CAN YOU GET A BODY LIKE SOMEONE ELSE?
Dara Singh Handa
When my cousin first took me to the gym, I was around 10 years old. I remember a huge guy was doing pull-ups shirtless. I couldn't stop admiring his back width and I kept on staring. When he finished his pull-ups he looked at me and asked " age kya hain teri?" I said " 10 years bhaiya" He replied " 12 saal se shuru kar Dena". That day I took a pic of the gym owner who was also a bodybuilder and pasted it on my study table. I wanted to be big, strong and have a back like the guy I saw. I was finally allowed by my parents to join the gym when I was 16years old. I used to think that one day I'll have a back similar to that guy I saw. I built up to 25 pull-ups but my back was nowhere close to that guy. Even after years of training I was nowhere close. But over the years I educated myself and understood that there was more to that back than just doing pull-ups. Probably something out of the scope of naturals. This was a bitter pill I had to swallow. I have seen many people sharing a pic with models, athletes, bodybuilders, strongman etc in it and choosing one of them as their goal body. I have seen this happing to almost with everyone in their intial years of training. While it's great to have a goal as it inspires you, one should understand the real world feasibility of their goal. Below are certain facts you should come in terms with. 1. Genetetic predesposition We differ genetically. We have different limb length, torso size, joint size, hip width, shoulder width, muscle insertions. You cannot naturally change that. No matter how much you want to look like someone, or have chest, biceps like someone you can't unless you have similar structure and muscle insertions. You can just make the muscle bigger or smaller. You cannot change how it looks on you. 2. Specific exercises do not change natural shape of the muscle( insertions) Ever heard people suggesting that one should do preacher curls for better bicep peak or cable crossover for wider pecs? No matter how convincing they sound, science doesn't support their claims. Skeletal muscle(the one your flex and Brag about) are muscles that are attached to your bones through tendons. People with longer attachments often have fuller muscle bellies. You cannot choose or change this attachment. It is completely based on your genetic. You can only make the muscle grow. JC Sir has great biceps not because he did some special exercises. It's because his biceps have fuller bellies and longer insertions and he's been training for over 15 years. 3. Muscle growth potential You may have seen people who are naturally strong without training and have good muscle mass before they start training. This is called baseline muscle mass and it another genetic factor. A person with higher baseline muscle mass will get bigger than others quickly. Also there are people who respond faster to training than others. If this guy gets serious about training and nutrition, he's going to get big surprisingly fast within a short span( still in a year or years). So your expections of becoming like someone after training like him for a given number of years may not reap you expected results. A surprising fact is that men and women have similar potential to grow muscles. Men are bigger because they have higher baseline muscle mass, bigger joints and larger bone structure. 4. Specificity of training and common points. An underwear model has a physique with limited muscle mass but he has to be lean. An athelete has to maintain the physique and conditioning as per his sport. A physique athelete has to have good muscle mass and has to be leaner enough. A pro Bodybuilder has to get as big as possible while being as lean as possible on stage. He also has to makesure that his body is symmetric and muscle bellies look fuller. Strongman on the other hand has nothing to do with how he looks as long as he can maintain his weight class(if any) and be very strong in the specific movements. However all of them have something in common. They progressively overload in their form of training and try to nail in nutrition and good sleep. A model requires limited muscle mass but lean frame. Thus reaching to a model like physique is easier compared to a pro Bodybuilder who has enormous muscles mass. So even if a person makes his goal of becoming a bodybuilder, he will intially look like a model until he gets progressively bigger. Losing fat is comparatively always easier than gaining substantial muscle mass. You can lose 10kg in 12 weeks but gaining 10kg of muscle mass may take years(without medical support). Gaining further gets difficult as you progress on your career. Thus, whatever the goal is, one has to understand it fully and devote enough time. 5. Enhancement, implants, editing etc(the harsh truth) Unless a competition is thoroughly tested, there are high chances that people are going to use enhancement drugs for competitive edge. This is a personal choice and one has to weigh the merits and demerits. Two people with similar genetic potential both nailing their diet, workout and recovery and if one goes the enhanced way, the natural athelete may never get close to other's results. It's not that the natural athelete cannot get much better than what he is, but it won't be as drastic as the enhanced guy. Also many IG male/female fitness models you think have a great body might be having implants in their perfect booties or they may be using angles and editing to make their pics looks more appealing. If you expect you to look like them on no time, you are bound to be disheartened. SILVER LINING TO THE CLOUD The above facts may change your perspective of your dream body. It may also make many think that you can't achieve much naturally. But here's some facts for you. a. You can have an amazing body naturally and you can be super strong too. There are endless examples I can give you for this. b. A body that is achieved naturally and out of years of hardwork teaches you a lot and makes you think in a scientific manner. It develops a broader spectrum of thinking. c. Once achieved, the results and understanding are easily maintainable. d.The risk to reward ratio is very less and good health is the perk. e. It teaches you persistence, patience and commitment.