At first it was pretty quick. I followed a program that had me add weight each week. I added 5lbs each week to lower body and 2.5lbs each week (using big washers I bought online) for upper body. A lot of the quick progress is just your body getting used to doing this kind of exercise, but still at some point I was used to it and building real strength and muscle.
Originally Posted by ErinF
The progress has slowed a lot lately (I guess these beginner programs like Starting Strength only work for a few months anyway) and I've dropped back some of the weights and have switched to a slower program. I have built noticeable muscle though, especially in my back, shoulders and upper arms. Not something anybody on the street would see, but my boyfriend notices. The best part is I feel really peppy and healthy now.
Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.