Okay, so you’ve finally gotten over your fear that lifting will make you bulky. Your next thought is probably, “why don’t I have abs yet,” or “ugh why isn’t my booty growing?” How do I know this? Because I’ve done the same thing dozens of times. Rome wasn’t built in a day, ladies! Unfortunately, we’re also at a disadvantage over men (what else is new). According to A Workout Routine, the average man can gain 1-2 pounds of muscle per month, but the average woman can only gain 0.5-1 pound of muscle per month. When I first saw that number, I was shocked. All this work for only 0.5 pound of muscle gain in my whole body! I was trying to do the math in my head, “okay, so that’s .1 pound of muscle to shoulders, .1 pound to my biceps, .1 pound to my legs, .1 pound to my booty, .1 pound to my abs. Ugh!” I came to the realization that I’m going nowhere fast. I was frustrated at first, but then I figured that it’s alright. I’m not looking for a quick fix to my body. Growing muscles takes a lot of work and a lot of time. It was hard to come to terms with, but I’m in this for the long haul. Consistency is key!
*Muscle Growth information taken from A Workout Routine.