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    Pssst ….. I Have A Secret.

    I get asked about “secrets” all the time: “What is the secret to getting ripped?” What is the “secret” to getting HYUGE?” “Skip, what is your “secret” to being so cool?” I can at least answer the last one: Quit chasing it, I was born with it. Don’t hate, congratulate.

    I get tired of the questions about secrets because there aren’t any. To get ripped you need to learn nutrition and your body so well that you can get ripped. No real secret. To get huge you need to consistently train hard, feed yourself and recover. No real secret there, either. However, the more I got to thinking, I do suppose there is a secret that not everyone knows. There is a secret about getting ripped or getting huge but as excited as you might be getting right now, anticipating a response that you have never heard but have always thought existed, you aren’t going to get it. The secret? GENETICS.

    Oh shit, everyone’s mad at me. I can hear muffled “Skip’s a dick” comments if I sit here real quiet and listen real hard. Look, you might not like it but I am going to remind you what most of you HATE to hear. Bodybuilders argue about genetics and limitations all the time on message boards, in person with me, at seminars that I do, etc.. Why? Because who wants to admit that we have limitations?? I don’t blame anyone for discounting it because if you don’t, you give up some sense of hope that you might one day look like my friend Steve Kuclo. All you have to do is train harder, eat more and take more supplements, right? Listen, the only way you are going to look like Steve Kuclo is if you buy a white F250, chip it and tint your windows. Then, someone MIGHT think you are him. (The Plano, TX MetroFlex clan will get the reference).

    For those of you that are still interested in this secret (all 4 of you) and have continued reading, here are some more secrets that fall under the genetic-secret tab that I would like you to understand and consider (it’s raining secrets up in he-uh):

    1. You will not grow more the harder you train.
    You are limited by your genetic ability to recover from certain workloads and frequency of training. Secret: the pros recover very, very quickly. They can usually train with far more volume and more frequency than the rest of us mere mortals. Everyone can train hard but if you can’t recover, it does you no good.

    2. Not everyone can get ripped and especially ripped glutes.
    I get this one a lot: “I want to get ripped like you, Skip”. I can get 99% of people into their best condition, ever, and I say that with conviction because I have proven this for years. However, genetics play a big role in how you carry body fat and there are some people that can get into great condition but never the ripped status that we all strive for. Others can get ripped from the front but their back/glutes/hams won’t be the same condition as their front. Others can get ripped everywhere and be in insane condition but not get ripped glutes. Right now there are prep guys reading this saying to themselves how much of a badass they are and if they just worked with them, they could get them ripped. Don’t lie and don’t kid yourself. That is something that an overly confident, start-up prep guy thinks. Veterans of this game and veterans of contest prepping know that the genetic component is just as prevalent in getting ripped as it is with getting huge. Another sign to prove my point: Ever see a pro with a “fat” area? No. You might see them hold water in their hams or glutes but you won’t see a pro with a fat low back or some area that just doesn’t get as lean as the rest of their physique. Premium genetics, like pros have, will have you carry body fat so evenly that when dieting, it all comes off evenly just as it goes on evenly in the off season. Ever see a pro with fat titties or big love handles in the off season? No. They gain fat evenly and look huge everywhere in the off season.

    3. You have so little control over the shape of a muscle, it is pretty much useless to think otherwise in reference to how you train a body part.
    Genetics dictates what the shape of your muscle is going to be. If you think one of us is nuts, it isn’t me. Clearly, you have limited control simply by increasing the size of the muscle. Example: I always hear “how can I get my inner chest to grow?” and the answer is simple: get a bigger chest. As the chest gets bigger, it will “fill in”, much like if you have a plate and you start to fill it with water. The more water you put on the plate, the further to the edges the water goes until it is all the way to the edges of the plate, covering the entire plate. Want a bigger quad sweep? Make the entire quad bigger and your quad sweep will get better. More peak on your biceps? Lol Nice try. That is changing the shape of the muscle and that won’t happen. You have high insertions for your latts or high calves?? You can make them bigger but you won’t change the shape. Sorry. I know it sucks to hear but my life centers around irritating people with the truth.

