Genetics play an amazing role in everything you are including your body.
Will everyone that lifts a weight become an Arnold, Mike Mentzer or a Dorian Yates? Not likely but if they do it right, they can reach their genetic potential. What about you, what are your goals?
In my Book, RU Serious, I have this to say about genetics…
“Although we are made up the same physically and muscle growth is stimulated in the
same way with you, me, her, him etc., we all have different genetic capability. Not
everyone is going to have the genetics to become an Arnold or a Mike Mentzer. In the same way, not everyone has the same exercise tolerance… There are those who can train every 4th day and those who may have to train every 10th and even longer. At the same time some may be able to do 5 sets per workout and others only 3 sets per workout and sometimes only 1 or 2 sets!” what should i eat today
We all know that it takes intense, brief and infrequent exercise to stimulate muscle growth. Arthur Jones, a genius and the creator of Nautilus exercise equipment, who spent a small fortune testing and finding out how muscle grows, had this to say…
“Everything of any value related to exercise can be stated in less than a thousand words, can, in fact, be fairly well covered in only a few words, as follows: Train hard, Train briefly, Train infrequently, and always remember that your final results will primarily be a consequence of genetics” -Arthur Jones
We all know by now that everyone although physically the same may and usually does have a different tolerance to exercise, the amount of volume they can tolerate while training intensely. In this case lesser is always better because “training hard” as Arthur Jones referred to it, uses quite a bit of the body’s resources especially as you grow stronger. And, since the body recovers systemically, rather than locally, meaning… the entire system has to put back what was used in the workout before it can overcompensate or build muscle, it is imperative to have enough left to do so and that takes time and is based on your genetics.
Remember, training is always a negative. If we could figure out a way to do no sets and stimulate growth, that would be amazing. Unfortunately, that isn’t easy. If in fact another workout is performed before the process described above takes place, you will literally short circuit the process, i.e. You will not build muscle.
A QUICK NOTE: This dispels the belief that you loose muscle after a certain period if you don’t train. Think about this… if you understand how the body lays down muscle, how could you loose muscle if you haven’t even gotten through the compensation stage? Have you ever taken a month layoff, either forced or voluntary and come back stronger? Get my point?