For the past 7 weeks, I have been lifting weights with the primary goal of building muscle mass. I’ve made some progress in strength, muscle mass, and strength-endurance gains. Ever since the first week I have tried to keep a realistic expectation of gaining about 1 lb. of muscle per month (which is what I’ve been gaining so far according to my weekly skinfold measurements and daily weight scale measurements.
However, as of last week I changed my entire weightlifting as my weightlifting class at the community college I go to ended 2 weeks ago and the coaches or instructors in the school don’t allow anyone to use the gym unless you are enrolled in a weightlifting class or a student athlete at the school.
Currently, I have a busy schedule of classes and I continue to practice martial arts so I don’t have the time this semester to be in another weightlifting class that goes on for 3 hours a day for 4 weekdays. Anyways, since last week I have been working with weights at home including a set of 2.5-25 lbs. weight plates with a 10lb. barbell and dumbells with spinlocks. It’s been a full body routine for 2 days week with mostly compounds movements and I now do the exercises at a slightly faster pace during each set. Now, I’ve read that when you either start lifting weights for hypertrophy as a beginner or you introduce new exercises or suddenly use much greater resistance in old exercises that most of your strength gains will be due to neural factors and not to muscle hypertrophy (even up to 8 weeks).
So my question is that while I know they say that in general you should change your workouts about every 2-8 weeks, would that actually be detrimental to building muscle mass or no?