How Your Performance As A BodyBuilder Is Affected By Your Genes And DNA
The results you can expect to acheive when bodybuilding with specific exercises are, to some extent, determined by the genes in your DNA. You inherit certain genes and traits from your parents and there’s nothing you can do about those genes. You are who you are.
What you can do is work with your particular set of genes so that you maximize your body building results.
You’ve probably come across a few of those individuals who just have to look at some barbells and you can see the their biceps and triceps grow before your eyes. But, when it comes down to it, they can only push their bodies as far as their genes will allow. They can only build muscle mass to a certain point.
If they wanted to build more mass, then they’d have to put in 2 or 3 times more effort for another incremental increase in mass.
On the other hand, there are those who can put in a seemingly small amount of effort and their chest and arm muscles will bulge but no amount of effort will get their hips to flare out.
Everyone is different, so every bodybuilder will have slightly different results even when performing the same exercises.
How Can You Tackle Your Natural Weaknesses?
As I mentioned, everyone is different, so every bodybuilder has their own distinct weaknesses. Identifying these is important so you can then do workouts that address them and you can forge these weaknesses into strengths.
No matter what weaknesses you discover, it’s always possible to enhance your performance. There’s no doubt that a Mr. Olympia like Ronnie Coleman (he won the title 8 times) has his own weaknesses, and that through long and rigorous training and a very targeted diet that he overcome his limitations.
Does Your Level of Success Depend On Your Race Or Ethnicity?
“No” is the simple answer. There’s no science backing any claims that one ethnicity is better than another when a bodybuilder is aiming to reach his milestones and accomplish specific goals.
The bottom line is that hard work simply trumps everything, including genetics.
If you look at past Mr. Olympia winners, you’ll see a range of professional bodybuilders with different ethnicities.
These guys are the superstars of bodybuilding and many have won that title, and other competitions, multiple times. Why? Because they work harder than other competitors and all that hard work pays off in the end and then that hard work is enhanced by what their genes and DNA gives to them.
Think of your DNA as a secret box of bodybuilding riches. At every stage of your evolution as a bodybuilder, your DNA will provide you with a different “natural boost” that gives you an edge over other athletes. Naturally, this boost can only take you so far. You still need to take this boost and develop it scientifically and rigorously over a period of years.
Who/What Is A “Natural Boy?”
It’s a term given to a certain class of bodybuilders who were able to put on significant muscle mass and build impressive physiques before they were even in their early 20s.
Lee Priest is one of those “natural boys”. He has some unorthodox training methods and as a result has fewer endorsements than he used to. And he’s also less active in the Mr. Olympia scene.
That said, he’s still considered as a highly respectable bodybuilder by muscle magazines because of his commitment to training and the raw results he achieves.
How Is Muscle Mass Affected By Bone Size?
Biology dictates that muscles can only grow to a certain size, even with the aid of hormones and dietary supplements. You can’t keep building muscle forever. You need to be realistic about what you can achieve and once you reach the point where you stop gaining mass, all you can do is maintain that muscle mass. No amount of extra, hard-core training is going to build your muscles further.
If you happen to be a big-boned individual, you are going to put on more muscle than someone who’s 6 inches shorter or has smaller wrists. It’s genetics again. So keep your expectations reasonable and realistic.
Your height and the size of your bones important factors in your future muscle growth.
You may have come across references about muscle growth and bone size but what you may not know is that these lists are actually created for adult bodybuilders. They should not be used for guidance if you’re under 20 years of age. At that age, your body is still growing and not fully developed.
It’s far more common to see teenage bodybuilders these days than in the past. As long as these youngsters take care to stay safe when doing their workouts, there should be no developmental problems. However, since teenage bodies are not physically mature, the risk of injury and long-term consequences are higher if bodybuilding is not performed in the right way.
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