Hey, just have quick a question here. I was hoping someone knowledgeable could solve a dispute I’m having. My bud is in school for physical therapy, and he was trying to tell me that the first 6 weeks of lifting you aren’t gaining any muscle, just that muscle fiber is being activiated more… basically he was saying the nerves are coming back to life.
I have heard that a lot of the strength gains in the first several weeks are from this, so I don’t doubt that strength gains in the beginning are partially due to this.
However, I have stopped lifting, then started again several times in my life, and I get bigger during the first 6 weeks each time. Is he wrong? I’m pretty sure that you can gain muscle during the first 6 weeks (along with whatever turbocharging your nerves are going through).
The first 6 weeks is when I tend to gain the most weight. If he’s wrong, why do you think a PT professor would be saying you can’t gain muscle for the first 6 weeks of training?