Okay, so I see this constantly on social media. Instagram, Facebook, Youtube, etc…
It’s from all of these guys and girls who are in great shape, massive bodybuilders, jacked to the bone, etc… (or who think they are) always posting pictures of when they were children saying
“Look how small and chubby I was when I was 8. Obviously I have terrible genetics, meaning I got to where I am with no help from my genes.”
No, that picture from when you were an inactive 16, 12, or 4 year old kid doesn’t mean jack. At that age you were sitting on the couch every day eating potato chips and watching Looney Toons.
Why would your body look like it was in any shape at all? Even if you had Arnold Schwarzenegger’s genetics, you would look like you’ve never worked out in your life.
It’s a concept many people don’t seem to understand. “This guy’s looks like he never worked out before. I’ll bet that’s because he has bad genetics, and not because he’s never worked out before.” When it’s stated this way, it sounds a bit ridiculous, doesn’t it?
But millions of people are still falling for this ploy that their favorite social media celebrities are using every day to make it appear like they work harder so that you will love and adore them more for the hard work and passion.
Now I’m not saying these people don’t work their asses off. They obviously do. I understand the level of work it takes to get to that level of athleticism and physique.
But stop with the charade. It means absolutely nothing that you were had baby fat and no muscle tone when you were 6 years old. EVERYBODY had baby fat and no muscle tone when they were 6.
I have actually seen people post pictures of their 6 year old selves right next to a picture of their current 32 year old steroid induced physique and claim because they were skinny as a kid that they are supposed to be skinny now but “I don’t let genetics define me” or some similar stereotypical phrase is written in the caption
No, I’m not making this about steroids. That’s not what this is about at all. That is another rant for a future post.
Yes, we see that you have a nice physique. But don’t claim your genetics didn’t help you when you post a picture of your pre-lifting body. Most of the people making these posts actually do have a ton of help from genetics.
They would most likely never be social media celebrity status without great genetics to help them get there. For every fitness celebrity out there, there are many more people who work just as hard as them but do not have the genetic capability to compete with this person who is being idolized.
A couple of similar scenarios that grind my gears just the same would be:
1. A picture comparing your 24 year-old pre-lifting borderline obese self with your current 28 year-old self after religiously going to the gym for four years and still blaming genetics for how bad you looked before you started lifting. NO. You looked bad because you didn’t take care of yourself. It had nothing to do with your genetics!
2. Bodybuilders posting pictures comparing their “bulk” phase when they are fat with no definition to pictures of their “cut” phase after they have dieted down for 4 months and then trying to pass it off as a transformation from somebody who knew nothing about exercise to a shredded beast in 4 months. Not only is this person trying to pass off a complete lie since – like any experienced bodybuilder – they have pulled off this same transformation a dozen times. This bodybuilder is also giving false hope to their followers who think that’s possible for anyone else out there who doesn’t have any idea what they are doing.
Bottom Line. You can post transformation pictures all you want. I have absolutely no problem with that. You can use steroids all you want. I have no problem with that. What I have a problem with is using your genetics as a ploy to make people think you have worked harder than you actually have, especially when you most-likely DO have some of the better genetics in the field.