Genetic Factors That Inform Personalized Fitness Programs With Maria Horstmann

Series 5 Episode 36
In this episode we discuss exercise and the genetic factors that inform personalized fitness programs. There is a no ‘one size fits all’ approach to fitness recommendations that you make to your clients. What's right for each person is dependent on their age, hormones, adrenal status and genetics. Today’s guest is Maria Horstmann, one of our nutritional endocrinology practitioner certification candidates. She is also a board certified functional wellness professional, certified functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, personal trainer, corporate wellness consultant and speaker.


  • [03:00] Genetic factors informing the way we coach people in order to exercise.

  • [10:00] Maria’s history with changing to a paleo diet.

  • [13:00] If a person has an alteration of the PPAR Alpha gene and is on the Keto diet, they are likely to have issues.

  • [16:00] Doing a five-mile run might not be the thing for you. Or instead of doing sprints that are short and go all out, maybe you are better off on an endurance run.

  • [22:00] Some genes will inform us of the likelihood of joint issues, muscle issues, and collagen which may assist the older, less confident population.

  • [30:00] People tend to listen to genetic information, because the piece of paper that measured their insides is actually there.


  • Testing for genetic factors will strongly assist the way we coach our clients to exercise.

  • Some genes will inform us the best diets to be on, such as if keto or paleo is right for us, the likelihood of joint issues, and muscle issues and collagen which may assist the older, less confident population.

  • People take notice when we discuss genetics and it may be easier for them to make changes with this information.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.