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    building muscle..time wise

    My question is. How soon do you start to build muscle when you start to do more physical activity?

    Is it hours, days, weeks?

    Other than it becomes easier to accomplish, how do you know your building muscle?

    Thanks

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    how soon do you start building muscle, or how soon do you start building muscle you notice? those are two different things. when you stress a muscle during a workout, you create little tiny tears in the tissue. as the tissue rebuilds, it gets bigger and stronger. so, technically, you're building muscle in the first days of exercising.
    but, building muscle that you can actually notice takes longer. i think it's about 6 weeks, but i can't be sure about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by primalrob View Post
    how soon do you start building muscle, or how soon do you start building muscle you notice? those are two different things. when you stress a muscle during a workout, you create little tiny tears in the tissue. as the tissue rebuilds, it gets bigger and stronger. so, technically, you're building muscle in the first days of exercising.
    but, building muscle that you can actually notice takes longer. i think it's about 6 weeks, but i can't be sure about that.
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I am struggling at the moment, I am not a huge fan of exercise, mild/moderate at times.
    But I started to implement riding my exercise bike and lifting 10 lb weights with my arms in the last week.
    What I don't like is that I feel hungry, my clothes are fitting tighter and I have gained weight. This isn't the direction I was hoping it was going to take me. Frustrated at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by goinggrok View Post
    Thanks for your thoughts.

    I am struggling at the moment, I am not a huge fan of exercise, mild/moderate at times.
    But I started to implement riding my exercise bike and lifting 10 lb weights with my arms in the last week.
    What I don't like is that I feel hungry, my clothes are fitting tighter and I have gained weight. This isn't the direction I was hoping it was going to take me. Frustrated at the moment.
    hunger, slimming down, and losing weight are all overwhelmingly related to diet more than exercise. so, for now, just eating primal will make you feel better and get to a place where you might be more comfortable exercising. then, once you get a taste for primal movement, you'll start to feel invincible. but, it all takes time.
    keep on that stationary bike, take a walk whenever you can, play, and put a lot of attention on what you are eating. frustrations will come and go. the best exercise you can do is to practice patience.

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    Depends on how much activity, what kind, and what you eat. And a million other things.
    If you want to put on muscle mass your best bet is to lift heavy weights 2-3x a week. Full body routine. Squats, deads, the works. Stick to compound movements. Eat lots of protein. Watch your muscles grow.

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    Changes occur immediately on a neurological, metabolic, and even structural level.

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    Are you female? You may not see huge muscle changes, especially lifting only 10lbs. I am lifting heavy as I can (since October) and I can feel muscles all over that I didn't have before. But I can't really see visually any difference anywhere.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sbhikes View Post
    Are you female? You may not see huge muscle changes, especially lifting only 10lbs. I am lifting heavy as I can (since October) and I can feel muscles all over that I didn't have before. But I can't really see visually any difference anywhere.
    Yes and damn near identical to your stats...i only lift 10 lbs cause I have bad neck and shoulders. In fact after snow shovelling 4 times yesterday, its out of whack again Funny thing is that even with what I have done physically. I don't feel any aches or pains. I even do 1 min on 9 resistance on my bike (second highest) Haven't had any leg pain at all. This is just so weird for me. I almost want to stop being active to lose the numbers on the scale

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    Quote Originally Posted by goinggrok View Post
    Yes and damn near identical to your stats...i only lift 10 lbs cause I have bad neck and shoulders. In fact after snow shovelling 4 times yesterday, its out of whack again Funny thing is that even with what I have done physically. I don't feel any aches or pains. I even do 1 min on 9 resistance on my bike (second highest) Haven't had any leg pain at all. This is just so weird for me. I almost want to stop being active to lose the numbers on the scale
    Are your numbers closer to our colleague's beginning stats or current stats?

    If you are only lifting 10lb weights, you aren't going to put on any appreciable muscle mass - certainly not enough to make your clothes tighter or to create a gain on the scale! What's more likely the case is that you have some general inflammation - and the increased appetite led to the other kind of weight gain...

    That being said, sticking to the routine is still a good idea - just be careful about the diet. Unless you are going to start doing big lifts, you won't increase actual muscle size. Your muscles will just appear bigger as you lose weight. In reality, though, if you go from a BMI of about 30 to one of about 25, your muscles will likely get smaller, since they don't have as much weight to carry around any more! They will be more functional and look better, but their mass will decrease as well.

    On a side note, could you send some of that snow down here - we haven't had a real winter in 3 years!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Philosopher Dan View Post
    Are your numbers closer to our colleague's beginning stats or current stats?

    If you are only lifting 10lb weights, you aren't going to put on any appreciable muscle mass - certainly not enough to make your clothes tighter or to create a gain on the scale! What's more likely the case is that you have some general inflammation - and the increased appetite led to the other kind of weight gain...

    That being said, sticking to the routine is still a good idea - just be careful about the diet. Unless you are going to start doing big lifts, you won't increase actual muscle size. Your muscles will just appear bigger as you lose weight. In reality, though, if you go from a BMI of about 30 to one of about 25, your muscles will likely get smaller, since they don't have as much weight to carry around any more! They will be more functional and look better, but their mass will decrease as well.

    On a side note, could you send some of that snow down here - we haven't had a real winter in 3 years!
    5'3" 47 yo F 170 ish now...was 165. I do 10 lbs upper body and bike ride at 5 tension then 6 5 min each then 7&8 for 2 min each then 9 for 1 min. My legs are not sore considering I do walking and once in awhile x country skiing ( snow permitting) I will gladly send you snow...but you have to take the cold with it

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