Why We Should Have More Conversations About Genetics In Muscle Building

This topic needs more attention in the global fitness society

Thomas J. Hahn
7 min readAug 4, 2023
Photo by Sven Mieke on Unsplash

Genetics play a crucial role in fitness and bodybuilding.

If you've loved basketball, for example, since you were a kid but only grew to 1,70m in height later, you won't land in the NBA. Everybody accepts that to be given and no one questions it.

It plays a massive role if we want to build muscles and lose fat, yet somehow in fitness training, nobody wants to accept that genetics can be limiting similarly.

They all want to look like their heroes and heroines but never think that maybe they could not look like them even if they tried.

Genetics can be a bitch or blessing in fitness and are often not taken into account.

If more people knew that this underrated factor is highly influential on how we build our bodies, how fast we can gain muscle tissue, and how quickly we lose body fat, we might not live in such a toxic world in terms of comparison to others.

Regular people would not ask themselves: “Why can’t I look like CBum?”



Thomas J. Hahn

BA in Business; Fitness trainer and personal coach; I'm writing about Diet, Health and Fitness. 🇦🇹 IG: @tommysphysiqueupgrade