No need to get your lycra tights in a bunch mate.
Not everyone has the same training goals as you do, and introducing training to newbs like they have the same goals as you could actually be detrimental and make people very despondent about exercising, which is something we really don't need with the current obesity crisis.
I am just being realistic. Where did I say anything about what her goals should be?
I read that someone doing 3hrs/week of what seems to be moderate cardio and something else called 5x5 stronglifts was wondering why they are not seeing much improvement in their physique. That's a no brainer, they simply don't train enough. If you don't like the reality of the message, not a lot I can do about that.
You are knowledgeable, but more often than not, people get lost in the details.
Really? So the message of "you need to make some changes to improve" and "you need to train more, and add a little more intensity to what you are doing" is too complex to understand, even for a beginner? If that's too hard for someone to fathom, well you're right, I'm not sure I can help.
As well, while you might know about endurance training, I have the sneaking suspicion you do not have any idea of how difficult it is for a woman to put on any significant amount of muscle.
I made no assumption about her sex.
And given the amount of training the OP says she does, it's hardly surprising there's a limited increase in muscle mass.
I am under no illusions about the fact that the sort of goals you speak of (a woman seeking to gain muscle mass) requires lots of HARD WORK. Yet people seem to think one can do it on bugger all training. Sorry if the truth hurts.
Most people do not want to be endurance athletes.
I never suggested anything of the sort.
Being sensible about training is not being 'namby-pamby' as these bodies do have to last a lifetime, and while it is easier to replace a knee joint than a heart, there isn't much that can be done with a damaged rotator cuff.
I haven't suggested anything that would cause acute or chronic injury. Have a look at my suggestion of how to increase the workload at a sensible, sustainable and manageable rate.
Doing what you've always done will not result in improvements, that's just a basic fact of life. So if there is no improvement (as the OP said) then something needs to change. In this case, to get what they want (a better physique) they'll need to train more and harder.
You do seem a wee bit grumpy, maybe you are over-training, it does make people really irritable.
Actually quite the opposite, I am not training at present as I am unable to use my prosthetic leg and have to wait until I get a new one so I can walk and ride again.