Genetics play an important role in building muscle. Unfortunately, not everyone was born with them. Luckily, this guide to building muscle shows you can make progress regardless.
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It might feel futile if you were born on the scrawny side, especially if you've seen certain friends morph into a poor man's Dwayne Johnson in a few years. That being said, screw bad genetics. Some of the most physically elite in fitness were born without gifted genetics, but improved their skills regardless.
In fact, according to prolific trainer and nutritional coach Andy Morgan, mindset is a predominant factor in building muscle:
Assuming you wish to make the most of your genetic hand, in all practical and applicable senses, no. You must assume that you are one of the genetically elite when you train. The mind has an incredibly powerful effect over the body. (So much so that you can actually give people sugar pills, tell them that they are steroids, and they will grow for a time like they are on steroids. Yes, I shit you not that has actually been studied.)
The rest of the guide talks about how to build muscle and how long it takes. (Spoiler alert: It takes longer than you think.) The guide is quite long (four parts and 8000 words) but it's one of the most comprehensive evidence-based resources out there for increasing your lean mass. You can find it at link below.
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