Time frame for noticeable improvement?

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  1. Hooah

    Hooah White Belt

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    Hey guys,

    I've been reading a lot of threads here, and it seems that most of you are legit aficionados of strength training and whatnot.

    Anyway, I'm 18 and have been with a trainer for about a month and a half. I train with him once a week and work independently 2-3 other times during the week. When we started toward the end of January, I was a (measly) 158, and I'm about 170 now. Ok improvement, but definitely not astronomical.

    Initially, many of my training sessions consisted of isometric work, the floor stuff (that I find the most difficult...). We've only recently moved into the machines, which now consume most of our one hour sessions. During the week, I try to repeat previous lessons with the same technique, weight, reps and intensity.

    My question is, for someone of my body type (slender, 6'3) and age, what is a reasonable time frame to expect the physical changes I'm after? I'm not in any type of a hurry, as I want to train correctly and with longevity in mind, but I just want to understand what I'm up against.

    My trainer told me that two months is typically the length of time before you start to notice alterations in one's physique.

    Thanks for your help!
     
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    If that's what you truly care about, you're in the wrong forum.

    You want here
     
  3. ChaseT.

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    Since you didn't mention any goals, I'm going to have to consult my ouija board. BRB
     
  4. Urban

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    yes.

    And ditch your trainer or tell him you refuse to do a machine based routine. Freeweights ftw.
     
  5. Hooah

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    Oh, sorry man.

    Thanks.

    EDIT: I just looked at the site. Joke, much?. :icon_twis
     
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    Well given that your doing isolation exercises on machines. I would say a year or so would be a reasonable timeframe to see improvement. Two years at the max. If you ever wipe the sand out of your vagina and start doing heavy compound lifts. I would say 6 months till you can toss your "trainer" around like the granola eating sissy he is.
     
  7. Hooah

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    Goals....I don't know what an adequate weight is for someone of my height. I'd probably want to get closer to 200 with as little body fat as possible.

    I'll tell you, my 170 lb. frame as of now looks like another hundred pounds would hardly make a dent. :redface:
     
  8. ChaseT.

    ChaseT. Banned Banned

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    Hmmm...my ouija board says that you have a homosexual crush on somebody named HAENEL. It also said you want ript bicepts and jakt fibras. I'm not sure I know how to help you with either situation.

    Edited for misspelling.
     
  9. Hooah

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    So, apparently "Trainer" around here is like yelling "Fire" in a theater, huh?

    He's actually going to be on American Gladiator next season, so he's not quite the vegan my lifeless words may make him seem.

    This is more entertaining than helpful, but oh well.
     
  10. Merrill

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    Ouija board is indicating 666. GTFO! Save your souls.
     
  11. ChaseT.

    ChaseT. Banned Banned

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    If I were 6'3", I'd have to be at least 240.
     
  12. Merrill

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    He will most likely get pwned.
     
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    edit... Jumped the gun on that one. You may want to take your ouija board in for service, the spell check is out of whack.

    on a semi-related note, IP trackers are an amazing thing...
     
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    The problem is we would essentially tell you to do something completely different than what trainer is telling you. So, it's hard for us to tell you what kind of "gains" to expect when we hate the exercises you're doing.

    If it's been 2-3 months of working out 3-4 times a week and you're not happy, then my guess is the program you're on isn't working.

    Follow the advice of some of the people have posted in this thread. Start lifting heavy free weights in compound movements. Check out the FAQ if that doesn't make sense.
     
  16. Hooah

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    Alright, guys, thanks for the advice -- I appreciate the honesty and differences of opinion.

    Cheers.
     
  17. Merrill

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    What does the IP Tracker indicate?
     
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    Sacrifice some kids to Odin and you'll make instant gains.
     
  19. Merrill

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    *Goes to find kids. Preferrably retarded with a lisp*
     
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    Lets just say Urban now knows about your late night visits to Shemalemidgets&sheep.com.
     

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