Hey Angels and Alphas,
Gaining muscle can be easier than you think, but it also comes with some difficulties that you might not expect. If you’re new to strength training, or if you’ve been doing it for only a short time, then your biggest challenge will probably be gaining muscle quickly enough to see the results that you want and expect.
If you’ve been lifting for years, however, then your biggest challenge will likely be keeping the muscle that you have and not losing any weight in the process of gaining more mass.
The theory behind it
There are a few theories behind why gaining muscle is easier for beginners. One theory is that when you first start working out, your body isn’t used to the stress of lifting weights and breaks down muscle fibers to repair them, making them larger in the process.
Another theory is that beginners are more likely to have what’s called newbie gains, or rapid muscle growth due to the body’s ability to adapt quickly to new stimulus.
Additionally, people who are just starting their fitness journey are often more dedicated and consistent with their workout routine, which may also contributes to faster gains.
The role of testosterone
Testosterone is a hormone that plays a key role in muscle growth. When levels of testosterone are high, muscles can grow more quickly.
For this reason, beginners often see faster results than those who have been working out for a long time. However, as one continues to train, the body becomes more efficient at using testosterone, making it harder to gain muscle mass.
Luckily, there are several ways to get around this problem: 1) take breaks from lifting weights every now and then; 2) increase training intensity or frequency; 3) use supplements like creatine; 4) increase food intake by eating more protein rich foods such as meat or eggs.
Why beginners gain muscle more easily
One of the reasons gaining muscle gets harder as you grow is because your body adapts to the stimulus you’re putting it under.
The more you train, the more your body becomes efficient at handling that load, which means you have to constantly increase the amount of weight or reps you’re doing in order to continue making gains. Additionally, hormonal changes that occur as we age make it harder to build muscle mass.
As we get older, our testosterone levels naturally decline, which can lead to a decrease in muscle mass. Our bodies also produce less human growth hormone (HGH) as we age, which is another factor that affects muscle building.
Why muscle adaptations get harder as you grow
- When you first start working out, your body isn’t used to the stress of lifting weights. This means that your muscles are more likely to adapt quickly to the new stimulus.
- As you become more experienced, your muscles become better at handling the stress of weightlifting. This means that they don’t grow as quickly as they did when you first started working out.
- The key to continuing to make gains is to progressively overload your muscles by lifting heavier weights or doing more reps with the same weight.
- However, as you get stronger, it becomes increasingly difficult to continue progressing at the same rate.