DNA Fitness Premium
Recent advancements in genetic science have meant that we have seen advancements in the role of our genetics on our personal well-being, as well as our athletic potential. Whether a weekend warrior or an elite athlete, this test offers unique information which can unlock your sporting potential and help you to train smarter and more effectively.
The DNA Fitness Premium profile provides information on the following:
1. Power vs. Endurance
This section looks at the aspects which can make one person more suitable to endurance sports (e.g. cycling, triathlon or running) and another more suitable to strength sports (e.g. sprinting, rowing or speed skating).
This section offers an insight into the following areas, all of which can affect an individual’s capacity for power and endurance.
- Strength and endurance potential
- Fluid and electrolyte requirements
- Vasodilation capacity – i.e. the ability to get oxygen efficiently to the muscles
- Vascular proliferation
- Muscle Fibre type – fast or slow twitch muscles
- Thyroid responsiveness
- Vitamin D receptor hormone
2. Aerobic potential – VO2 Max
Your body needs oxygen when exercising. VO2 Max is a test used by scientists to measure the maximum rate at which an individual can effectively use oxygen during exercise. Popular with elite athletes, this test measures your individual aerobic ability.
3. Recovery Speed
When exercising some people recover more quickly than others and require less time for recovery between training sessions. The recovery genes show the need to integrate training and nutritional advice when supporting an athlete’s health and fitness. The featured genes consider the disposition to inflammation and free-radical stress within the body, which may imply the need for more focused nutritional support, along with extended recovery time between training sessions.
4. Recovery Nutrition
Every time we push our bodies through exercise, we can cause inflammation and oxidative damage to our cells. You will receive your unique post-exercise nutrient requirements to help combat this as it is vital to refuel and repair your muscles between training sessions. Neglecting post-exercise nutritional support and not leaving adequate recovery time can result in reduced performance at the next exercise session or even ace.
You will be given a detailed nutrition plan with specific amounts to help your body recover faster. A typical plan may look like this.
5. Injury Risk
This section examines genes that are involved in the structural integrity of the soft tissues. Certain genetic variants are implicated in a predisposition to tendon injuries (including Achilles Tendonitis), as well as injury to other structures such as ligament, cartilage and bone. Your injury and recovery genes will result in a more targeted training approach. You will be given advice on strengthening weak tissues as well as dietary advice. This section therefore looks at the genes involved in:
- injury risk
- tendon, ligament, cartilage, ligament and bone pathology
- bone strength
- susceptibility to inflammation