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Genetics and Strength Potential Articles
Ever wondered how much stronger or how much bigger you can get drug-free? Start with Greg's series Your Drug-Free Muscle and Strength Potential: Part 1 and Part 2. Based on a few simple calculations, you can get a pretty good idea of your muscular and strength potential.
This article models the relative strength advantage you’d expect from steroid usage. Does theory match experimental and observational evidence?
We all know at least one scrawny guy with more strength than people who are way bigger and more muscular. How can that happen? We have your answer here.
How much control do we have over strength and hypertrophy outcomes? Here’s what we know about the relationship between genetics and strength training.
People like to know how they measure up against some standard. For some, that means trying to be the strongest person in their gym. For some, that means trying to attain a certain placing at a high-level meet. For others, that means pursuing records. Perhaps the two most common standards people use are strength/bodyweight ratios […]
What you’re getting yourself into 4,100 words, 13-28 minute read time Key Points Unless you’re a superheavyweight for life, the fastest way to increase your competitiveness in powerlifting is to get leaner if you have fat to lose. After that, you should try to move up into the biggest weight class you can get into […]
If you haven’t read the first part of this series, go ahead and check it out before diving into this article. Just a quick recap of the background information from Part 1: Of the available models for predicting your drug-free muscular potential, muscle:bone ratio is probably the best option, but Dr. Casey Butt’s calculations are based […]
What you’re getting yourself into: 3,300 words, 11-22 minute read time Key Points: 1) Drug-free muscular potential is influenced by the size of your frame. 2) Strength is a function of neural factors and muscular factors. Once you’ve hit a point of diminishing returns for the neural factors, your strength potential will be determined by how much muscle […]
What you’re getting yourself into 5300 words, 17-35 minute read time Key Points 1) The most common method people use to compare relative strength is strength/bodyweight ratios. However, this standard is horribly flawed. 2) The formulas used to compare relative strength in powerlifting (most notably the Wilks formula) have their own issues. The two biggest problems with […]
What you’re getting yourself into: -3,200 words. 8-12 minute read time. If you’re in a hurry, you can skip to the last section for the takeaways, but they may not make as much sense unless you actually read this one all the way through. Key points: 1) Your beliefs influence your physiology directly, and the […]