does anything! Carries a weight here and there barely drop bead of sweat on his head for sure! Oh yeah chats it up all the time! Although he is way younger than me but I doubt be in that body even I was younger!
And yes I often wonder how alot these new Superhero movies like Capn America, I mean Chris Evan claims he's an ecto, which I doubt!
There a youtube video out there which this website seem to refuse to attached with but it says he did it in four weeks!
Four weeks is that possible? I'm not sure this was his workout regiment on Capn America though I hear that it was much tougher than this was I think.
And he says that he eat chicken breast non stop!
He says it was his first time to weight training! Although I have to admit he's athletic looking even before!
Yeah there's also Henry Cavill!
He looked like this on Tudors:
Then looked like this immortal:
Then finally looked super massive on Superman:
I mean seriously I'm like looking at myself and like HOW THE HELL!!! Especially w/ Henri Cavill SERIOUSLY!
Don't get me wrong I see major benefits doing weight training.
Although on a positive note someone in gym did compliment me looking bigger,which in my head my I was thinking on he could assume that since he barely has seen me lol.
I gained weight when I started posting in this website I think I started around 140 and Now I'm like 157 its hard to again any weight and I feel like majority of that again is fat as well!
10-27-2011, 10:58 AM #1
How long does it take to get a bodybuilders body?
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10-27-2011, 11:21 AM #2
Well #1, people in hollywood have access to top personal trainers, people who cook and put all their meals together for them and tell them when to do every single little thing. It's pretty much a cookie cutter process and oh yeah, steroids.
Sorry, but you dont put on 20 lbs of a muscle in a month on your own.
In a business where what you look like is pretty much the be all end all of your career, its not hard to see why. Steroids are alot more common than people think.
EDIT: Before the flame wars start, im not insinuating or suggesting in the least that any of the above named people are drug users. All im saying is.... educate yourself, use some common sense and the answers are pretty clear.
Also, I probly should have answered your question - to go from a skinny dude to something like that above, is going to take a while. Maybe a couple years, it all depends on how dedicated you are, how strict you keep your diet, and what kind of genetics you have.
Nothing happens in 30 days or 2 weeks or anything like that. All those magazines just sell nonsense and fairytales.
10-27-2011, 11:56 AM #3
I've been somewhat consistent although have done wrong things here and there!
Sigh yes I guess I have to settle w/ this my crappy body! Seriously even if they say they protein non stop? At least that's what they say!
10-27-2011, 01:18 PM #4
Uh, what ?
#1, steroids was the last thing I mentioned over the other equally important advantages but yes, its pretty obvious in alot of hollywood cases. You can tell by using common sense, ie, its physically impossible to gain 25lbs of muscle in 30 days even though they claim **** like that all the time. All these celebrities run in alot of the same circles and the personal training business at that high end of hollywood is probobly making a fine penny.
Steroids will help you get alot bigger and fitter, alot faster. That is, if youre already training and eating really well, and already in decent shape.
#2, yes, it does take a good amount of time. 10-15lbs of solid lean mass per YEAR is a more realistic goal to hope for.
#3, Judging from your protein comment, you really should start in the nutrition section and nail down your eating habits. I dont care how often or effectively you try and train - if you have no idea what youre eating or why, youre not going to get very good results and no offense, but if what you've been eating all this time has gotten you the body you have... then, well, think about that for a minute.
You wont find too many if anyone around that looks great and eats garbage.
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10-29-2011, 08:58 PM #13
Thats the wrong question to ask. To get a bodybuilders body you need more then time. Your effectiveness of your training, your love for your training, your passion for bodybuilding will determine your how and when your body changes.
Everybody's body is different. You will go through something no one else has experienced. It took me 20 years to win the national title of Mr. Australia. But thinking of it in terms of time will burn you out.
The questions you need to be asking yourself are:
How much do I love training
why do I want to train
what else do I have in my life besides training
how bad do you actually want to be a bodybuilder.
What are you doing it for? yourself? others?
If you type in "oz pinoy" in youtube my channel with my journey and many of our instructional videos are on there.
10-30-2011, 12:34 AM #14
Bodynbeauty covered alot of what I was going to say. Genetics can also play a pretty substantial role as well. Not to mention it also depends on whether you figure out what your body responds to best early on. But all in all you would be pretty suprised how quickly one can make serious gains with the right routine and good nutrition. Or you can be like me and work out terribly.. on a terrible routine with a terrible diet and still somehow stay lean.(That would be genetics).
And to the guy saying its impossible to put on that kind of muscle on your own I beg to differ. I started lifting while in the military around 21 years old. In the first couple of months I went from 130 to about 165. Id go on 8 month dry spells of no weights due to deployments then Id start up again. I did that a couple times then got out when my time was up. Early on when I first started to lift I stuck to the basic movements and they seem to yeild the best results for obvious reasons.
10-30-2011, 11:00 AM #15
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10-30-2011, 12:16 PM #16
I recommend taking a more day-to-day approach to things. If you're expecting to look good in 10 years, you'll quickly get bored and lose motivation. Think of it this way, every day you work hard and give that extra 1%, you get better and better.
