“Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”
I took along an eclectic mix of reading to keep me occupied during my in-flight hours last weekend; a copy of Rob Bell’s Velvet Elvis (it was actually Brittani’s copy), and my well-worn copy of Dr. Doug McGuff’s Body By Science, among other titles, magazines, newspapers, etc. I’ve been contemplating as of late, the limitations our inherited genetics place on our realistically obtainable goals, and (maybe a less “depressing” notion), how to target training so as to best work with our genetics in order to realize our optimized phenotype.
Dr. McGuff covers this territory in a well-written chapter 8 (The Genetic Factor) of Body by Science. I encorage everyone to get a copy of Dr. McGuff’s work, even if you’re opposed to (or a non-responder) the SS/HIT methodology or premise, because the science outlined throughout the work is of universal value. Absent in this book are the smoke and mirrors that accompany most training books; Doug (and I’d be remiss if I left out John Little) lay out the science and draw their conclusions. You can use that science to agree, disagree or draw conclusions of your own. In my opinion, chapter 8 of Body by Science is alone worth the price of admission.
I’ve got plenty more to say about the genetic factor, and how it relates to individualized training — much more than I care to shove in one post. That said, I plan on revisiting this subject throughout the upcoming week. So, if you’ve got a copy of BBS, read (or re-read) chapter 8, and let’s compare notes and ideas.