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After how many years do you stop gaining results?

Somebody once told me that you will gain the majority of results within the first 2 years of weight trainning, after that its more of a maintenence thing. Does this have any truth to it? I certainly hope not.

That’s bull. I got my best gains my 3rd year of training and onwards. If you constantly change variables and training style you will not stagnate after just 2 years.

If you’re training and eating correctly, then the first year or two can bring the fastest gains. Like I wrote in my “Diet Manifesto” article, you go from doing nothing to doing something, the results come on fast.

The catch is, how many total newbies train or eat perfectly in the beginning? I didn’t. The gains came pretty fast compared to years later, but I never even squatted the first year.

I believe that most people claim they’re at a genetic peak when actually, there’s a fault somewhere, probably in their diets. They miss the big picture. They train using the most advanced techniques, yet they eat like girls. They obsess about stuff that doesn’t make much of a difference in the end (like what time of day to take their multivitamins) yet they don’t squat, eat enough protein, or get adequate sleep.

So, the newbie stage can bring fast gains, but you don’t peak out in two years. I gained over 10 this year and I’ve been at it for a lot longer than two years.

I am 36 and have been training pretty hard for 18 years. I was more or less stagnant regarding gains up until about three years ago when I began modifying my training and diet. I do not make great gains in the strength department as I my total in the big three excercises is relatively high Vs. my bodyweight. But I have been gaining. I am convinced that my lifts would skyrocket if I decided to put on weight. So, you will gain quick if you are a novice, but if you train hard and eat right, I think you can continue to put up some numbers until the day your maker calls.