Blogger suddenly feeling better about slow progress of workout regimen

“To make a change in how you look, you are talking about a significant period of training,” Kraemer said. “In our studies it takes six months to a year.” And, he added, that is with regular strength-training workouts, using the appropriate weights and with a carefully designed individualized program. “That is what the reality is,” he said.

And genetic differences among individuals mean some people respond much better to exercise than others, said Mark Tarnopolsky, an exercise researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.