I have a great friend named Jason. When Jason takes his shirt off he looks like a combination of Farnese Hercules and RoboCop. Jason’s son, Jadon, is an ODP (Olympic Development Program) gymnast at 10 years old. Jadon’s little body has more sinew than the entire cast of “300”. The kid looks like something Michelangelo cut out of stone. Jason’s dad, Florin, is 61 and looks like an older version of Jason. He can rip a phone book in half faster than the genetics claimers could rip open a bag of Lays.
So obviously, Jason, and now Jadon, are successful in their respective fitness arenas because of genetics, right? Wrong!
Jason’s dad, Florin, dedicated his life as a boy and young man to weightlifting sport. He had a secret dream to make the Olympic team and then flee communist Romania. His first born son, Jason, began his training as a boy. He started serious weightlifting at 17 and set many strongman national records all through his twenties. Jason is now 38 and still lifts every day. Jason’s first born son, Jadon has come to my gym with his dad since he was a toddler. Jason would encourage Jadon to workout at his side, and stop to teach Jadon all that he knows. Jason is extremely encouraging, and is adamant on Jadon’s commitment. When I stop by Jason’s house to visit with his family, Jadon can be found hanging on a set of gymnastic rings his dad hung up for him.
When I look at their family, I see exceptional examples being set. I see focus, dedication, and stick-to-it-ness. If you would like to call the passing on of character traits through exemplified action, genetics, you’re welcome to. However, it’s not going to help you with your lack of discipline. Find a community that will exemplify the focus you desire to have with your nutrition, that will support your training discipline, that will hold you accountable to your fitness goals, and then you will be on your way towards “better genetics”. Or don’t, and teach your kids that their health and fitness aren’t in their control, and they were doomed from the start.
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-Bradley Berlin

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