[i]Originally posted by Big10champ[/i]
We say that a human-being can only reach its own potential.
Have these theorys of genetics ever fully been put to the test?
Some have some have not…..macro-evolution has never been proven, micro-evolution has, anthropometric differences within nationalities are well documented, as are such things as hereditary characteristics, some of which have been linked to performance in various sports, events, etc.
Is there really a limit to how far we can go over time?
Realistically this is a difficult question to answer but the answer at least within a given individual is almost certainly yes. Within the human race, there is theoretically no limitation on performance if we assume that new genetic outliers are being born every day and there is always the possibility for genetic mutations which could make the unthinkable reality. In all likelihood though, the limit of human performance as a whole will not improve too much more even if the performances do improve. Improvements in the best performances of all time will likely be achieved when some combination of better training methods, better restoration methods (both legal and illegal), better equipment, and ideal competition environments are combined with a person who is already a genetic anomaly.
If you know anything about the chemistry of the human cell, you will know that yours are identical to mine. In every way that counts. If I nourish my body well enough it may become much more productive, in every function. Including building fibers and muscles. It may become elite.
This is simply not true. Maybe this is true for the purposes of Biology 101 but certainly not for advance histology. While 99.x% of all people’s cellular and DNA makeup may be the same this can be misleading because it is the remaing 1% that is different that determines who will be the very best of the best. The similarities explain such things as why we all have a nose, walk on two legs, breath oxygen, have 2 lungs, 10 fingers, etc. It is the minute differences that largely separate elite level performance from non-elite level performance (assuming all else is equal). Also, cells alone, or even fiber type distribution does not tell the whole story on performance. It ignores such equally important factors as anthropometry, muscle attachment and origin sites, tendon elasticity.
Don’t be fooled by people who give you impossibilitys. To say that these things are impossible is to seriously under estimate the human body. Because they’ve seen sprinters who work their tails off never to break 11. This is just a misconception. These runners they watched simply were not doing the correct things for their bodies to take these strides. They were not working hard enough. Because if you know anything about the human body at all, you’ll know that it is quite capable of doing these things.
While your attitude is to be admired, I can guarantee you with 100% assurance that there are quite a few people who could train as smart and as hard as they possibly could under the most ideal conditions and never run 13 seconds much less sub-11. I would actually venture to say these people would far outweigh those people who could run sub 11. If you doubt this, next time you’re out at the mall or walking around school take a look around and ask yourself if you honestly think everyone you see could break 11 seconds. I’m not sure about where you live but where I live I always find their are some people who have a difficult enough time just walking (because of coordination, weight, joint, or any other host of issues) much less running at sub-11 speed.
And we’re just talking about some muscle areas here, we’re just talking about sprinting. When the mind – is capable of much, much more. As science has proven that the human body and mind even more so are equipped with adequate resources to do almost anything.
While this is largely true it applies more to the human race as a whole and not to individuals within the human race. Adaptation is one of the the miraculous things about living organisms but it appears that adaptation does not go on indefinitely even under the most ideal conditions.
I’m saying that you can build the same muscles, and, if you use elite coaching – you too, may be elite over enough time/with enough of the right work.
Again your sentiment is great but as I’ve said before you can’t make a world class sculpture out of mud even if you do try your hardest….some people will have what it takes, others, sad as it may be, will not.