I'd like to start this post with a quote I took from another thread:
I seam to remember Lyle McDonald saying that one can naturally gain:
year 1: 20 pounds
year 2: 15 pounds
year 3: 5- 10 pounds
years 4: done...
You know, the more I think about it, the more I have to admit that this is the sad reality of the situation for the genetically average lifter. When I first started lifting (with a real program and diet) slightly over 2 years ago, I made rapid and noticeable changes to my physique during the first 9 months or so. After that, I was still making progress, but it wasn't nearly as noticeable in a given time frame. Now, even though my weight and strength are going up and I'm keeping my bf% in check for the most part, the changes are hardly noticeable anymore. I suppose they will always be more noticeable to others than to me, but even I noticed the great gains I was making during the first several months.
It's kind of sad, really. When I first started this lifestyle, I was really excited about it, because I figured it was something that would continue to reward my hard work for years to come, and the results would always be noticeable. Now here I am, after having trained for slightly over two years, and I'm starting to realize that as time goes on, I will have to bust my ass harder and harder for smaller and smaller results. Obviously I am always learning more about what works best for me in terms of training, diet, etc., and can make small modifications to these to optimize my results, but none of them are going to lead to some new explosion in growth.
I'm starting to see now why so many experienced, but not genetically gifted, lifters turn to steriods now. What fun is it in busting your ass day after day for a 1 lb gain in LBM every few months?
Then again, if one is truly at their genetic potential, everything they gain with the AAS will eventually be lost once they stop taking the drugs.
What do you guys all think of this? Can anyone relate to what I am saying?