The first MuscleGenes genetics and performance seminar at M10 Fitness

Mark Gilbert presenting the MuscleGenes Genetics of Performance seminar at M10 Fitness


Yesterday afternoon, Dr Sam and I headed up to Nottingham to have a little seminar/discussion about MuscleGenes with the guys at M10. M10 is a private personal training gym that is only open to clients who want to train one-on-one with an elite personal trainer and spend every second ‘hitting it hard’ to get optimum results. To deliver the kind of results M10 customers expect, this focused ethos not only requires people who have a passion for fitness, but who also have a thirst for knowledge about all of the major contributors to body composition success. That’s why Mark Coles—the guy who runs M10—and his team like to know all the facts about any new emerging fitness/body composition/bodybuilding trend.

Of course, MuscleGenes is a quickly emerging new means to determine things about your personal physiology that simply cannot be discovered without gene testing, so, not surprisingly, Mark and his crew got MuscleGenes tested and because they had such enthusiasm, we were happy to do a seminar on how MuscleGenes works and answer any questions they had.

So glad we did! First of all, when we arrived, I have to say the equipment was stellar! I wished I had brought my gym kit! Then we had a talk with Mark and immediately recognised his knowledge and enthusiasm for all things fitness and bodybuilding. Then we discussed MuscleGenes with his team of PTs. The seminar went great and near the end, we went over everyone’s gene results and discussed what influences they would be likely to have on the way the guys trained, ate, and supplemented. Many of the guys seemed pretty impressed about the accuracy of our comments on their response to different stimuli. We also talked about the PER3 gene, which was quite accurate at predicting when they guys liked to train during the day. Then Sam surprised everyone by showing them their gene results for eye colour, which was highly accurate! For a little bit of fun for the seminar, Sam had also tested a gene that has some effect on caffeine sensitivity. This one wasn’t too accurate according to how they thought they handled caffeine, but we suspect that the main influence on caffeine tolerance is how much coffee, tea, and other sources of caffeine people ingest (as it is well known that you can build up a tolerance to caffeine), so that is a test we’ll be developing.

Anyhow, at the end of the seminar, everyone (including us) seemed to think they got something positive from it and we’d like to thank Mark and his team for having us at his great facility.

Best wishes


Written by Mark Gilbert

Tuesday, February 25, 2014