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Are genetics a barrier to improving fitness levels?

Yes and no. Each individual has a genetic potential, and this means that a hypothetical upper limit does exist. Our genes carry information which largely determines our bodies' physical appearance and maximal capability. However, we have the ability to achieve various adaptations such as increased strength or improved endurance. Our ability to adapt through specific types of training will depend on individual factors such as age, sex, current physical condition, and overall health. Engaging in the right health and fitness program allows us to play a wild card, which gives us the ability to push our bodies past our genetic set points.

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