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FitnessGenes Genetic Workout Systems for people who want to lose weight or build muscle. DNA fitness testing and analysis for beginners and experts
FitnessGenes Genetically Tailored Starter System. DNA Analysis and Genetically Tailored Diet and Workout advice for beginners. New Year's Resoution
FitnessGenes Starter Plus System offers DNA analysis and genetic fitness training. DNA diet and genetic nutrition advice
FitnessGenes DNA Analysis and Genetically Tailored Fat Loss Workouts for Men and Women
FitnessGenes DNA Analysis and Genetically Tailored Muscle Building Workout for Men and Women. DNA diets and fitness DNA training
FitnessGenes and Ashley Kaltwasser launch Genetically Tailored Bikini Fitness Fat Loss, Tone up plan for women. DNA fitness testing for women
Scott Herman ::
Scott Herman launches genetically tailored workout for men with FitnessGenes. DNA analysis and personalized training
FitnessGenes-How it works-DNA Analysis explained-The Science of Fitness DNA testing and academic collaborations
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An overview of the genes we analyze to determine your workout and nutrition - Fitnessgenes
FitnessGenes analyzes the ACE Gene for Endurance Sports capacity. Fitness DNA testing and genetic nutrition
ACTN3-the gene for speed, linked to greater strength, protection from muscle damage, and increased fast-twitch muscle fibres. DNA tests for the Sprinter Gene
FitnessGenes explains ACVR1B, a gene that codes for regulating myostatin and influences muscle strength. DNA fitness testing and analysis
FitnessGenes explains ADRB2_1, a gene that codes for adrenaline response-Fight or Flight. DNA Analysis and Genetic Fitness Training
FitnessGenes explains ADRB2_2, a gene that codes for adrenaline response, as it relates to obesity and weight loss. DNA analyis and genetic nutrition
FitnessGenes explains APOA2, a gene involved in fat metabolism, insulin sensitivity and obesity. Health DNA testing and Analysis
Your AGT FitnessGenes result indicates your susceptibility to develop high blood pressure and the impact on strength/power performance-health DNA testing
FitnessGenes explains AMPD1, a gene involved with cellular energy production and anaerobic exercise capacity. DNA Analysis and Genetic Fitness Training advice
FitnessGenes explains CYP1A2, a gene for caffeine metabolism-How long caffeine stays in your bloodstream-Health DNA testing and genetic nutrition
FitnessGenes explains FTO- the gene linked to increased appetite and obesity. DNA diet testing and obesity research
This gene is linked to the prevention of muscle breakdown as well as lean body mass and can affect how quickly individuals increase their muscle size (hypertrophy). Your FitnessGenes result will tell you whether you have the version associated with muscle size or whether you have the version linked to muscle strength in response to resistance-type training.
Lactose tolerance is the ability to digest the lactose in milk and other everyday dairy products. For the majority of people, tolerance for lactose decreases after infancy, often falling away completely during adulthood. However, for others, due to a genetic variant in their DNA, they are able to continue to tolerate lactose indefinitely. Your FitnessGenes result will tell you whether you are genetically able to tolerate lactose.
Skeletal muscle growth in response to training is determined by genetics, and a rare version of the MSTN gene, which encodes the muscle-limiting protein myostatin, is associated with much greater muscle mass and strength. Your FitnessGenes result tells you which version of this gene you have and how this affects muscle building in response to training.
As well as being a marker for good health, having a high aerobic capacity enables your body to work harder during prolonged exercise. Some of us are lucky enough to have a naturally high aerobic capacity due to our genes. A variation in the PGC1A gene is associated with greater baseline aerobic fitness. Your FitnessGenes result tells you which version of this gene you have and how it affects you.
The ability to switch from carbohydrate burning to fat burning combined with the distribution of fast and slow twitch muscle fibres are both important factors affecting endurance performance. Your FitnessGenes result tells you whether you have a version of PPARA that is predominant in endurance athletes, power/speed athletes or both.
One mechanism of fat loss is through the generation of heat by the body. There are small molecules in fat and muscle cells which are responsible for this and affect the body’s metabolism. Your FitnessGenes result tells you which version of this molecule you have and how you can expect it to affect your metabolism.
This template uses four of your gene results and the results of a questionnaire to determine your testosterone levels. Testosterone is essential for building muscle and remaining lean. What’s your genetic profile for testosterone?
