Are there good or bad genetics for building muscle? Are there people that will have much bigger muscle growth than you will? Yes and yes. Seriously, does it really matter?
If you are not planning to step on the bodybuilding stage or want to make fitness your main source of income, it seriously doesn’t. It may take you longer to build a decent sixpack, better your posture but there are indeed so much other great side effects that come along with weight training. Such as relieving stress, better your sleep quality, increase your alertness, thicken your bone structure etc. Everyone in this world is able to build muscle and experience these great side effects in my opinion. Why? Because there are much more factors contributing to muscular hypertrophy than only genetics. Such as sleep duration, sleep quality, training frequency and training intensity. All these factors you actually CAN control. So I assume that the reason why some people won’t is because of a phenomena called Learned Helplessness.
Learned Helplessness is a state of mind when a person assumes that they have no control over their circumstances. Once this phenomena manifests itself, people often just give up trying. Often they will tell you, that they didn’t see results because of genetics, the apparent scapegoat. But what is way more likely, is that they just didn’t want it bad enough and immediately gave in. If there are so much factors contributing to a cause, there will be something that you can adjust in order to get the results you always wanted.
You have to realize that there is always so much more than you can do and is in control of yours. If you’re struggling with apparent bad genetics for building muscle, I can give you some tips to keep going.
1. You’re a thin person, a hard gainer and are looking to build muscle? Start eating healthy, calorie dense foods such as dried fruits or smoothies. Eat more calories than you burn. Start weight training, focusing on heavy compound lifts.
2. You’re a chubby person and are looking to lose weight? Watch your nutrition. Track your calories and eat less calories, than you burn. You achieve this by eating low calorie-dense foods, such as vegetables or plant-based foods in general. Add weight training and low-intensity cardio exercises 2-3 times a week on top of your new nutrition and you will see results. Period.