I'm for sure that the top powerlifters have been training for years to get them where they are now. But are they just born stronger than the average person?
The exceptional ones, the ones that excell in their class...yes. Just like in top bodybuilding, the ones who are very successful do usually have genetic gifts. that isn't to say there isn't exceptions to the rule.
However, you can be of normal stature and train, eat, sleep properly and still achieve great goals.
I believe in just about all sports this is true. eg. Triathlons where a person trains for a few months, enters a race and just about wins the entire thing, against people who have been training for years.
BUT the important thing is to strive to beat YOURSELF and not worry about the 'competition'. If you get good enough you will begin beating them too
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genetics are a gift to the elite. nickw is a perfect example.
I agree, it is just like anysport, I'm sure Peyton Manning was born with more natural passing ability than someone like Rex Grossman who threw for a wopping 34yds today and 3 ints.Originally Posted by CROWLER
genetics are HUGE, especially for powerlifters (especially raw lifters).
Genetics no doubt can make or break ya if you are trying to get to the elite levels of a sport, but sometimes you don't really know what your genetics can do until you give them the right nudge.
I have seen two main types of good genetics in this sport
- people that are incredibly muscular / strong prior to training
- people that are semi- normal in muscularity / strength prior to training but respond almost superr-human once they start working out and up protein intake
Hard work is the key though, without it no one is going no where, cause you know what they say...
Hard work beats talent when talent doesn't work hard.
I like that!Originally Posted by BigCasino
I think hard work can take someone with mediocre genetics and make them one of the strongest people in the average gym.
Also, if you're your well rounded and have a decent 3 lifts, you have a good chance of being able to place in most local meets.
Being at the top worldwide is a different story.
I believe Nick told me that his mom Put Creatine in his Baby food and fed him alot of protein shakes too!Right Nick?Originally Posted by NickW
Your giving out all of my secrets, not cool bro.....lolOriginally Posted by MrSkullCrusher
LOL, If only we all had moms like that
IMO genetics help you but champions aren't born, they're created in the gym/practice field. I think the psychology of sports is a highly underrated factor as well. I base this on my experience as football coach.Originally Posted by Levi