Anonymous said: Do you think genetics play a roll in Powerlifting?
A lot more than people will admit, especially those with the genetic predisposition of whatever they are doing. They just don’t realize that they are more geared to what they are doing and won’t admit they might have a slight advantage. I know I have pretty decent genetics for strength (always had a big chest, legs, back) and had I been more focused at the start or started lifting younger, I’d probably be a lot stronger. Whereas my body sucks at “shredding up” I have a hard time with it outside my body type. But, I recover pretty quick from strength workouts for the most part.
That said, if you have good genes and a shitty work ethic. Well, it doesn’t matter how gifted you are.
The same is true for the opposite. Shitty genes can be somewhat overcome with drive, passion, and hard work. It’s just going to take some time.
But if you start two people on the same journey and one is just naturally built towards that endeavor, they will reach pretty far over that other person and it’ll just take that person a little bit longer to reach that level.
Using it as an excuse either way is silly though. Don’t have the genetics for what you are doing? Don’t put down someone else who is ahead of you. Genetics or not. Have the genetics? Be humble enough to understand you’re good at what you do and play to your strengths and train your weaknesses.
Genetics are just a small part, there is so much more that goes into it. Work hard and get shit done.