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Offline bizerl

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Can we all be Arnold Schwarzenegger?
« on: 06/08/2012 06:28:36 »
If everyone did exactly what Arnie did in terms of exercise and diet, would we all achieve the same level of obscene muscle-ness that Arnie did? Or do genetic differences mean that despite identical fitness regimes, some of us are destined for eternally scrawny arms and love handles?


 

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Re: Can we all be Arnold Schwarzenegger?
« Reply #1 on: 06/08/2012 09:12:34 »
Interesting question.

The answer is that it all comes down to DNA. The genetic hand dealt to some people equips them to cope with certain conditions or environmental demands very well. Nowhere is this better exemplified than at the Olympics. As the 1980 Moscow Olympics gold medalist Allan Wells joked following Usain Bolt's victory yesterday, his was the last Olympics in which there was a white guy in the 100m finals. And if you take a look at the distance or endurance races, including the marathons, they are dominated by Kenyans and Ethiopians. These individuals have inherited a genetic legacy selected by strong environmental pressure applied over generations that favours them in these races. But look at the high jump, or the swimming, and it's a totally different story.

In other words, people are the products of their genes, which are handed to them by their parents. The environments in which their parents, and their parents' parents, and their parents' parents' parents (etc), grew up in have dictated what those genes are. So some people will have a larger physique capable of supporting a larger musculature and a better response to fitness training than others.

This is a long-winded answer to your question, but I think the summary sentence should be: training will cause improvements in everyone, but those improvements will be greater in some people than others.
 

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Re: Can we all be Arnold Schwarzenegger?
« Reply #2 on: 06/08/2012 14:24:11 »
... Usain Bolt's victory yesterday ...

and won despite apparently wearing one elongated clown shoe :)...



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« Last Edit: 06/08/2012 14:47:59 by RD »
 

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