Do Genetics Limit Muscle Gains?

Unrealistic expectations have proven to be the downfall of many who wish to gain muscle mass, as bodybuilding far too often becomes a pursuit of transforming into someone else, as opposed to maximizing your own individual genetic potential. We may frequently see individuals on the Internet, TV or in magazines who have the bodybuilding physique we aspire towards, so we somehow feel that by weight training and eating a certain way, we can develop an identical appearance, when in fact our physical makeup is unique, meaning that results others produce do not in any way indicate we are capable of the same, or conversely, we may even be able to greatly exceed the bodybuilding success of those we admire. Yet, there is no way of knowing our own individual bodybuilding genetic potential without first following an effective diet and weight training workout routine to determine how our body responds.

The unfortunate downside of basing our own level of bodybuilding satisfaction upon pursuing the physique of another is that, although we may gain a level of muscle mass that impresses nearly every person we meet, in our own mind, we remain inferior, as our standard is not based upon how much we’ve achieved, but rather how close we are to the person we choose to emulate. With such a mindset, regardless of how our progress appears to others, we continually seek the impossible dream, and eventually either quit bodybuilding altogether, or decide to experiment with dangerous drugs or bodybuilding supplements instead of modifying our expectations to match our own genetic potential.

Bodybuilding genetics offer a muscle mass barrier which we all must obey, no different from one who wishes to become a basketball superstar but lacks sufficient height; yet, even though genetics differ, in bodybuilding, very few ever achieve their potential for muscle mass gains, not necessarily due to lack of effort, but as a result of serious diet and weight training errors. Certainly, if one were lifting weights and eating perfectly, genetics will then eventually limit future gains, and will also impact the overall speed of results, but most who feel genetics are curtailing any positive change actually eat and weight train without any sense of direction, which is the true culprit behind disappointing progress.

The amount of muscle mass we can gain is as unique as our individual personalities, and we should never try to emulate or become another in our pursuit of physical fitness, rather forging our own road by maximizing the individual bodybuilding potential each of us has, doing so through an effective diet and weight training workout routine. When we begin to view bodybuilding as an experiment in personal achievement, we then can finally relish in the improvements we make, as opposed to feeling constantly deprived by focusing on the appearance of another who may have genetics that are far different than ours. If we do not have the possibility to experience satisfaction with our accomplishments, bodybuilding becomes a never ending pursuit of the unattainable, and can morph from a worthwhile pursuit into a detrimental, stressful, fruitless hobby that leads to nothing but disappointment and frustration.

If you seek to gain as much muscle mass as your genetics will allow, then you must begin to follow an effective diet and weight training workout program. I have achieved tremendous success (over 60 lbs of muscle mass gained), and have guided men and women around the world towards achieving amazing muscle building results (as you will see by the hundreds of muscle building testimonials here at MuscleNOW.com). Now, I will show you how to work towards your genetic potential for muscle mass using proper bodybuilding diet and weight training techniques alone, not supplements or steroids.