The dream of many men is in a short time and without much effort to build a muscular body. As you can understand, this is of course not realistic and you really have to work hard for it. But what is feasible? How many months or years does it take to build up that muscular torso and what do you have to pay attention to? I explain to you the basics on the basis of 4 important steps.

How fast do you build muscle mass?

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We know from experience that beginning male athletes can build up about 3-5 kilograms of muscles in an optimal situation in the first year. For starting female athletes this is about 2-3 kilograms. In addition, the amount of muscle mass that we can build up annually after this first year decreases. This is also called the reduced surplus yield . In short, stories about ‘gaining’ 5-10 kilos of muscle mass in a few months is not realistic. Do you want to know more about this subject? Then read this article about muscle mass.

Step 1: Motivation and Behavior

Everything starts with the right motivation and a good plan. If you are not really motivated, I can say with 90% certainty that you are not achieving your goal.

Consistency is very important for the development of muscle strength and muscle mass . In other words, the months / years of your training, diet and that gives your body enough rest. Do you skip your training for a few months? Or are you sloppy with your diet or sleep pattern? Then you can forget your progress! In short, give priority to your goal.

It is important to understand what motivates you and what your obstacles are. A good plan helps you with this. Read here about drafting a plan that suits you.

Tip: Find people around you who motivate you. This way you will keep it longer.

Step 2: Training

To build muscle mass, you must start with strength training . In strength training it is advisable to work as a starting athlete with a training schedule. This way you know better what you are doing and whether you are on the right track. We are happy to help you on your way with our free example fitness plans and this comprehensive article explains how to set up your own training schedule. Furthermore, I advise you to take a closer look at the training and training laws . Furthermore, I advise you to go through these two extensive articles about progressive overload and these handy training tips from coach Nick.

Step 3: Nutrition

By only diving into the gym, you are not there yet. You should also pay attention to your diet. If you want to speed up the process of muscle building, I advise you to eat more than you need. Your muscle cells need energy and proteins to grow.

For proteins, proteins are important for muscle building. Your body needs about 1.4 to 1.8 grams of protein per kilogram of body weight to effectively build up muscle mass. For example, a man weighing 80 kilograms must eat about 120-150 grams of protein. But also pay attention to the number of carbohydrates and healthy fats . Do you want to know more about this and what the right ratio is? Here you can read what a good distribution of the macronutrients is.

Step 4: Recovery

Building muscle mass is very difficult if you sleep too little and do not maintain a good work-rest ratio. Give sleep priority! The amount of sleep you need differs per person. Generally you have slept well enough when you wake up well rested. Sleep is important because your body recovers at night so that your body recovers faster and your mind prepares for a tough workout and workday. Do not underestimate this part! Do you want to know more about this subject? Read more about the role of sleep here .

In addition to sleep, it is also important to build up your training and also plan periods where you can restore your body from all those heavy training sessions. How you build this sensibly, coach Erik explains you in this article about periodisation .