I recently found an article addressing the genetic limitations of natural muscle development in males. Depending on factors such as height, training experience, and genetics, a male can only expect to reach a certain size naturally. They allegedly derived these figures and statistics from natural male body builders in their prime. For an example of the proposed limits, for me personally at 6 foot, my natural maximum weight would be around 205 lbs at 10% body fat.
Here's the link to the article: What's My Genetic Muscular Potential? | BodyRecomposition - The Home of Lyle McDonald
Limiting out isn't a major issue for me currently, but I was just curious and wanted some input on the subject. Mainly I'm wondering about the effect of anabolics on overcoming genetic potential long term. It's definitely possible to exceed genetic limits with the use of anabolic steroids, but is it possible to keep those gains?
Here are my main questions:
1. If someone were to exceed their natural limits through anabolic use, would he be able to retain the lean body mass gained from the steroids through proper nutrition and training when consistently not on steroids? Of course it would be improbable to gain more muscle, but would it be possible to maintain?
2. If it's not possible, how quickly would you expect this person to lose their gains and return to their genetic potential? Let's say the individual is 20 lbs over their genetic limit. Talking ballpark numbers and speculation here.
I know these questions depend on several factors such as how far above the genetic potential one has grown, baseline testosterone levels, nutrition, etc. so I'm not looking for specifics. Assume ideal circumstances. Mainly just wanting some personal anecdotes on retaining gains long term. Has anyone overcome their genetic potential and found that they could only keep their muscle through continued cycling regardless of training and diet?
Anyway, just looking for any opinion so feel free to give your thoughts on the subject. Also, I thought genetic limitation was an interesting concept that would be worth sharing to the community.