Is Muscle Growth All About Genetics?

Muscle growth supplements make astounding claims in regards to their potency, prompting many to forget (and neglect) the actual catalyst behind impressive bodybuilding results, which is a properly designed natural bodybuilding program. But there is another component to the muscle building success equation that many who achieve lackluster results often point to with fear, believing that if they are not achieving impressive progress on a new weight lifting workout plan, then they must be the victim of poor genetics.

It is true that genetics play a role in not only how much muscle is built, but how quickly the body is able to add new muscle mass. This is obviously a reality beyond our control, and has a connection with our ancestors before us. Countless bodybuilders who fail to build significant muscle mass, at a loss for where to turn and very frustrated, first experiment with large quantities of bodybuilding supplements, feeling as if they need an external aid to bring about consistent results, but once they produce nothing different than before, are quick to classify themselves as a hardgainer (a term used to describe someone with poor muscle genetics), often quitting bodybuilding due to a feeling that they are doomed to failure.

But, the truth is, those who are unable to achieve their muscle building goals are most often not a victim of poor genetics, but rather are merely making serious errors in their weight training workout or diet plan that greatly limit or prevent muscle gains. This is excellent news for those who are currently disappointed with their progress, but unfortunately, because of powerful advertising campaigns, muscle growth supplements continue to convince natural bodybuilders that any lack of results can be overcome with supplementation, prompting millions to waste time and money on false promises.

I started bodybuilding on my 16th birthday weighing 130 lbs at a height of 6’2″, so my genetics seemed to be terrible for bodybuilding, yet, I gained over 65 lbs of muscle mass naturally, without supplements or steroids. How? By following a potent diet and weight training plan.