If a person made average progress FOR YEARS could they ever achieve greatness? I was discussing this with someone before and I donâ??t think itâ??s possible. For example, Allen fisher an arm wrestler, I remember reading an article about him, saying he started out as a scrawny weak kid and became a world champion (it was supposed to be inspiring) what I found out was that only after a few months of training he beat a national champion (great genetics).
Another example takes a look at bodybuilders and how they looked at young ages, you are able to see how developed they are already. Some might point out a scrawny kid who became jacked but they fail to mention that it only took the scrawny kid very little training to become jacked (again great genetics)
Of course these guys have to work damn hard to achieve anything. Iâ??m not discrediting them, but show me a successful bodybuilder/power lifter who struggled with training with average weights/ average physique for years and years and then became a champion.
Bill kazmaier benched 300 lbs the very first time he tried to bench press. Mark Henry had a 900 lb deadlift in high school. Johnnie Jackson benched 225 in the 8th grade. The list goes on and on. It obviously takes a great genetic base as well as training for years to achieve a great physique or being able to put up enormous weights. Without this genetic base training is pointless.
I remember reading another article that was supposed to be inspiring. It was about an amateur bodybuilder who dreamed of one day going to the Olympia stage. He emailed a well known bodybuilding judge (forgot name) and showed pictures and asked him if he ever had a shot at being in the Olympia. The judge told him flat out, he didnâ??t have what it takes. The article goes on to say that he didnâ??t let the judgeâ??s opinion stop him from his goals. He trained and trained, and at the end of the article it says he did not make it to the Olympia but was able to win some amateur bodybuilding shows. The article finished off with some BS about â??follow your dreams and you can flyâ?? and all this nonsense. Wellâ?¦the article was not inspiring for me. It basically showed that the judge was right, he didnâ??t have what it takes to have a great physique.
More of a rant, but in short here is what Iâ??m asking. Show me a champion bodybuilder or power lifter who struggled with average training for years. you will find some average local champions or maybe even some decent, but not a wow physique.
Im not saying that those with average genetics should just give up on training because I believe that kids/teens who strive to become a mr. olympia will have better results than those kids/teens who only shoot for an average physique. But the truth is they will never reach the level they want because they canâ??t. (im not saying only mr.olympia just an example, show me a huge jacked guy is fine too)
Its like a mentally disabled kid with no legs saying he will be better then Michael Phelps one day at swimming . There is no nice way to say the truth.