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Saturday, September 06, 2008

Is Michael Phelps Lazy?

Michael Phelps won his sixth gold medal of this years Olympic gains. And he did it with ease.

Before the race, NBC did a very interesting story on Phelps' build and structure.

What they revealed may change the way you think about the most dominant swimmer in Olympic history.

Here's the deal:

The journalists involved basically pointed out many of Phelps' physical characteristics that make him such an incredible swimmer.

For example: He has huge hands, which allow him to scoop more water than the average person. He has size 14 feet, which propel him through the water with each kick. He stands six feet four inches tall, with a wing-span of nearly six feet seven inches. And he has a long torso and short legs. All of these physical characteristics add up and the end result is the fastest man ever to hit the water.

So is Michael Phelps Lazy?

Michael Phelps was born with the right physical characteristics to make him an incredible swimmer. So does that mean that he never has to practice, never has to train and would still automatically win gold?

Of course not.

If Phelps had never learned how to swim, all his physical advantages would never have been recognized.

If he did not train with the best coaches, he still may have been a good swimmer but he would never have shattered world records. It was only by combining the physical advantages he received from his parents, and years of hard work and training that Phelps became the dominant swimmer he is today.

So What Does This Have To Do With Building Muscle And Burning Fat?

Just like Phelps, many top bodybuilders and fitness "gurus" are born with the right physical characteristics to help them excel.

Top bodybuilder are born with long muscle bellies, perfect proportions, ideal skeletal formation, increased muscle fiber density and advanced nutrient partitioning abilities.

Which means that many top bodybuilders and fitness gurus find it relatively easy to gain muscle and burn body fat.

This doesn't mean that they are lazy or that they don't have to train. But it does mean that these genetically-gifted individuals will get results even when training in a haphazard manner.

Is There Any Hope For The Average Joe?

If you're a short guy with small hands and small feet you'll probably never beat Michael Phelps in the pool. You could train for decades but Phelps will always have the upper hand because of his physical advantages.

But that doesn't mean that you can't become an incredible swimmer. You can still get amazingly fast in the pool with the right training and instruction. It's the same way with building muscle and burning fat. If you're an average guy, you could train for decades and you'll never win a bodybuilding contest.

Why? Because you simply don't have the right physical advantages.

But that doesn't mean you can't develop an incredible (albeit, not a championship-level) physique with hard work and dedication.

Consider The Source

So if you're an average guy looking to become a better swimmer, Michael Phelps probably would not be the best coach for you. You would probably do better if you could find another average guy who transformed himself into a top swimmer even without physical advantages.

When it comes to building muscle and burning fat, this advice still holds true. Reading about how Arnold or other top bodybuilding champions build their physiques won't do diddly-squat for you. Because what worked for them will NOT work for you.

You would be much better served by following the advice of another genetically average guy who found a way to get results even without physical advantages.

Matt Marshall is not a personal trainer or a professional bodybuilder. He's just a former skinny guy who figured out how average guys (with average genetics) can build muscle and develop outstanding physiques.
Check out his blog here: http://www.AverageWhiteDude.com

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