    4. You won’t be a huge and ripped pro if you can’t assimilate nutrients like a pro.
    Genetics isn’t only about what you look like. It isn’t just about bone structure, muscle insertions, body fat distribution, etc.. It is just as important that you are genetically gifted in your guts, as well. Pros will assimilate far more nutrients, far more efficiently than the rest of us. This one gets overlooked all the time but is no less a secret than any of the other points I have outlined. You cannot hold a lot of muscle and get ripped with a slow metabolism, either. Metabolism and digestion are two often-overlooked aspects of genetic limitation in this sport.

    I could go on and on about genetics but I think I am down to 2 readers at this point so I am going to try to keep them through this last paragraph.

    Understand that we all have control over how big we get and how ripped we get but our limits aren’t based on what we do as much as what our genetic limitations will allow. Instead of arguing with me that I am wrong or dismissing what I say, you would be better served to understand that you can still have a great physique, within the confines of what your body will allow. In my opinion, when you accept your limitations, you can then quit focusing on what the pros are telling you in reference to how you should train or diet and focus on what YOU should do for YOUR body, instead. Most pros work very hard in the gym but don’t kid yourself, they aren’t pros because of how hard they work. We ALL work hard. They are pros because they have superior genetics. Just Sayin.


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    Yyyyyyyyeeeeeeeeessssssssssssss!!!
    You're perfect, yes it's true. But without me...you're only you.

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    • #3
      However, genetics play a big role in how you carry body fat and there are some people that can get into great condition but never the ripped status that we all strive for. Others can get ripped from the front but their back/glutes/hams won’t be in the same condition as their front.
      That really hit home with me as I decided to get my diet in check and actually start to look like I work out and my front is thinning out nicely but back, hams and glutes yeah not so much ( fuck my genetics lol ).

      Great rant Skip.

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      • #4
        Hey skip you mention the way individuals hold their body-fat in your article. What are your thoughts on store body-fat storage changing as you age? I've had people tell me they can get leaner than me because of their age.
        :preach:

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        • #5
          Awesome, I was hoping another of these was coming of soon!
          Also I thought pumpkin pancakes were the secret oh well, still delicious.

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          • #6
            Great article. Yes I have very sucky genetics. I have high Lats. My biceps, don't grow up, they grow out. I also have long lanky legs and arms. And all my fat goes to my love handles. I could have a flat stomach with big ass love handles.

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            • #7
              Yes yes yes.... It's the nature of sport. No one will ever reach elite status in any sport without exceptional genetics for that sport. Just don't happen.

              If a major supplement company and the major rags were to tell everyone "listen, unless Ronnie was your dad and your mom was equally gifted you will never look like that" the 16-19 (well maybe 16-50) year olds would not be buying the rags and supps.
              It's almost funny how they play up any genetic "flaw" a pro may have. We still keep hearing and reading how branch has overcome "sub-par" genetics....really? By whose standards?? He doesn't have the widest clavicals....um....that's about his only genetic "flaw" but he still has the genetic ability to carry ungodly amounts of muscle on his frame...yea, poor branch.
              Peace.
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              • #8
                Ye, another great rant.
                PM me to discuss website/video/dvd etc. related work.

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                • #9
                  I think that once you understand that you probably won't be the next person to win an Olympia and DO have limitations, striving to achieve your own personal best is quite fun.

                  I know a lot of people who are unhappy with themselves because they don't look like a Pro Bodybuilder and think they are entitled to look like that because they train hard. Well, hopefully they read this article and it provides a little wake-up call....

                  I'm at least lucky that I have short muscle bellies in my arms and good genetics with my legs.

                  Great one Skip!
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                  • #10
                    Sweet write-up...
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                    • #11
                      Right on the money Skip! Great rant!



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                      • #12
                        So you're saying I could take all to BSN products in the world and I will never step on the Olympia stage? That's it, I'm done. Thanks for crushing my dreams Skip!
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TLopez View Post
                          So you're saying I could take all to BSN products in the world and I will never step on the Olympia stage? That's it, I'm done. Thanks for crushing my dreams Skip!
                          They have to be MuscleTech...DUH!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by mentalflex View Post
                            They have to be MuscleTech...DUH!
                            Dammit! Anyone want to but 12 lbs of N.O. Xplode?
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                            • #15
                              But...I was told by a guy I work with that creatine is the key to success and if I want to continue growing, I have to take at least 5g every day with a big cup of juice :WTF: :twitch:

                              hehehe, I may need to forward him this article.
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