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How to tell if I've gained muscle?

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How can I tell if I've gained any muscle other then just looking at myself. I mean how can I measure how much weight it muscle I have gained. Everyone is saying well you are gaining muscle and loosing fat that is why the scale is moving slowly or not at all, but I just have to believe that, I don't have a way to check. Is there any way I can find out how much muscle I've gained.
Edited Aug 30 2006 18:37 by Erik
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Get a body fat analyses done regularly (monthly/bi-monthly).  This allows you to calculate your lean body mass (bones, organs, and muscle).  If your lean body mass increases, you can be pretty sure it's because of muscle gain.

If you're currently active in losing weight, you shouldn't expect great gains in muscle mass.  However, keeping track of your body fat % will let you determine if you're losing fat or lean mass.

A skinfold caliper test can be pretty accurate for fat measurement, but make sure the person who administers the test (perhaps yourself) knows how to do it consistently.

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How many push-ups can you do?

I think you gotta go with your gut.  Are you looking more tone? are you getter stronger?  Are you using weights 2-3 times a week.  If you can't answer yes to those, then your probably not gaining muscle.

Best Wishes, Geo
10 pounds of muscle has less mass than 10 pounds of fat.  If you weigh the same, but your clothes are looser, you have burned fat and gained muscle.  You could get a measuring tape and do a monthly measurement of your body inches.

I used to workout at Curves - they had a monthly weigh-in that included a BMI machine and measurements of your upper arm, bust, waist, hips, butt, thighs and calves.  This was a "diet saver" for me.  There were a few months that I felt I had worked really hard to lose weight but the scale wasn't moving.  The BMI and body inches measurements confirmed that I had lost fat and gained muscle. 
Well I have one of those scales that are suppose to show body fat % but itā??s very odd, for instance when I gain water weight my BF % goes down and when I loose water weight it goes up. UGHHH Iā??m confused. How much does muscle weight I mean compared to fat that is.  Every one tells me it weighs more but how much more?
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If your clothes are fitting you more loosely and if you've had to tighten your belt a notch or two, but you have lost little or no weight, then you've gained muscle.
I firmly belive in using a tape measure and take your measurements often.  I haven't lost any significant weight in some months - but I have gone down 2 pant sizes this year so take heart even if the scale isnt moving.
I hate scales I measured today and what do you know I lost inches, wooo ho, but my boobs are gone what to do, this is just sad I am now 31 inces in the bust, anu suggestions, I want them back I look flat **sigh** just sad 

Can you gain weight by building muscle mass?  I mean, could your overall weight increase by weight lifting or are you most likely still gaining fat as well?

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