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It can be incredibly motivating to see someone’s muscle growth story; their journey from slim to muscle-bound.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eFor aspiring bodybuilders, there are several online resources and forums for muscle growth stories which we’ll share in this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e\/r\/brogress\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.reddit.com\/r\/Brogress\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBrogress\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is a subreddit (a community on Reddit) devoted exclusively to before-and-after images of muscle transformations. All content is user-submitted and non-promotional. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSome of the content focuses on weight loss journeys, but the vast majority of posts are highlighting muscle growth.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe find this subreddit to be a great resource for muscle growth stories because it seems to be a welcoming and motivational community. When people post pictures of their transformation, nearly all of the comments are congratulatory.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBodybuilding.com’s Motivation Section\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodybuilding.com is arguably the premier online resources for all things bodybuilding, and they have \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.bodybuilding.com\/category\/motivation\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ea section of their site\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e dedicated to motivational content.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a good resource for users who don’t want to actively participate, or potentially are early in the bodybuilding journey.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIf you don’t yet have a transformation to share, and want to read muscle growth stories from the sidelines, this is a great option because they update their content frequently. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eA lot of the articles on this section of Bodybuilding.com’s site are personal interviews, which are interesting because you get to know the motivations behind someone who may have the same goals as you in regards to fitness.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003e\/r\/fitness\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.reddit.com\/r\/Fitness\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efitness subreddit\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is one of Reddit’s largest health-related subreddits, with over 8 million members. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eMost of the content on r\/fitness is text-based, so there aren’t as many progress pics as the previous two resources, but there’s such a large quantity of content that it can still be a great resource for muscle growth stories for those willing to search.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe subreddit features a “Physique Phriday” thread with progress photos similar to the content on the r\/brogress subreddit.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBoredPanda’s Transformations Page\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBoredPanda is a content aggregator that has the biggest \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.boredpanda.com\/before-after-body-building-fitness-transformation\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003efitness transformation\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e page we’ve seen. Their page highlights the best before-and-after transformations on the web, and unsurprisingly the post has nearly a million views.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis is a great online resource for muscle growth stories because it features both women and men, while the first three resources were more male-dominated.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIt’s important for both genders to have positive representation in the fitness world. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe highlighted four of the best online resources for real muscle growth stories, and they all take a different angle. r\/brogress is specifically dedicated to transformation pics, while r\/fitness is more generalized with a host of weightlifting content that sometimes includes muscle growth stories.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBodybuilding.com writes personal stories about some of their readers’ fitness journeys, and BoredPanda has maybe the best curated transformations page on the web.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe think that muscle growth stories can be both inspiring and motivating for people who are just starting their bodybuilding journey. Especially if your friend group isn’t active, seeking that motivation online can be the catalyst to commencing a healthy and active life.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2021-11-19T00:30:00-05:00","updated_at":"2022-10-03T19:40:44-04:00","summary_html":"\u003cmeta charset=\"utf-8\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card_yis1o\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"Polaris-Card__Section_1b1h1\"\u003e\n\u003cdiv\u003e\n\u003cp class=\"Sd8DF\"\u003eWe review some of the best resources online for muscle growth stories -- from specific subreddits to online forums. These sites can help inspire people looking to begin strength training.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e","template_suffix":"","handle":"muscle-growth-stories","tags":"_related:exercise, _related:weight-gain"}

Muscle Growth Stories: The Best Online Resources

Muscle Growth Stories: The Best Online Resources


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Gaining muscle is hard, and sometimes external motivation is needed. It can be incredibly motivating to see someone’s muscle growth story; their journey from slim to muscle-bound.

For aspiring bodybuilders, there are several online resources and forums for muscle growth stories which we’ll share in this article.

/r/brogress

Brogress is a subreddit (a community on Reddit) devoted exclusively to before-and-after images of muscle transformations. All content is user-submitted and non-promotional. 

Some of the content focuses on weight loss journeys, but the vast majority of posts are highlighting muscle growth.

We find this subreddit to be a great resource for muscle growth stories because it seems to be a welcoming and motivational community. When people post pictures of their transformation, nearly all of the comments are congratulatory.

Bodybuilding.com’s Motivation Section

Bodybuilding.com is arguably the premier online resources for all things bodybuilding, and they have a section of their site dedicated to motivational content.

This is a good resource for users who don’t want to actively participate, or potentially are early in the bodybuilding journey.

If you don’t yet have a transformation to share, and want to read muscle growth stories from the sidelines, this is a great option because they update their content frequently.

A lot of the articles on this section of Bodybuilding.com’s site are personal interviews, which are interesting because you get to know the motivations behind someone who may have the same goals as you in regards to fitness.

/r/fitness

The fitness subreddit is one of Reddit’s largest health-related subreddits, with over 8 million members. 

Most of the content on r/fitness is text-based, so there aren’t as many progress pics as the previous two resources, but there’s such a large quantity of content that it can still be a great resource for muscle growth stories for those willing to search.

The subreddit features a “Physique Phriday” thread with progress photos similar to the content on the r/brogress subreddit.

BoredPanda’s Transformations Page

BoredPanda is a content aggregator that has the biggest fitness transformation page we’ve seen. Their page highlights the best before-and-after transformations on the web, and unsurprisingly the post has nearly a million views.

This is a great online resource for muscle growth stories because it features both women and men, while the first three resources were more male-dominated.

It’s important for both genders to have positive representation in the fitness world. 

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Conclusion

We highlighted four of the best online resources for real muscle growth stories, and they all take a different angle. r/brogress is specifically dedicated to transformation pics, while r/fitness is more generalized with a host of weightlifting content that sometimes includes muscle growth stories.

Bodybuilding.com writes personal stories about some of their readers’ fitness journeys, and BoredPanda has maybe the best curated transformations page on the web.

We think that muscle growth stories can be both inspiring and motivating for people who are just starting their bodybuilding journey. Especially if your friend group isn’t active, seeking that motivation online can be the catalyst to commencing a healthy and active life.




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