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Genetics and Muscle Building
Many people just dont want to believe the truth. While we all have the same type of genes our
blueprint is not the same. Your genes can determine things like how much fat your body will tend to
store, and where it will store it, which muscle groups tend to be your strong points, natural hormone
levels and even eye color. However, your genes do NOT change basic physiological processes such
as building muscle or burning fat! In other words anyone and everyone CAN build the body they
There are three pillars to success in the gym: training, nutrition and recovery. The reason that many
people fail is because they only have two out of three pillars at best. In most cases it is either
nutrition or recovery, and in some cases both. It's impossible to build muscle or burn fat if you you
neglect the basics.
Don't be fooled into thinking that you have bad genetics stopping you from building the body you
want. OK your body may not contain the super genetics of Arnold Schwarzeneger, but it does
contain the same genetics as the next guy. Remember, everyone's body has a different blueprint so
some people will have faster results than others. So don't be concerned that your genetics are
holding you back, just because you are small, skinny or fat doesn't mean your body was designed to
stay that way.
However, genetics can make the process easier or harder for some people. For example some people
just have naturally higher levels of testosterone than others, this can mean faster muscle growth and
leaner body, while other may have lower levels meaning high fat stores making weight loss more of a
challenge. Not all of us have the perfect shape chest or the highest peak in our biceps, so genetics
also plays a role in the shape of your muscles.
However, these are not limitations, who cares if your results are slower or faster than others. As
long as you are seeing consistant results then that is all that matters. No matter how good or bad
your genetic programing is you can build the body of your dreams if you want it bad enough!
Just take your time and do your research (from the right sources) and learn the importance of proper
training, nutrition and recovery. And most of have fun and enjoy yourself.