No matter how much iron I pump, I’m not seeing results
Having difficulty buffing up? There could be plenty of reasons for that. One could be ineffective training. Your diet may also be incompatible with your muscle strength goals. Don’t discount how much your genes affect or react to these external factors too.
Getting your genes checked could let you know if you’re the type who burns through calories and fats quickly, or if you have a problematic metabolism. Additionally, your muscle mass, metabolic efficiency, and meal timing and frequency could be affected by several other gene variations.
Muscle size and strength gene: MSTN
Your response to resistance training (in addition to how much muscle mass and strength you’ll get from it) relies on the MSTN gene. Most of the populace have a regular DNA sequence that results in normal muscle growth. However, there are a handful of individuals who possess a special “knockout gene” that gives them rippling abs and pecs from just working out regularly.
Muscle volume gene: IL15RA
This gene has been shown to have an influence on delaying muscle loss and breakdown, as well as the speed with which your muscle size increases. What kind of gene variation you carry can be seen in how you respond to resistance training: some grow in strength but not so much in size, while it’s the other way around for others.
Genes for regular growth and development: IGF1 + IGF1_2
This gene influences how our muscles grow and develop, with particular genotypes are linked to subpar strength and performance.
Strength gene: ACVR1B
Average muscle strength has been seen in people with specific variants of this gene.
What to do about it
Nutrient timing is your best option if you’re among the many who are not likely to grow in terms of muscle mass unless they exert superhuman effort. Simply put, nutrient timing is making the most out of your exercise routine by ensuring you have ample energy to power through and sustain it—and combining it with a pre- and post-workout-appropriate diet. By harmonizing your calorie intake to your physical activity, you’re avoiding putting your time and effort to waste. To get the best results, limit food intake from 30 minutes to an hour pre-workout, and 20 minutes post-workout.