Digital motivation is everywhere in the online ocean – on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter… Anywhere you surf, there’s a motivational video for you explaining that all it takes to succeed is hard work.
I can’t deny that this method produces results. When your work can be appreciated, you get ahead of the drunks playing cards all day.
But what was never meant to be will never be regardless of how many hours you spend training.
Destiny and genetics go hand in hand. Some say that humans build their own destiny, but I don’t buy this populism found in every political speech either. Most of the things that mark your life had been chosen for you by the machine. We only have a slight percentage of power, which can also be an illusion but exist in some form nevertheless.
Looking back, I can say that everything I got in terms of achievement and money required me to work, sometimes more than I had planned. Nevertheless, this was also destiny. There is a reason why I am not a Formula 1 driver. I was never meant to be one.
Bodybuilding works the same way. Many people do the work but only a few reach the top. There are many requirements to become a bodybuilder, and the most important one is to have the right genetics.
Bodybuilding Genetics Explained
1.You have to love it
Let’s begin with the basics. To become a bodybuilder, you have to love the lifestyle. Everyone loves big muscles, but not everyone chooses the lifting path. Picking things up and putting them down is not everyone’s dream. Some, however, see themselves saved in the gym and continue with the mission. They want it more than the rest.
”Wanting it” is genetics too. It’s part of your character.
2.You need to have the right environment
We often say that we are self-made, but that’s rarely 100% accurate. There are people or events that make it all possible. You may be doing most of the work, but you need a specific environment for that to happen in the first place.
A rich kid that studies to be an attorney is working hard, but that work would be impossible without the right conditions.
In other words, the environment you are born into has to be favorable for you to become a bodybuilder.
There is a reason why Eskimos never go to the Olympia.
3.You need to have a favorable structure
Size does not make you a good bodybuilder. Muscle mass is just your passport to be on stage. Ultimately, you need more than that to make it happen.
Winning bodybuilders have a good structure and muscle bellies that make them stand out. Think of Arnold for example. Many are the same size or bigger, but his overall appearance is still unmatched.
For good or for bad, some people fail to see that their flaws are sort of unfixable. Those would be the Branch Warrens of the world. No matter how many times you scream ”motherfucker” during lat pulldowns, your structure will not change. This is genetics. This is destiny.
The best structure for bodybuilding is:
- wide shoulders;
- narrow hips;
- not too tall, but not too short either – perfect height is 5’10” – 6’2”;
- not too blocky;
- long muscle bellies – especially important for the arms, lats, calves, chest and quads;
- thin skin;
- symmetrical abdominal muscles;
4. You need to have resilient organs.
”Ah, what a biceps,” says the crowd while watching Mr. Olympia flex his arm.
That’s a nice statement, but exclamations such as: ”What a liver!”, ”Amazing kidneys!”, ”What a massive heart!”, ”Extraordinary glands!” would also be on point.
To be a pro bodybuilder, you need organs of steel that can resist a nuclear attack. The drugs taken by pro builders are enough to put a small horse to sleep. I kid you not, kid. Not everyone can sustain steroids, GH, insulin and diuretics for years. Those cocktails are hell on your organs and many competitors die or suffer severe damage.
And yet there are also guys who compete into their late 40s.
How does that happen? Genetics. Quality drugs. Smart dosing, Luck. Mostly genetics.
Genetics. Quality drugs. Smart dosing, Luck. Mostly genetics.
5.You need to have an amazing response to drugs.
The final step is to complete bodybuilding ascension is to have an organism that responds well to steroids and other anabolic drugs. That’s genetic too. Some people blow up from small doses whereas others gain a little muscle and ten kilos of bitch tits from their first cycle. It’s unfair, but we all know what planet we are on.
That phenomenon coined the term ”gym rat response”. It describes the average kid from the block that spams its body with Chinese d-bol but never blows up like an Olympian. The response is average and does not allow the lifter to compete with the big boys whose bodies show greater love for synthetic hormones.
In the past, I read that the popular guru Vince Gironda had a gym rat response to drugs, which caused his bitterness. While I think this was just his personality, I would still not be surprised if he wasn’t natty. After all, his pupils seem to love drugs.
Meanwhile, we have guys like Kevin Levrone that supposedly don’t do Vitamin S…unless there’s a competition coming up. A few months before an event, they pump up the volume and blow up.
The old photos of Levrone make this theory believable. He seems to be one of the guys who ”grow into a show” – a strategy that can’t work for a natural bodybuilder.
As the competition approaches, naturals get smaller and smaller because they lose fat and water.
Guys like Kevin Levrone and Dexter Jackson have the ultimate bodybuilding genetics. I would even say that they beat some of the old timers like Arnold and friends when it comes to longevity.
Let’s face it – modern pros use way more ”product” than the 70s crew, and yet some compete in their late 40s. This is destiny. This is genetics. This is unbeatable.