Hey just wondering what’s your take on people who have claimed to gain something like 40 pounds of muscle in a year as a beginner? I guess that would be “wet” muscle as apposed to dry muscle maybe that would be the difference? Just curious…
A lot of it has to do with Juvenile muscle growth, or just young growth in general (I explored this when writing Anabolic Again).
If you look at standard height and weight growth curves, men are expected to gain about 20 pounds between the ages of 16 and 20 (they also gain a couple inches in height).
Add in weight training during this same time and you can see where people get close to 40 pound claims.
The other things is that since lean body mass is related to height, these larger claims also come from taller people.
Gaining 15 pounds of muscle over a summer is possible for a 19 year old pro athlete who is 6’4″.
It’s a little different for a 34 year old who is 5’10″ and has been training for 20 years (not going to happen without drugs).