Why DNA could be the key to unlocking your workout
A new study was released by the University of Central Lancashire (UCL), which suggests that when athletes used DNA-matched training, their performance improved threefold. They reviewed the performance log of 67 young, active athletes over the course of eight weeks.
UCL used a device called DNAFit, which screens all the variants connected to your body’s response to training and nutrition. Ten days later, you get a detailed reported based off of a swab test. These results will show you if you are a person who responds to high intensity workouts or low intensity workouts. The report will also show you how sensitive you are to carbohydrates, alcohol, salt, and other saturated fats.
This could be a game changer.
Greg Rutherford, the British Olympic long jump champion says,
“The sport is facing a lot of challenges at the moment with doping scandals and revelations coming out but ultimately my belief system is that everyone can be great and what you need to do is go in depth to find out how you train best, how you recover best and how you do everything to the best of your ability and DNA testing I think is the future of that.”
The mouth swab is a simple process; you just swab your gums and cheek prior to brushing your teeth. Then once you send it off, it will be scanned for 45 gene variants — all which will tell you how your body responds to food and exercise. It can even detect gluten intolerance, vitamin needs, individual anti-oxidant, and how your metabolism processes caffeine and alcohol.
From this, they can tell if you have a natural aptitude for endurance sports, such as cycling, swimming, running, etc. You could have a natural aptitude for power sports like weightlifting or sprinting. This is determined through an analysis of your aerobic potential by seeing how quickly your body can recover between workouts.
Andrew Steele, DNAFit’s chief tester, says:
“Some people are more efficient than others at extracting energy from food … There are no good or bad genes. People’s perspective on genetics is that everything is pre-determined. But genetic testing is about enabling you to manipulate your environment based on how your body works. It allows us to make a personalised training or nutritional plan, rather than a one size fits all.”
DNAFit suggests that athletes obviously benefit from these tests, but even your Average Joe could see benefits, too.
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