Meet Barbara Benko, international cross-country mountain biker, Olympian, and FitnessGenes client. Barbara and her coaching team have been working with her DNA to refine her training, as she looks to climb the international places.
The barbell squat is often hailed as the king of resistance exercises. But to master it takes time, and too frequently people run before they can walk which results in slow progress and even injury. If you are looking to improve your squat technique whilst building strength, or want to add some variety to your leg workouts, take a read of our training team's Goblet Squat 101.
What's better for YOU: Salmon or flax seeds? How much of these healthy fats should you be eating to get the most benefit? Want to better understand the interplay between your food choices and your genes? Read on....
FitnessGenes is pleased to announce its North American partnership with leading fitness superstore InboxFitness. InboxFitness is an incredible website for those of us interested in health and fitness, weight training, healthy eating, and sports nutrition. They have thousands of products from all of the top brands and the best prices.
Written by Martin Cheifetz
Received your FitnessGenes DNA Analysis results and want to genetically upgrade your workouts? Whatever your fitness experience and goal, the FitnessGenes Training Team have a plan to match. Find out which one you are most suited for in this blog post.
One of the most thoroughly researched genes to date, ACTN3 encodes for the protein α-actinin-3. This protein has been linked to greater baseline strength, protection against muscle damage and a higher proportion of fast twitch muscle fibres. However, not all variations of the ACTN3 gene can produce functional α-actinin-3. Discover which variations can, and which variations cannot, as well as its effect on athletic performance in this blog post.
I've been in exactly the same position as you. There'll be someone in the gym doing a really great looking exercise such as a pull up. They're graceful, controlled, smooth...but the fact is that however good they look, you know full well that the exercise is as hard as nails. Well guess what? The answer to making exercises like pull ups easy, lies in your genetics! Now I'm not saying that your genetics make you good at pull ups, but I am saying that understanding your genetics can enable you to workout to be great at pull ups!
Of all the genes we test for at FitnessGenes, there are a handful of variations that are extremely rare. One of these is the AA variation of AMPD1 – a gene associated with energy production. So what role does AMPD1 play? Are there benefits to being AA? And most importantly, are you part of the 1%?
Meet Preston Wood – Coach, athlete, performance specialist, founder of unyieldingly.com, and frequent blogger of all things fitness, nutrition and mind. After taking the FitnessGenes DNA Analysis test to benefit his own training, Preston is now working with his clients DNA to help them become genetically upgraded too.
Training at altitude is a key practise for any elite endurance athlete. Research has shown that your HIF1A genotype can affect how well you respond to exercising in levels of limited oxygen. Discover the physiological benefits of altitude training, and which gene variation responds to it best in this science blog.