6 Ways to Reach Your Genetic Potential

Another great article by Christian Thibaudeau over at T Nation. The only thing I would add is that it takes years of consistent training like this before someone will get close to reaching their genetic potential.

Here’s what you need to know…

  • Most people, even those with great genetics for bodybuilding, never reach their full potential. These methods will get you growing again.
  • Nothing will help you build muscle faster than doing the big lifts. Focus your attention there.
  • Building bigger shoulders and a bigger back makes you look much better than doing endless sets of curls.
  • While 3 sets of 10 reps work, there are other rep ranges you’ll need to use to maximize your genetic potential.
  • If you stop making progress in the gym, you probably need a new training split. You also need to stop doing “garbage volume” and get focused.
  • The only thing that guarantees progress is progression.


The Most Annoying Guy in the Gym

I’ve spent most of my life in gyms. Commercial gyms, powerlifting gyms, sports team gyms, Olympic lifting gyms, CrossFit boxes, you name it and I’ve trained in it. I’ve seen it all, from squat rack curlers to guys who only work out in jeans.

But the only thing that really bothers me isn’t the guy who reads the paper between sets while hogging the only squat rack… although I’m not really fond of that guy. Instead, it’s the guy with great potential that wastes it by training without rhyme or reason.

I’m someone who was born with the genetics of a worm. I had to work extra hard to achieve even a little bit of success. So when I see someone who has a great frame and obvious muscle-building potential doing endless sets of easy exercises, talk for ten minutes between sets, and doing the same pointless workout over and over again, it pisses me off.

I’d really like to slap some sense into them. Here’s what I’d like to tell them.

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