A couple of years ago, at the height of the notorious 'dad bod' craze, people started to realize that Drake was ripped. He had been training for over three years, but the world only noticed when his Instagram page suddenly started heating up. Of course, like most other things, Drake has turned into a trend, and his followers flocked to gyms around the world on a body transformation quest to get 'swoll' like Champagne Papi.

Now, this is not to say that everyone who takes the benefits of exercise seriously these days is doing it because of Drake, but it's clear that 'making gains' is back in style, and people are going from skinny to shredded faster than half of us can blink. If it's done right, building muscle mass can actually give a lot of health benefits - prolong your lifespan and improve cardiovascular and bone health - as well as increase your chances of people sliding in the DM. Faster isn't always better, though. Each person inherits different strengths and weaknesses from the gene pool, so it's important to take your time and found out what gym workout is best for your unique body. To dispel that last little thought in your head, no - steroids are never a good option unless you want to add the increased risk of heart disease and stroke to your exercise routine.

Here at Bored Panda, we decided to compile a list of people who bulked up big-time and barely look like the same people in their 'before' photos, from women fitness maniacs to guys who have managed to get ripped using no exercise equipment at all. We've also included the timespan of their progress, but keep in mind that everyone builds at a different pace!

#1

2 Years Progress

2 Years Progress

PphilS Report

#2

3 Years Of Transformation

3 Years Of Transformation

victorianiamh , victorianiamh Report

Caroline Gagne
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor girl ...love to see she start eating and feeling stronger 🤘

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#3

6 Months, 24 Years Old, From 137lbs To 160lbs

6 Months, 24 Years Old, From 137lbs To 160lbs

CurlzForGurlz Report

#4

4 Years And 40 Pound Difference

4 Years And 40 Pound Difference

victorialazo Report

#5

After Having 3 Surgeries, I Finally Got Back To Doing What I Love... Back In The Gym And Playing Football. One Month Apart

After Having 3 Surgeries, I Finally Got Back To Doing What I Love... Back In The Gym And Playing Football. One Month Apart

Karl Tucker Report

Katie Smith
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Congrats and props to you sir. Life with a stoma is HARD. And you are kicking ass. You are an inspiration, thank you for sharing xx

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#6

4.5 Month Body Transformation

4.5 Month Body Transformation

JuMa Twins Report

Max Roma
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please stop telling people they can achieve this result in such a short amount of time, unless you want to suggest the use of illegal (and dangerous) stuff. This will demotivate anyone that will try to improve their body when facing the harsh reality: gaining mass in a natural way requires A LOT of time.

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#7

From 42 Kg To 53 Kg. When I First Started Working Out I Just Transformed My Obsession For Food Into An Obsession For Fitness And “Living Healthy”

From 42 Kg To 53 Kg. When I First Started Working Out I Just Transformed My Obsession For Food Into An Obsession For Fitness And “Living Healthy”

cori.mant Report

#8

From 100lbs To 140lbs In 2 Years

From 100lbs To 140lbs In 2 Years

rchrdp305 Report

#9

3 month Transformation Of A Father-Of-Three, 45 Years Old

3 month Transformation Of A Father-Of-Three, 45 Years Old

myprotein.com Report

#10

2 Years And About A 5lb Difference Between Pictures

2 Years And About A 5lb Difference Between Pictures

alexredmondfit Report

#11

4 Years Of Lifting

4 Years Of Lifting

lewlittlefitness Report

#12

5 Years Transformation

5 Years Transformation

muscleandstrength.com Report

Antonio Luiz
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's is "normal", a 5 year transformation, no one get a transformation in 3 months without drugs or surgery.

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#13

1.5 Years Of Lifting, Never Skipping A Workout, Barely Drinking Alcohol And Eating A Ton Of Food

1.5 Years Of Lifting, Never Skipping A Workout, Barely Drinking Alcohol And Eating A Ton Of Food

jillesme Report

#14

My 6 Month Transformation From 105 To 140 Lbs

My 6 Month Transformation From 105 To 140 Lbs

Urbut Report

#15

1.5 Year Transformation

1.5 Year Transformation

Inthedarkqq Report

#16

2 Years Of Training With No Days Off

2 Years Of Training With No Days Off

lawh4x Report

Blackie Dawson Rangimoeakau
Community Member
6 months ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It must have been very hard for you to do this to keep to get you from where you were to what you are now I am proud of you for doing it Was it hard to do or did you just continue doing it until you Gott where you wanted to get to.

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#17

6 Year Transformation. High School Graduation To Now. I Was Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes A Few Months After My Graduation

6 Year Transformation. High School Graduation To Now. I Was Diagnosed With Type 1 Diabetes A Few Months After My Graduation

chrisruden Report

#18

From 59kg To 78.5kg In 2 Years

From 59kg To 78.5kg In 2 Years

Sam Smithson Report

#19

I Am 25 Years Old In The Left Photo, Living In London, Working Hard And Partying Harder. On The Right - Me At The Ripe Young Age Of 33

I Am 25 Years Old In The Left Photo, Living In London, Working Hard And Partying Harder. On The Right - Me At The Ripe Young Age Of 33

shelleydarlington Report

Kilian Vanheede
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Looking happier, healthier, & way more beautiful!

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#20

2 Month Transformation

2 Month Transformation

wilburross Report

Julie Julie
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nope. Pushing his stomach out on the first photo. No beer-bellied man had transversus like that.

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#21

5 Years Of Training

5 Years Of Training

Matt Waugh‏ Report

#22

1 Year And 3 Months Trasformation

1 Year And 3 Months Trasformation

florinafitness Report

Flora Polvado
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You can gain up to a full cup size by working the pecs and obliques. Firms and enlarges the underlying muscles.

