View Full Version : Can being in shape effect the genes you pass on?

08-14-2004, 08:49 PM
I was in OK shape when my wife and I concieved our daughter, and was thinking that when it comes time to "try" for our next, I should also try to time my workout program to have myself in the best shape possible.

I was wondering if there would be a higher chance of passing on genes that would result in more of a mesomorphic metabolism than if my wife and I were fat and lazy.

I know we (wife and I) already have our body type imprinted in our genes making us who we are, but I figgured that maybe there would be a better chance of giving a better gene.

I figgured since I'm more of a combo of meso and endomorphic(slightly more endo it seems) and my brother swings very close to the extreme ectomorphic side, that maybe we all have a chance of passing on a "better" gene (if one would consider mesomorphic better).

Just a thought,

08-14-2004, 10:34 PM
Nice thought but as you say I think it's in your genes . Of course being in good health can't be a bad thing for both of you but as to passing on any change in bodytype to your offspring I'm no doctor, but I would say no basically.

If your an ecto and you do heavy weight training and gain some LBM , it doesn't effect your initial bodytype or genes.

YOu need erpe7e to answer , he's the doctor and i've had a few glasses of wine, so should not be answering posts right now.

08-16-2004, 08:38 PM

No. Sorry to burst your bubble. You can change the genes you pass on to your kids, for example by directing ionizing radiation at your testicles for extended periods of time. I'm guessing this will not have the effect on your progeny that you hoped for.