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How Long Does It Take to Build Muscle?


Building muscle isn’t as easy as it may seem. For many people, it doesn’t come quickly. You need extensive amounts of patience and hard work to see the results. It never happens right away. No matter how hard you flex your muscles, they’ll appear the same after each workout. Although, a lot of it depends on the type of body you have.

The most important factor that guarantees proper gains is a good combination of diet and training.

Why do most people fail to gain muscle?

Training the right way and using proper techniques will yield better growth. Unfortunately, most gym enthusiasts are training wrong. Instead of growth, they unwillingly follow the path of resistance. No matter how many hours you spend in the gym, you’ll never reach your goal.


If you want to build muscle, your focus must be on the right techniques that will help you reach your desired body. My best advice here would be to focus on time under tension, which is the only way you can gain mass. The higher the TUT the better and faster the gains will be. This is because when you spend more time under the load, your tissues will expand better that will ultimately result in gains.


The most obvious way to do so is to train to failure. To make it a bit clear, if you are doing one set to failure of a particular exercise, your time under tension is limited to how long it takes to complete that set. Similarly, if you do the same exercise and do six sets with the same reps, your TUT is multiplied by 6.

How Do I Build Muscle Then?

The answer is simple! You must increase the number of sets in order to get results. Once your TUT multiplier is higher, you will notice dramatic changes in your body within 30-45 days, given that the hard work and diet plan is properly executed.


How Much Will My Gains Be Every Month?

Depending on your dedication, workout, diet, and assuming that you are following the right techniques, your gains will be around 1-2 pounds a month.

Those numbers might seem a bit disappointing but that’s the reality. There is no magic pill that will turn you into a behemoth overnight. Steroids are, of course, a risky option and you should never take shortcuts.


To be honest, 1-2 pounds of muscle gain isn’t as having nothing at all. Beginners tend to gain more muscle in the first year, and it gradually lessens with the subsequent years. Adding 10-14 pounds of mass in a period of six months can bring a noticeable change to your body. The best way to track your progress is to take a picture of yourself at the start of each month and then compare it with that handsome guy at the end.


You should also set small goals like how much you want to gain in the upcoming three to six months or a year. Once done, work your ass off to reach that. Get enrolled in a training program, follow a proper diet plan, rest and have the patience to hit your goals successfully.

The Reason Behind Failure?

The reason is they don’t stick to their plans or whatever schedule they are following. The hard work plus the patience required often holds many people back from getting that world-class physique.


To be honest, fear also has the ability to hold you back. Give a sh*t about how other people around you manage to gain such mass on their body. They’ve put in the hard work and time to reach that point. You must focus on your goals no matter how long it takes.

The Diet Magic

More than 75% of what you gain depends on your diet. A proper and well-planned diet will smoothly take you along the path. When you hit the gym your body needs more calories to fuel the muscle growth. Dr. Melina Jampolis, who is a diet and fitness expert, recommends you to consume between 250-500 more calories a day because you’ll be burning enough of them at the gym.

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If you consume at least 20 to 25 grams of high-quality protein such as whey, chicken or egg, near your workout time, it will maximize your muscle growth.

That being said, I hope you have a better vision of how long it will take you to build muscle. Just put in the hard work, take adequate rest, keep yourself hydrated, follow a good diet plan and you’ll be on your track to success.

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