k10malau saidHaha thank you for your post back, but once again the whole point is that these ARE my friends and they are just have friendly banter. I was merely asking for any wise ass remarks back if anyone had one. Oh and Makena is my name, haha. If you read one of my last posts, you'll see that we all make fun of each other, but thats just an instance where they can gang up on me. I meant this to be more funny than serious I guess. And for those scientific names... i just remember learning them in high school. But as for the genetics only affecting someone 1 - 5 % is not true.... People do have body types... height, weight (potential), eye color, hair color, etc are all determined by genetics dude... Im not blaming my genetics for my structure, in fact I like my structure. But I do believe it plays a big role in someone being able to gain muscle easily, lose fat easily, or etc.
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: um, means of quantification being varied there's no specific number, but that's quite true. (I'm a scientist just FYI.) Top 1-5% is NOT top professional athlete level -- to be clear. But most of the processes associated with general health and athleticism (muscle function, fat %, V02 max, etc.) are inherently dynamic.
Their maximum's and some details are controlled by genetics. However the VAST majority of variance between peoples is a function of behavior - of input into that system.
In the same way that while there might be some genetic components to intelligence when it comes to reading, math, etc. most of the difference between people is educational application. (Anyone can do calculus -- most don't try to learn it.)
The nature of the dynamic mechanisms associated with athleticism are such that impairment in them would keep you out of that top 1-5% would also probably kill you as a fetus or otherwise render you extremely diseased.
Take your average guy who never goes to a gym -- they are way above their health minimum. The only reason they can stand, and walk across a room without falling down is because the same anabolic and other adaptive mechanisms that make for a professional athlete are functioning to make their body work -- though merely adapted to the level of exertion it is normally subject too.
So yeah. The vast majority of variance in human athletic health is purely a function of behavior. Not genetics. (This is very different than "eye color" or "height" -- those are not or minimally dynamic and thus genetics is the primary factor accounting for human variation.)