Wednesday, June 30, 2010
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The following is an Excerpt from my BOOK InVINCEable™
you can purchase InVINCEable™ on my website www.darylconant.com
Genetics plays a big part in the success of the True Natural Bodybuilder. As I said
before everyone can bodybuild to their own potential, however, some people are just
blessed with superior genetics which makes gaining muscle easy for them. The less
fortunate person with average to poor genetics has to work harder to make substantial
Genetics are the cellular codes that are in each cell of the body that computes what we
look like, how the cells work and how long the cells in the body will survive. In each cell
is the DNA that is a set plan for our life. The DNA is a matrix of chromosomal strands
that dictate what a person looks like, how tall they will be, how much muscle they will
have (fast twitch/ slow twitch ﬁbers), lung capacity, hair color, eye color, etc. From the
moment we are conceived to the day we die our body is stuck to this underlying genetic
Genetics will dictate how long we live and how healthy we will be during our life. The
genetic codes that lie within us all have a certain time associated with them. The cells
of the body have a certain life span. Every second of our life cells die and are
regenerated, this is known as cellular replication. Cellular replication is an ongoing
process. The older we get the less cells regenerate, this is the aging process. For
example, skin cells are not as abundant as they were when we were younger so the cell
number is reduced causing the adverse effects of aging to be seen in the wrinkling and
stretching of the skin. Did you know that it takes three hundred and sixty ﬁve days (one
year) for the body to completely replicate itself? As each cellular replication cycle
passes the genetics of the cells is revealed. Some people who have great genetics
may be able to restore and replicate cells faster and more abundant that others, making
the appearance of being young at an older age more apparent. People with poor
genetics may have a family history of heart disease and diabetes starting at the age of
forty. A person in this family is more prone to developing these conditions as the forty
year mark approaches. The genetic codes are written to cause heart disease or
diabetes at a certain age. All a person can do to combat the onset of these conditions is
to reduce the timing of the genetic code release. Exercise and proper nutrition and a
healthy lifestyle can help reduce the aging effect and possibly help reduce the triggering
of the genetic code that is responsible for breaking down the pancreas or heart, but
eventually the systems will cease. Genetics will always win in the end. No matter how
healthy a person is, there will come a day when the genetic codes will be ordered to
shut down the cells. Death is inescapable. Our cells have already been given the
time of their death the moment we were conceived. Unfortunately, some people do not
get to live out their full genetic potential because of premature death caused by external
factors (accidents, war, etc.) If you get to live a long life then feel blessed that you possessed good genetics.
My grandmother lived to be ninety-ﬁve years old without exercising or worrying about a special diet.
Goes to show that genetics dictates how long a person lives.
So what does this mean for the True Natural Bodybuilder?
It means that genetics play a big part in how much muscle you will gain and how your
body will look (symmetry). Some people have a bigger upper body and thin lower
body. No matter how much they train they may never have a balanced body. Also,
bones come in different shapes and sizes. Some people have long thin bones, while
others have short dense bones. Body types are categorized as ectomorph,
mesomorph, and endomorph. Whether you are an ectomorph (thin lean body), a
mesomorph (muscular, stocky) or an endomorph (thick bone, heavy set) is determined
in your genetic coding. If you are an ectomorph does not mean that you will not be able
to put on muscle size. You might not be able to put on muscle as easily, as say the
mesomorph, but you can still put on muscle with a little work and the right training and
nutrition program. What everyone needs to understand is that muscle attaches to the
bone by tendons. People with long limbs, thin bones are more prone to have long
muscle and tendon attachments, therefore, the muscle is limited to how deep the
contraction can be produced. Usually those with long limbs have small muscle bellies
and longer than normal tendons attaching to the bone. The tendon is attached more
distal on the radius. Tendons are very strong and they produce much of the contractile
force before the muscle gets hit. For example, when an ectomorph does a bicep curl,
they are already at a disadvantage because of the length of their limbs, the bicep
tendon does three-forths of the movement. It isnʼt until the last quarter of the exercise
that the muscle actually gets to initiate the myosin/actin crossbridges to fully engage.
This is why people with long tendons and short muscle bellies have such a hard time
putting on thick muscle. Ectomorphs are not designed to carry lots of muscle, however,
with proper training and nutrition they can develop a good looking physique. An
endomorph needs more discipline and commitment than the other two body types.
The mesomorph is the genetic superior when it comes to bodybuilding. The
mesomorph are the body types that are born with a muscular body. Muscle develops
easy for these types and in some cases people that have a mesomorphic build often
times do not even workout and they have great looking physique. The reason for this
high concentration of muscle is because of long muscle bellies and short tendon
attachments. For example, looking again at the bicep muscle, the tendon is attached
closer to the proximal part of the radius. When the arm begins to curl the weight, the
tendon contracts and force is generated. The tendon only does one quarter of the
movement allowing the muscle to contract fully three fourths of the rest of the
movement. Therefore, the muscle bellies are longer allowing the muscle ﬁbers to get a
better complete contraction.
