Like most sports, the genetically gifted will always have the upper hand. The same goes for bodybuilding and in certain cases, even a greater extent. The problem for the average guy, which makes up the bulk of the population, is that you are going to have to fight tooth and nail for every ounce of muscle that you are trying to gain. To overcome bad or even average genetics, it is going to be frustrating; it is going to take discipline and it is going to take an extremely well thought out approach. In this article we are going to give you a few tips to help you plan an all-out assault to beat your genetics.

1. Identify Your Weak Points

Bodybuilders tend to be very self-critical so it shouldn’t be too hard to identify your weak points. I am sure you are already well aware of where you are lacking. But now, you have to be realistic about training that muscle group. Focus on how you can improve your training of that area, whether it be training it twice a week, making sure that when you do train it, it is the first muscle group you hit or by mixing up a little more often for that group so that the muscle has no clue what just hit it. Point is, focus, target and smash it hard.

2. Find Your Strengths

We all know the days we walk into the gym and we just have fun. These are often the days when we train our strong points, the days we train heavy than most other guys and the days when we know what we put in, we will get out in terms of seeing results. While it is not as important to focus on these muscle groups, we must not neglect them. There is a reason your are genetically blessed in these muscle groups, so don’t let your strengths go to waste.

3. Strategize a game plan

As mentioned in point number 1, you need to focus on the hard-to-grow areas. Strategizing a game plan will mean that the next time you walk into the gym, you will know exactly what to do and how to execute a focussed training plan for these muscles. For example, one of the most common trouble areas and probably the most difficult muscle to elicit results is the calves. Often, these are tagged onto the end of a workout as an afterthought, so instead of this, rather make your calves a priority and really smash them hard as you walk into the gym while you are still fresh; and even add calves into another 1, 2 or even 3 days depending on how you currently train then.

That being said, only calves and abs can be trained more than twice a week when aiming for growth. For the rest, make sure to only train a maximum of twice per week.

4. Have some patience

Like I mentioned in the intro, the process of overcoming bad genetics can be painstakingly frustrating, so patience is going to be key. Seeing any type of gains is a long term goal and does not happen overnight. To add to this, lagging areas can take even longer. If you are willing to be patient, to work hard and be 100% diligent in your diet, you will eventually start to force your weak points to grow. Because we all know that everyone is different and responds differently to training, you are going to have to spend time running through various strategies, training methods and techniques. It is a process of trial and error approach and not a one size fits all. Once you figure out what works for you, you will be well on your way to building an awe-inspiring physique.


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