Are Your Limits All in Your Mind?
Itís been said many times that limitations exist primarily in the mind. Of course, genetics is a very real limiting factor in the amount of muscle mass weíre able to build, but itís also true that our beliefs can hold us back. That applies not only to average bodybuilders but even to the top amateurs and pros.
The í04 National middleweight champion, Eryk Bui, is a perfect example. Though heíd done quite well in regional bodybuilding contests, he never thought heíd become a pro because his upper body just wouldnít grow to the same freaky proportions as his legs. One day he realized that his thinking was actually preventing him from even trying to develop a truly freaky upper body, since he trained his legs harder than anything else.
Once he decided that his upper body would grow and heíd become a pro, everything fell into place. His workouts took on a new intensity, his upper body grew at last to match his wheels, and now Bui is indeed a professional bodybuilder. Nearly all of us have stubborn bodyparts, and itís easy to write them off as the product of unfavorable genetics. The actual limitation may not stem from DNA but from our own minds.