Who do you want to be?
The clock is ticking. Are you becoming the person you want to be? — Greg Plitt
Most men will work out for years but never reach this level of physique. But for the average male on the ideal male body program, the physique above is just six to eight months away. And yes, that includes both building muscle and losing fat.
After another few months, bodybuilding correctly will land you a built physique like the one below:
To estimate how long it will take you to reach the first physique above, this guide comes with a free spreadsheet that you can use to follow along. Just follow these steps to get it:
- If you have a google account, it’s File → Make a copy
- If you don’t have a google account, File → Download → Microsoft Excel
- Don't worry if it says some parts "weren't able to be recovered", it will still work!
As a male beginner, you can expect to gain about 2.5lb(1.1kg) of lean muscle mass each month, slowing down to about 1lb(0.5kg) gained per month at the intermediate stage [1, 2]. As you continue to make progress in your weightlifting journey, your rate of muscle growth will continue to decline, but there’s no need to panic.
If your main motivation for working out is to become more attractive, realize that you don’t need to gain a ridiculous amount of muscle (as discussed previously). You just need enough to balance out your physique!
When women are asked which physique above is more attractive, the majority of them pick the option on the right. Why? Because that guy has a more proportionate and slim body. Having more muscle isn't necessarily better, but having more muscle in the right places is.
The cheat sheet
As this guide progresses it will get a bit wordy. This is on purpose so that every little detail—from how to best gain muscle to the supplements that are worth buying—is covered.
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