I would also strongly recommend finding hobbies/ other things to distract you and keep you motivated. For instance, get a gym buddy and go there together. Join a "gain the most muscle until new year" competition or some such. Try to make "fitness/nutrition/whatever you're doing" more of a side thing like brushing your teeth and combing your hair in the morning and it'll get much easier.
10-30-2011, 05:06 PM #17
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I started at 27 or 28, made a ton of progress my first year! I also had a very optimistic attitude going into it and enjoyed every step of the process and still do. The majority of the time I am not even goal oriented or worried about results. I just became somebody that worked out, became knowledgeable in lifting and nutrition, enjoy the lifestyle and I my body started reflecting the way I live.
look at it more positively, challenge yourself and enjoy it, you only have one life and will get older every day I plan on being in better shape when I'm 40 than I am now, and the road to that goal will be very beneficial whether or not I get thereMy workout, sup, nutrition log http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=138799053
10-30-2011, 06:27 PM #18
Here the things that I will admit that I made mistakes from:
1.) I work out on average 5-6 in a week. They say its overtraining, but I don't feel sore after everywork thus I am trying to make sure I get alot volume of workouts into it. I still don't know what the hell it is.
2.) According to you guys I haven't eaten that much. OKey I am trying I have gained weight I think I started out 145 not I'm 154! Somehow I feel that its FAT! I don't believe for one second that its any muscle to it. I can see it! I haven't update my pics though I'm disappointed in myself.
3.) Compound exercises! Its hard I haven't tried any except for Squats and Deadlifts, I wanna try Bench Pressing but I'm don't know how will spot for me! In fact despite the COST I am forcing myself to hire a trainer to get me into the basics of compound movements.
I giving this one more year! After this I'm totally gonna need to find other ways to be healthy! I'll post pics if I must just to prove progress is LOW!
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10-31-2011, 01:57 AM #19
What is your routine looking like? There is another thread under exercises called the big 7 I suggest you read that and start implimenting those into your routine. If you arent already doing so you need to keep track of the reps and weights you use each time you work out for each exercise. This is how the progressive overload principle works. The 2.5lb weights are your best friend in this case since every week or 2 you could add them to the barbell. Learn all the movements first before you start adding heavy weight.
You should probably start off with something simple like a 2 day split routine Upper/lower. I cycle through a few different routines when I'm in serious mode but a 2 day split routine is still something I use from time to time. Its very basic and very basic is what you need right now. Are you training with explosiveness? or to failure? or both on your exercises.. or are you the type of guy who just goes through the motions day in and day out?
Maybe I should focus in strength screw getting JACKED!
Start keeping a log book its the best way to progress no matter what.
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10-31-2011, 04:58 AM #21
all ima say is being unrealistic will get u know where u can achieve anything just gotta want it BAD ENOUGH i go 2 the gym everyday eat pretty decent and get results however i promise you if your not giving it your all dont expect results dont even think about supplements till u have ur mindset set in your training and diet i just turned 15 and im doing really well its all about the effort its quite simple know one said it would be easy just very worth it in the end
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10-31-2011, 07:47 AM #23
Right now I'm trying this ebook I got from a filesharing site called Permanent Muscle by Rueben Bajada. I've learned something though, its hard doing this alone 95% of the time I am clueless!
I can do Squats, I can do deadlifts. I wanna do Bench presses but I don't have spotter and I can't for the life of me do dips and pulls up, it is super hard. I can barely 15 pushups lol, yeah that's how pathetic it is!
I think the only place where I have muscle right now is my bicep and quads those were the comments I got from the trainer that I plan to hire! At $150 12 sessions OMG! Need to save!
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10-31-2011, 09:42 PM #25
One things for sure something wrong w/ me! I don't why! I tried chowing down a pint ice everyday for one month and barely got fat! You try it see if you don't FAT! I'm tired of shoving food in mouth only to gain fat and no muscle! Its depressing!
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11-01-2011, 01:58 AM #27
Cause I tested that my body still had the same size!
And please w/ the TED my work puts me in the cashiers area, if I were moving alot that would be counterproductive.
And no breaks on my part lunch is serve in where I sit!
11-01-2011, 07:13 AM #28
If your talking about Mr.Olympia or people in Hollywood then the answer would be years of steroids and less then a year for hollywood. Steroids does wonders on speeding up progress. It's a shame they are illegal without a prescription.Check out my daily fat loss logs here to getting shredded.
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11-01-2011, 09:29 AM #29
No not really looking to become some Mr. Olympia maybe those hollywood physiques, I just feel that I'm wasting my time!
How could you control something your own body refuses to do it?
Its like when I was in my teenage years being Filipino I was short and I did everything, and that was a WASTE of TIME!
To rely on your own genetics to produce a results. Comparing that to losing weight, its much easier to lose weight because its all about caloric intake, all is dependent on your food intake. Muscles are a different story even w/ proper stimulus your body can outright reject all of it if it wants to. I mean even the best well experience builders go into plateau and they understand the science to muscle to the tee! And still baffles them why they can no longer produce the growth!
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