Body By Science Contributor, Ryan Hall – How To Train Specifically For Your Genetics And How Genetic Traits Determine Exercise Results

Ryan Hall training client
Ryan Hall training client on the MedX Torso Rotation

Ryan A. Hall, BS, MS, Exercise Physiology, Certified Master Trainer, and major partner in Exercise Science, LLC has over 25 years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Ryan’s Exercise and Genetic Variability Lecture formed the basis of Chapter 8The Genetic Factor in Body By Science by Dr Doug McGuff and John Little. He also contributed to Chapter 3: The Dose/Response Relationship of Exercise.

Ryan is a two time winner of the Vane Wilson award from the University of New Orleans, Department of Human Performance and Health Promotion for making the largest contribution to the field post graduation. Furthermore, he’s a certified level I, level II, and Master SuperSlow® Trainer, making him one of only a handful of individuals throughout the world to have ever earned the title.

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If you want to learn all about how genetics determine your workout results, you will love this!

In this episode we go deep! You will learn:

  • How genetics determine training outcomes
  • How to figure out the most effective training protocol for you and/or your clients
  • How and why different people respond to different training protocols
  • How to train someone who is extremely oxidative
  • And much more

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Show Notes

  • Ryan’s background [4:50]
  • How does Ryan attract older and re-hab populations to his facility? [8:20]
  • The reason for so many conflicting arguments in exercise science and Ryan’s exercise learning curve [11:59]
  • How genetics determine the outcomes of different training protocols [24:00]
  • How does Ryan figure out what training protocol is going to be most effective for his clients? [37:15]
  • How to figure out what training protocol is most effective for you [51:55]
  • How to train someone who is extremely oxidative and requires less resistance and more volume [1:04:45]
  • Is there evidence of “non-responders” with all training protocols? [1:08:50]
  • A closer look at the role of specific different genes in training outcomes [1:12:40]
  • What has Ryan changed his mind about in the last year regarding exercise? [1:24:50]
  • How to contact Ryan [1:30:30]

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People Mentioned

  • Gustaf Bodén

    One of my favourite episodes for sure, you gotta get Ryan back soon!

    • Hey Gustaf! Thanks. I really appreciate the comment. We recorded part two. I know Lawrence is really busy at the moment. Stay tuned. 👍

    • Currently moving country but working on getting Part 2 published in ~2 weeks. Watch this space!

  • Joas Haefliger

    That’s very interesting for sure, but even more confusing when to choose the kind of training to apply, so to me is trial and error, and figure out what works and what not.

    • I appreciate it can be confusing. You could probably tell how clueless I felt sometimes during the interview! That was one of the reasons I wanted Ryan on for a second time to help me get to grips with some of this stuff. Trail and error works well too 😀

  • ad ligtvoet

    A very good interview. 2 Weeks till next podcast……..something to look foreward to.
    Guess the specifics of the excentric phase of a movement and it’s influence on growth stimulating will be part of it (in combination with ATP availability reduction)?

    • Ad, yes we spoke about this in part two.

      • ad ligtvoet

        Connecting dots, atleast that’s what I get from reading/listening. Knowing and experience are both needed. Thank you both for ‘helping’ out………

        • Thank you for your continued support Ad.

  • Ralph Hollandsworth

    Wow… third time through and still learning something… light bulb moment when Mr. Hall mentioned his experience. I couldn’t figure out why my reps and time under load were nearly the same even with 30 pounds added. Also, the metabolic response as he described is what I typically experience. My heart rate is going through the roof and when I attempted to add volume per the Ted Harrison pod cast just totally wiped me out… Now I have a better clue as to the possible reason why… please pass on my thanks to Mr. Hall for his time, and for your effort in seeking out the best of the best… No newbie to exercise, 22 years special ops type, plus too many years as a chronic cardio junkie (now paying the price).

    • Loved this comment! Thanks Ralph. It’s great that someone as experienced as you still got a lot out of this episode. 3 times?! Haha – that is amazing. Watch this space for Part 2 😀

    • Hey Ralph! I’m glad you got something out of it. It sounds like you swing more heavily to the glycolytic end of the spectrum. It sounds like lower volume, lower TUL, HIT is perfect for you. Let me know how you progress. Take care.

  • Ricky Morris


    This is great. I’ve been meaning to ask you to interview Ryan Hall for quite some time, but would always forget in my email exchanges with you! Thank you so much! When is part 2 going to be uploaded and sent out??

    • Ricky Morris

      Oops! I see now you already said part 2 will be out in 2 more weeks… I am wondering about the 80

      • Hi Ricky, what do you mean regarding the 80? What is this?