Genetics: How Will They Affect You ?

Andy Bolton, the deadlift world record holder of the World Powerlifting Organization, succeeded in lifting 498 lbs on the squat and 599 lbs on the deadlift, at his first ever attempt. The former Mr. Olympia, Dorian Yates, managed lifting 313 lbs on the bench at his first attempt as a teenager.

When Brian Dobson, the owner of Metroflex Gym, talked about training Ronnie Coleman, who will become Mr. Olympia, he remembers that he had huge legs and veins on his arms, even though he wasn’t using anabolic steroids, popular in that period.

Arnold Schwarzenegger had more muscle after one year of workouts than most people after 7 or 10.

It is obvious that these individuals react much better to weight training than many others. So, what makes them so different than the rest of us mortals?


You’ll probably regret hearing this, but our progress largely depends on your genetic predispositions. Numerous studies have confirmed that while the response to weight training is extremely high in some individuals, others don’t respond as well, while some hardly respond at all. Yes, you’ve read that correctly. In some people weight training will result in no change.

This is the conclusion of a study that included 585 men and women, tested in 12 weeks of exercises with weights which were increased progressively and has resulted with numerous different outcomes and responses to weight training.

Those with the lowest response, lost 2% of their muscular mass and made no progress in strength.The ones with the best response to weight training showed a 59% increase in their muscle mass and 250% increase in strength per 1RM (Оne Rep Maximum). Have in mind that all the tested individuals were subjected to the same training program.

This is not the only research of this type. Another research has shown that after subjecting 66 individuals to 16 weeks of physical tests, a staggering 26% of them failed to achieve significant hypertrophy. Some people hit the genetic jackpot, while some just don’t have it in their genes.

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