And one from Ken Leistner with regard to powerlifting:
What you can be, in a physical sense, was determined before you were born, by your genetic potential; what you will be is determined by your environment and your experiences. So your future physical size and ability can be influenced in some respects, but not in others. Given the genetically determined physical potential of the average man, he has about as much chance of becoming Mr. America as he does of flying by flapping his arms. Becoming Miss America is equally difficult and requires physical potential that probably exists in one woman out of an average 100,000 women. Almost anybody can produce an enormous level of physical improvement as a result of proper exercise, but final results will not be the same in all cases. The fact that somebody else produced a certain level of physical size and strength does not mean that you can duplicate their results. Unusual levels of muscular size or strength are certainly a result of exercise, but are also a result of genetic physical potential that is actually quite rare. Playing any amount of basketball and eating Wheaties will not get you a job playing for one of the NBA teams. If that is your ambition, then you should go back and reselect your parents so that you are close to, or in excess of, seven feet tall. But since that is impossible, all you can do is to produce the best results that are possible given your individual genetic potential.
The great lifters are great not because they came up with a training philosophy or program that made them great but rather, they had genetic makeup, innate ability to get brutally strong in the three competitive lifts, the drive to train, time to train, and cellular responsiveness to training that led to their achievements. The average PLUSA reader doesn't have that. Sorry, but that's a fact and you can read the so-called experts who call my statement and statements like that as coming from "losers" or "whiners" who won't work hard enough to succeed but they're full of it."