At the other spectrum are the endomorphs, they are the ones that are more prone to
gaining excessive amounts of weight mostly being in the form of fat. These body types
are constantly battling their weight. Of the three different body types, the endomorphs
have the hardest time of maintaining a well deﬁned muscular body. Not to say that the
endomorph canʼt develop a great looking physique, however, to keep a well deﬁned
physique takes a considerable amount of discipline and commitment than the other two
body types. In my opinion I feel that not everyone is a strict body type, I believe that we
all share characteristics of these body types. Some people may be classiﬁed as being
in the middle of ectomorph and mesomorph body type and still have the ability to
develop a phenomenal build. Look at Frank Zane he had a great physique and was not
extremely heavy like Arnold Schwarzenegger. Arnold falls into the mesomorph with a
slight endomorph make up. If Arnold did not take steroids to help him stay muscular he
probably would have had a high percentage of body fat and looked more like a power
lifter than a bodybuilder. As you can see, body types are not always clear cut. Genetics
are the written codes of the body. We all differ in certain areas and these differences
will determine who will have more muscle.
I feel strongly that most of the reasons why people have such a hard time putting on
large amounts of muscle naturally is because of the complexity of their cellular make up.
I believe that we all have different levels of ATP production, the organelles can only
grow to a certain size, bone size (calcium storage differs from person to person),
anaerobic and aerobic enzymes are regulated to grow only so big, action potentials are
determined by the conductivity of the central nervous system, hormone levels, oxygen
levels, blood volume, amount of total number of muscle cells (fast twitch/ slow twitch),
muscle attachments, tendon length and placement on the bone and pennation of
muscle ﬁbers, amount of hormonal secretion occurring naturally in a personʼs endocrine
system, more red blood cells, greater digestion absorption, greater liver hydrolysis. All
of these functions, tissue and systems all play a part in the total production of muscle
growth. There is not just one factor that inﬂuences muscle growth it is many. For those
that have no problems with putting on muscle could have greater calcium storage and
perhaps have a longer period of ATP production which keeps calcium outside the
sarcoplasmic reticulum allowing troponin and tropomyosin to keep the ﬁlaments
attracted to each other longer? Or they could have a higher number of total muscle
cells and have huge anaerobic enzymes that allow for better sugar metabolism. There
are so many different scenarios that could be the reason for why people can get so
muscular while others canʼt. You can only gain as much as your genetics will allow.
Excerpt from my BOOK InVINCEable™
you can purchase InVINCEable™ on my website www.darylconant.com
Sunday, June 20, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
I feel that most people have no idea how to eat, what to eat, when to eat, or why they need to eat. It fascinates me on the ignorance of the American people when it comes to nutrition. The truth is, is that it is all about vital nutrients to feed the vital nutrient exchange system, not calories. Calories are exploited by the media. I wrote "diet EARTH" to help people understand the truth of food works in the body and that it is more important to take in real usable nutrients rather than being concerned with calories.
Just for the heck of it I counted up all the calories that I ate in one day. I read the label of each thing I ate. According to the calorie method I take in on average 7000 calories a day. "OH MY GOSH!!!!! Daryl you are crazy, you are going to die. You are going to be fat!!!!!". said a person once I told them how many calories I take in. I asked them if the calorie idea worked so well then I should be fat and on the verge of dying from eating this many calories a day. Yet. I remain at 4% body fat, and am able to maintain my muscle mass without any problem. I told the person, "I never count calories I don't believe in it. I only count nutrient amounts." I know how much vitamin B, C, D, E, protein, fat, low glycemic carbs and minerals I need a day to maintain my muscle. I only care about ingesting the best organic nutrients."
It seems that society is constantly in a battle with stupid ideas that never seem to work. The calorie idea is a great way for the media and food companies to make money. More magazines sell if they say "weight loss" or "Low Calories". More food sells if it says low calories. People will buy low calorie food regardless if there are no nutrients in it, just as long as it says low calorie. "Hey honey, I found us healthy donuts. This donut only has 20 calories, which means it is healthy for us." This is usually the way Americans think. They could care less that the donut is loaded with cancer producing agents, and that the vital nutrient exchange system will be compromised of getting nutrients, which will in turn cause a catabolic effect to occur. Muscle is used to provide protein to the VNES and fat metabolism ceases. The person gets fatter from eating the 20 calorie donut. Unfortunately, this is the great American way of believing that eating foods that have less calories is actually a healthy thing to do.
The bottom line is that: I don't care what nutritionists,dieticians, doctors, or Billy Bob says about calories. I don't agree with that way of thinking and I will stick with my belief that eating true natural organic dense nutrient foods are what we should be concerned with.
In my book diet EARTH I discuss in much more detail how calories are bogus and how eating nutrients is the key to health.
YOU CAN PURCHASE A COPY OF diet EARTH on my website www.darylconant.com.
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Friday, June 11, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
This is a picture of Vince who is the older guy on the right. I have no clue who the guy on the left is. But you can see the sign behind them. That is the sign that I now own.
I am now the proud owner of the original Vince's Gym Sign. I am very excited to have this piece of history. It means a great deal to me. Vince's Gym was the mecca for bodybuilders for over fifty years. And to now have the original sign that so many legendary bodybuilders and actors stood in front is just awesome. I know it was hard for the previous owner of the sign to part with, but he can rest assured that I will take great care of it. Personally, I believe that something of this historical value should be in a museum. If you want to see it come on down to The Fitness Nut House. It is very cool!!!
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