Tyler Robbins Fitness

B.Sc. Biochemistry, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), Certified CrossFit Trainer (CCFT/CF-L3), USA Weightlifting Level 1

Day 39 - Genetics Count

There are many traits that we inherit from our parents. Our attitudes, moods, opinions, beliefs, looks, etc. can all come from our parents. Some of these factors are genetically-linked, others are not.

As we age, there are certain things that we can change about ourselves, that may be different than the way we thought or acted as a child. An example of this would be our personalities. Oftentimes as a child you develop your personality from your surroundings, which is often derived from your parents/siblings.

One thing that you little control over is your body type and your appearance. I know some of you may be disagreeing with me at this point, but it is time to face the facts and the fact of the matter is that this piece of information is either going to make you feel better or worse about your current situation. I am here to explain to you that your goals and your will to succeed should be focused on other more non-cosmetic aspirations.

Just as your eye color, hair color, and skin color are determined at conception, as to is your smile, your affinity to build muscle, and whether or not your are going to have freckles or not - we are all unique, a chemical mixing bowl of genetic material that was passed onto you from your parents that determines so much of who you are.

I don't necessarily suggest going around and asking professional athletes to take their shirts off, but doing so may surprise you. Some of the best athletes in the world would never grace the cover of a magazine. Sure, some of them will, but there is a vast majority of them that won't. Why? Because they aren't fit and healthy? You couldn't be further from the truth. You need to remember that being fit and healthy does not necessarily mean you are going to 'look good', and vice versa. 

Unfortunately, in today's society, there is a lot of emphasis placed on external appearances. I could write an entire blog, alone, on the unfair advantages the 'good looking' ones receive. Sex sells, there is no getting around that fact. Without a doubt that is the reason why we are seeing more and more people getting cosmetic surgeries to enhance their bodies and make themselves look, and presumably feel better.

What would you think if someone you knew went to a plastic surgeon to have a major reconstructive surgery done to their face so that they could look exactly like Brad Pitt? Pretty silly (and outlandish) idea right? Why do we find that sort of search for 'beauty' to be any different than saying, "Damn, I wish I had (insert person's name here)'s (insert body part here)!"

You are who you are and there is no changing that!

Now, I feel the need to clarify things a bit here. Some people may mistake this blog for an excuse to eat whatever they want and not exercise because "you are who you are". That is not what I mean at all.

One of your main goals in life should be to become the best individual that you can be...period. Stop worrying about how your abs look. Stop worrying about how big your biceps are, or how big your butt is. Health and fitness should be about feeling good and performing at everyday things better.

Sure, you may never grace the cover of a magazine, but becoming a strong, healthy individual should be the day-to-day life you want to live anyways. A good physical appearance just comes easier for some individuals, but that doesn't mean that you shouldn't work hard and push yourself!

Quote of the day:
"We cannot become what we need to be by remaining what we are."
-Max Depree