Why Genetics Don’t Matter in How Your Body Looks

before and after of personal trainer Westwood client

I met with a young man recently who said to me: “I don’t think I’m meant to have abs.”…
Really? That’s it? You’re throwing in the towel? Just because it doesn’t come to you easily you’re willing to just give up on it?

Let me tell all of you something –


That’s right. Genetics, past history, what your mother fed you for breakfast MEANS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Don’t believe me? Here’s proof that genetics don’t matter:

I read an interesting article in the New York Times recently and wanted to share it with you. It’s about a story of a set of identical twins who did similar activities and sports as kids but had different workout habits as adults, and how that changed them and their health.

I have shared with you in the past that I was a fat kid. I thought that I couldn’t do anything about it, it was just a fact. Then I discovered regimented exercise. Once I started exercising and made that a part of my life, not only my body but my life changed forever. Now, it seems, there is scientific proof to what I already knew.

Twins Arnold and Danny

This photo is for fun but the article and study are real.

This study that was published in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise is the first study that looked at young twins and the impacts of different exercises on their health. They studied 10 pairs of identical male twins, one of whom regularly exercised while the other did not. Scientists measured their endurance, body composition, insulin sensitivity and scanned each twin’s brain.

When they compared results, they were surprised to see that these twins were completely different outside of their identical looks. The twins who didn’t exercise had lower endurance capacities, higher body fat percentages, and signs of insulin resistance, causing concerns about the onset of metabolic problems. What was most interesting is that the twins tended to have very similar diets, even though their workout routines were so different And that proved that food choices were unlikely to have contributed to health differences.
The twins’ brains also were different. The active twins had significantly more grey matter than the twins who didn’t exercise, especially in areas of the brain involved in motor control and coordination.

Researches say that the study results point out that genetics and environment are not that important when it comes to your health, and that a healthy body and mind is in your own hands. Something I also knew a long time ago.
Here is a link to the full NYT article

Your genetics don’t matter. Sign up for your workouts today and change what you always thought you wouldn’t be able to.