How much of a role do genetics play?

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  1. RacerJ

    RacerJ New Member

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    So i started working out again about 3 weeks ago and am trying to build some upper body strength and lose some fat. I weigh 165 and am 5'9" tall.

    Problem is, my upper body is a lot smaller than my lower body. My body stores fat in my legs and in my stomach to a lesser extent. My bf % in my legs is significantly higher than in my upper body. Will i be able to "even out" the distribution of weight in my body? I know it's impossible to spot reduce, but i mean there's really no fat on my body besides in my legs and some in my stomach.

    Do genetics play such a big role that this is going to be impossible? Am I doomed to have a larger lower body than upper body?
     
  2. jokka

    jokka OT Supporter

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    did you resemble this dude when you were 15 years old ?

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    Sloi Back up in your ass with the resurrection

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    Genes play a big role. If you're like my friends and need to compensate with steroids, do it.

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  4. Felix

    Felix Its good to be me.

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    If you don't have the right genes, don't bother lifting.
     
  5. TZ

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    Significant, but you can do your part
     
  6. Mike McDermott

    Mike McDermott It's evolution, baby. OT Supporter

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    truth
     
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    exxoizzle Free mustache rides

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    /thread obviously
     
  8. RacerJ

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    hard work beats talent when talent doesnt work hard
     
  10. timberwolf

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    Genetics is probably the biggest factor in terms of how far you'll go in bodybuilding. Thing is though, you can only really assess your genetic potential in retrospect. As a beginner its almost not worth worrying about.
     
  11. PPen131

    PPen131 Hook 'em! OT Supporter

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    i don't think i've ever been able to see my abs even though i'm barely 150lbs and 5'10. i can honestly say that i've tried pretty hard over the years in regards to dieting and exercising, but to no avail.
     
  12. NUDES

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    genes play a huge role in looks, but the thing is is when genes come into play is when 99% of people will never get to. i think you have to get to a relatively high level before genes and genetics come into play in a significant way.
     
  13. kilian

    kilian You've got quite a treasure there in that Horadric OT Supporter

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    I think timber's right.
    I can definitely notice places where I wouldn't be amazing or exceptional looking compared to other people if I was 240 lean, but I'm not ever really going to be there, and if on the .001% chance I do, I'm pretty sure that if not having the perfect (insert body part) distribution/size/definition is a problem, in a general sense, its a pretty silly/small problem.
     
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    Formz Hipster Santa OT Supporter

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    lift heavy and dont worry about it.

    worrying makes you second guess everything you do. Nike: Just do it.
     
  15. Marix

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    Genetics DO play a significant role, like it or not. Some guys can LOOK at a weight, eat like shit, go out drinking every night with their frat buddies and STILL get huge without putting on fat. Others have to struggle.

    however that shouldn't stop you from trying your hardes and doing as well as you can. Besides, I'm sure a lot of people would agree that part of the fun is the journey and not just the end result.
     
  16. hitmikey

    hitmikey DRIVEN FROM WITHIN

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    im not a know it all, but if youre asking, then youre nowhere near the point that it matters
     
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    That's why we have supplements. :o
     
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    Since you can't do much about your genetics other than igf-1 and possibly HGH, I wouldn't worry about it. Genetics will stop you from winning the olympia, or holding the all time lifting record. They will not stop you from being the biggest guy in nearly any gym, smashing huge weights, or coming up with lame ass excuses to do less work and be satisfied with less results.
     
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    Hpower GO GATORS

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    I disagree, I know and have seen several people who look very lean and muscular and don't even lift weights. I feel comfortable saying that if they did they would do very well.
     
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    can you show me a pic of what you think is "very lean and muscular" without having ever lifted? i'm assuming we'll agree on the lean part as there is plenty of skinny dudes, but the "very muscular" part i'm assuming people people will disagree with,.
     
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    they are not lean and muscular.
     
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    yeah plenty of them, dont know a single one who lifts no weights or does resistance of some kinds that is "very lean and muscular". sorry.
     
  23. TZ

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    thug workout son
     
  24. NUDES

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    thug workout is resistance of some kind smart man :mamoru:

    and some dudes on thug workout are definitely not that big from doing dips in a playground. some of those dudes are 230+ and low bf%
     
  25. Ceaze

    Ceaze https://hearthis.at/DoYouEvenUplift Moderator

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    My friend basically does a thug workout. He does a circuit of pullups, feet-elevated pushups, dumbbell squats then dips. And looks better than anyone here.
     
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