5 things I learned from my FitnessGenes DNA test

Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Author Martin Cheifetz

Martin Cheifetz enjoying the outdoors

I’ve been a physically active guy most of my life.  I’m not a particularly good athlete, but I enjoy being outside, being fit, and being healthy.  I also enjoy hitting the weights, but given the choice,  I’d be outside cycling, hiking, kayaking, or skiing instead of being in the gym.  

Like a lot of guys, my journey in the gym started as a scrawny teenager wanting to have some semblance of a masculine physique and evolved into strength training for specific sports.  In my 40’s and now 50's, my trips into the weight room revolve around “aggressively fighting the ageing process”.  As I’ve gotten older, my decision making process has become rather binary:  Would I rather be strong...or weak?  Would I rather be fit...or fat?  Would I rather be full of energy...or lethargic?  Every time I run through those choices, I find myself back in the weight room as I know it’s really the best thing from a body composition perspective, a strength perspective, for improving bone density, for healthier joints, and for increased testosterone levels.

I know all of this not only from trial and error over a lifetime of being physically active, but also because I spent 15 years at the helm of one of the largest fitness media companies on the planet and was directly involved in creating the health and fitness advice read by millions of people in a multitude of languages.  I was very privileged to work with many of the world’s finest fitness writers, sports scientists, exercise physiologists, strength coaches, sports nutrition experts and dieticians; and I learned tremendous amount from them.

I was responsible for at least 150 versions of cover stories like “Get a 6 Pack in 6 Weeks” and another 450 versions of “Big Arms/Big Chest/Killer Wheels” stories and several hundred “Get Lean/Get Shredded” stories, so I believe I’ve read and edited enough excellent and authoritative content from very well educated and credible authors to say this:  Chances are, those programs aren’t going to work for you.

That’s not because those programs are poor.  In fact they’re excellent.  The problem is, they’re generic.  Just because they worked for the author, doesn’t mean they are going to work for you…..or me.  In fact, I must have tried three or four new programs every year for 15 years while I was working at those magazines.   Sometimes I made progress, but never anything substantial.  To be fair, they all required too much time in the gym, and like a lot of people, I’m frankly not interested in lifting weights 5x per week.

It was through my work at the magazines that I met the crew at FitnessGenes.  I took the DNA test and here’s a few things I learned that I was able to put into action right away:  

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