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#23

3 Year Transformation

3 Year Transformation

RAZVAN RADU Report

Crystal Pruitt
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think puberty might have had a roll in this too...

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#24

3 Years And 12kg

3 Years And 12kg

house.of.huber Report

#25

My 2.5 Year Vegetarian Bodybuilding Progress

My 2.5 Year Vegetarian Bodybuilding Progress

DeathIsTruth Report

#26

From Game Addict To Sponsored Athlete. 8 Years Body Transformation

From Game Addict To Sponsored Athlete. 8 Years Body Transformation

Xenios Charalambous Report

Michel M. Prins
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

And it's most certainly showing! Amazing transformation!

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#27

4 Years Between These Photos And Nearly A 40 Pound Difference, All Done Vegan

4 Years Between These Photos And Nearly A 40 Pound Difference, All Done Vegan

fitnika101 Report

Edyta Złotucha
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I just started going to the gym to gain some pounds too, while being vegan as well:) thank you for the motivation!

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#28

From 60kg To 71kg In 1 Year

From 60kg To 71kg In 1 Year

dovahkian Report

Akash Sharma
Community Member
2 years ago

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#29

4 Month Transformation

4 Month Transformation

beaversam23 Report

#30

Tom Ward, Who Works At Men's Health Magazine, Transformed His Body In 2 Month And Appeared In The Pages Of The Same Magazine

Tom Ward, Who Works At Men's Health Magazine, Transformed His Body In 2 Month And Appeared In The Pages Of The Same Magazine

menshealth.co Report

#31

1 Year Progress

1 Year Progress

guice666 Report

Naomi Prior
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You look great in both, I hope you achieve your dream

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#32

5 Year Difference

5 Year Difference

skinnymuscles.com Report

#33

Chris Mantovani 2 Year Transformation (13-15)

Chris Mantovani 2 Year Transformation (13-15)

Chris Mantovani Report

#34

3 Month Transformation

3 Month Transformation

action-reaction-training.com Report

Joseph & Sarah Weed
Community Member
1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Great transformation. Definitely took more than three months.

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#35

2 Years Body Transformation

2 Years Body Transformation

AestheticTiti Report

#36

3 Years Transformation

3 Years Transformation

alyssamercadofit Report

Theresa Andrade
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

PERFECTION, like seriously...whole package, face body hair just perfect :-)

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#37

3 Years Difference

3 Years Difference

MrKingston Report

Naomi Prior
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well done, I hope you get to where you want to be and are happy

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#38

3 Years Of Hard Work

3 Years Of Hard Work

mosamuelsfitness , mosamuelsfitness Report

Katie Smith
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is way, way too much, and kinda scary. Looks like his muscles are on the outside of his body :/

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#39

1 Year Bodybuilding Transformation

1 Year Bodybuilding Transformation

MattCookFitness Report

#41

Cris Heria Incredible Natural (Calisthenics) Body Transformation

Cris Heria Incredible Natural (Calisthenics) Body Transformation

Aesthetic World Report

#42

1 Year Bicep Progress, Newbie Gains

1 Year Bicep Progress, Newbie Gains

LittleVicious00 Report

Theresa Andrade
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Look at the progress in the stomach area! Wow just fabulous!

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#43

3 Month Transformation

3 Month Transformation

scottyspecial Report

A
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why does the second picture look like a cutout from an ad?

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#44

1.5 Year Into Weight Lifting, A Year Into Healthy Eating, And 3 Months Into Psychotherapy

1.5 Year Into Weight Lifting, A Year Into Healthy Eating, And 3 Months Into Psychotherapy

fit_madds Report

Pira
Community Member
3 years ago

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#45

Week 1 Vs Week 18

Week 1 Vs Week 18

jd_fitjourney Report

Persp Gold
Community Member
1 year ago

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#46

From 160lbs To 180lbs. 1 Year Of Working Out

From 160lbs To 180lbs. 1 Year Of Working Out

demhandz81 Report

#47

1 Year Body Transformation

1 Year Body Transformation

kss_bence Report

#48

3 Months Muscle Building

3 Months Muscle Building

cleanhealth.com Report

Kiran Charhate
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what a physiques brother great job and hardwork

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#49

My Several-Year Transformation From A Skinny 145 Lb Teenager To A Working 190 Lb Fitness Model

My Several-Year Transformation From A Skinny 145 Lb Teenager To A Working 190 Lb Fitness Model

parkercotefitness.com Report

Krys Archabald
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

looking like the hard work and years agreed with you.

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#50

My 1 Year Body Transformation

My 1 Year Body Transformation

caliathleteam Report

See Also on Bored Panda
#51

Me At 16 And At 23 With About 6 Years Of Lifting In Between

Me At 16 And At 23 With About 6 Years Of Lifting In Between

sbenevides Report

#52

1.5 Year Transformation. From Skinny To Muscular

 1.5 Year Transformation. From Skinny To Muscular

Beingnatty Report

#53

3 Year Body Transformation

3 Year Body Transformation

Neoshred Report

#54

Progress I Have Made In 2 Years

Progress I Have Made In 2 Years

tucci420 Report

#55

3 Years Into Weightlifting

3 Years Into Weightlifting

gabbyscheyen Report

#56

3 Month Of Hard Work

3 Month Of Hard Work

ayakaza Report

JillVille Child Care
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a great smile! Someone is pleased with all their hard work! Great job!

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#57

1 Year Journey

1 Year Journey

_could_be_anyone_ Report

#58

Over 2 Years Progress

Over 2 Years Progress

mmafighter1294 Report

Roxanne Doe
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Mmm, Heff, Heff, Give me your belt...

#59

1 Year And 3 Months Apart. 110 Lbs On The Left And 140 On The Right

1 Year And 3 Months Apart. 110 Lbs On The Left And 140 On The Right

jannabreslin Report