Hardgainer Training - Hardgainer Tips for Non-Responders

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hy are government exercise guidelines harming your health?

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Curse of the Hardgainer

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Do you keep fit? Do you engage in 150 minutes moderate activity or 75 minutes vigorous activity per week? Congratulations! These are the exercise guidelines recommended by the UK government, and you are hitting their good health targets.

But wait. Before you go popping any celebratory champagne, could these exercise guidelines be wrong?

Recent research suggests this might be the case, and shows how many of us fail to experience any negligible benefit from exercise.

Welcome to the curse of the hardgainer!


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These sobering findings come from scientists at universities in Nottingham and Birmingham. At the vanguard of this research is Professor James Timmons.

Skeptical about current government exercise guidelines, Timmons employs genetic testing to assess a subject's response to activity.

And what did Timmons find?

He discovered people respond very differently to exercise - but more importantly, Timmons learned how an alarming percentage of people barely respond to exercise at all.

This difference in exercise response can be broken down into roughly three groups:

  • Super-Responders. In one group, you have super-responders who react to exercise well. If you find yourself amongst this lucky 15% of the population, you can expect to experience a huge benefit from workouts. In this group, you will also experience the best results following the government exercise guidelines. In muscle building terms, you will be an easy gainer.
  • Average-Responders. In the next group, you have average-responders. If you find yourself amongst this 65% of the population, you can expect to experience moderate benefits from exercise and enjoy typical results following the government exercise guidelines. In muscle building terms, you will be an average gainer.
  • Non-Responders. In this final group, you have non-responders who react to exercise poorly. If you find yourself amongst this unlucky 20% of the population, you can expect to experience negligible benefit from exercise. For this unfortunate group, you will also experience the poorest results by following the government exercise guidelines. In muscle building terms, you will be a hardgainer.

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So what does this mean to you? It means your genes largely dictate any fitness gains you might wish to make. Moreover, it means any government exercise guidelines totally ignore a significant percentage of the population - the unlucky non-responders and strength training hardgainers.

Because of these findings, it become ever more important not to fall into the "one-size-fits-all" exercise trap. Instead, any activity - especially your efforts in the gym - need to be personalized.

This becomes critical if you want to turn your training to your advantage and realize your full potential, whatever your genetic endowment might be.

In Summary

Why are government exercise guidelines harming your health?

Learn the secrets of hardgainer training.


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