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Podcast #102: Menno Henselman on how genetics influence muscle building

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Podcast #102: Menno Henselman on how genetics influence muscle building

In this podcast I interview Menno Hennselmans, from BayesianBodybuilding.com, and we talk about how genetics affects your muscle and strength gains and aesthetics.

I thought Menno would be the perfect person to talk to about this because he’s one of the leaders of the evidence-based fitness movement, and one of a handful of people in this space whose work I regularly follow and recommend.

So, if you’ve been wondering about how your genetics influence things like the rate at which you can gain muscle and strength, how big and strong you can ultimately get, how your muscles look as they develop, and more, then you’re going to like this interview.

Here it is.

 

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TIME STAMPS

YouTube:

1:30 – How much do genetics affect speed of muscle growth & what are realistic expectations?

12:40 – What is the potential for muscle hypertrophy & size?

22:50 – What is the timeframe to reach your genetic potential?

25:50 – How do we predict the ceiling of our fat free mass?

35:20 – Is FFMI a hard and fast rule for the limits of a natural lifter?

49:10 – How much do genetics affect how your muscles look?

51:10 – How can you increase your bicep peak?

51:50 – Can genetics affect certain muscle groups responsiveness to training?

57:55 – What are muscle bellies and insertions, and how do genetics influence their look?

1:04:00 – Where can people find your work?

SoundCloud:

4:33 – How much do genetics affect speed of muscle growth & what are realistic expectations?

15:40 – What is the potential for muscle hypertrophy & size?

26:00 – What is the timeframe to reach your genetic potential?

28:50 – How do we predict the ceiling of our fat free mass?

38:20 – Is FFMI a hard and fast rule for the limits of a natural lifter?

52:10 – How much do genetics affect how your muscles look?

54:10 – How can you increase your bicep peak?

54:50 – Can genetics affect certain muscle groups responsiveness to training?

1:00:40 – What are muscle bellies and insertions, and how do genetics influence their look?

1:07:00 – Where can people find your work?

You can also find this podcast in iTunes and the Windows Phone Podcasts Store:

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What did you think of this episode? Have any requests or suggestions? Let me know in the comments below!

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  • Bonnie Jo

    I wish he’d gone more into women’s training etc. I know you tried to get him to talk more about it! I always wonder with studies that only have male subjects – does this apply to me? Men and women are pretty hormonally different.

    • Fortunately, women don’t have to make any MAJOR changes compared to how men train. At least the majority of women, who just want to get into great shape (as opposed to become competitive athletes).

  • Hugo Santos

    The best episode IMO so far. A lot of good information always based on a lot of scientific evidences… Exactly what I like more about MFL and MM.

    Thank you and keep the good work!

  • K. Goldsmith

    Good information but WAY too much background noise. Mouth noises, crunching ice, drinking out of glass, etc…

  • Noah Papafagos

    Awesome podcast, so much value in your content Mike its really astounding sometimes lol

  • Deana Rowley

    If genetics is a big factor do you find certain nationalities or ethnic groups are harder gainers? I’m Portuguese and although we tend to be small women we are not “muscular “. Although I continue to increase weight loads over time my body composition hasn’t changed much.

    • Good question. I haven’t looked into that specifically, so I’m not sure.

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