HERC2-a gene responsible for melanin production,eye colour, and Vitamin D absorption. Health DNA testing from FitnessGenes
The role of folate in red blood cell production and tissue repair is important for athletes and fitness enthusiasts. FitnessGenes DNA Health Testing
Test for the Circadian Locomotor Output Cycles Kaput (Clock) gene, a predictor of sleep quality affecting mental and physical performance-Health DNA Test
FitnessGenes explains APOA5, a gene that regulates blood triglyceride levels and and suggests dietary choicesbased on your Health DNA test. Genetic Nutrition advice
We test for a variation of the VEGFA gene linked to levels of the VEGFA molecule in the blood. This molecule is involved in forming new blood vessels as an adaptation to training. These new blood vessels increase the blood supply to muscles, which can improve endurance. FitnessGenes tell you whether you have a version of the gene that has been associated with endurance.
This gene codes for an important molecule needed for the transport and removal of lactic acid, impacting upon the onset of fatigue.
FitnessGenes explains AKT1, a gene linked to your response to aerobic exercise and VO2 Max potential. DNA Analysis and genetic fitness advice
FitnessGenes analyzes CKM, the gene for the ATP buffering creatine kinase which has been linked to VO2max improvement-DNA Analysis and genetic fitness testing
FitnessGenes explains BDKRB2, a gene that influences blood pressure and inflammation. Health DNA testing and genetic nutrition advice
This gene codes for a protein that acts on the nervous system and may influence the development of muscle strength.
ESR1 - Fitnessgenes analysis- This gene is used to calculate your testosterone score and not individually reported on at present. Health DNA testing
FitnessGenes explains the HIF1A gene which affects response to low oxygen availability and can directly impact sports performance. DNA fitness testing
FitnessGenes explains IGF1-the gene for regular growth and development. Health DNA testing by FitnessGenes
IGF1_2 - Fitnessgenes analysis-This gene codes for a hormone that is important for growth and development. Health DNA testing by FitnessGenes
This gene codes for a molecule that binds IGF proteins, helping protect them from breakdown and affecting their activity.
This gene codes for IL6, a cell signalling molecule that influences the recovery of muscles and may impact energy expenditure.
This gene codes for the receptor that binds the IL6 molecule and activates cell signalling.
A gene for loss-of-function of the myostatin protein
This gene codes for a molecule that helps produce nitric oxide, which is important in cardiovascular, respiratory and many other physiological systems.
This gene has been linked to insulin sensitivity and saturated fatty acid response.
SHBG1 - Fitnessgenes analysis - This gene is used to calculate your testosterone score and not individually reported on at present.
SHBG2 - Fitnessgenes analysis This gene is used to calculate your testosterone score and not individually reported on at present.
The molecule this gene codes for is involved in metabolic processes that affect energy usage.
This gene codes for the Vitamin D receptor. Vitamin D and its receptor are important for normal skeletal muscle development and in optimizing muscle strength and performance.
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Our blogs feature stories on the interactions between genetics, lifestyle, training and nutrition. Learn how DNA testing and analysis can improve your health.
Our friend David Epstein, author of the awesome book The Sports Gene - What Makes The Perfect Athlete, and award winning senior writer at Sports Illustrated, has just had a fantastic publication with National Geographic centered around the athlete Eero Mäntyranta.
This is Liam Hoekstra, who, at 3 years old, is pictured below throwing around 5 Ib dumbbells. In 2009, he was thought to be the world's strongest toddler, but he’s no ordinary child! Liam Hoekstra a young man with Myostatin gene mutations. Read more in this interesting article from Dr. Dan Reardon, the CEO and fouder of Fitnessgenes.
At FitnessGenes™, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is part of our Genetic Training System program. However, with this fairly new and alternative exercise technique that has been growing in popularity over recent years. What exactly is HIIT?
Many of you may have seen news stories of your favourite sports star taking ice baths after a gruelling competition or workout and thought that this may be something you could use to maximise your own gym results. Well, now there is good evidence that turning your lips turn blue using these techniques could actually yield better results! Curious to find out how? Then read on...
If Only He Knew His Lactose Gene Result!
Well actually, Mighty Mouse was genetically created by Professor Richard Hanson in Cleveland a few years ago! Professor Hanson studied the role of the cytosolic form of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase (PEPCK-C) in skeletal muscle. PEPCK-Cmus mice were created by introducing the cDNA for the enzyme, linked to the human alpha-skeletal actin gene promoter, into their germ line
This was in fact the first major outing for the MuscleGenes team, and what a place to start. Mark and I have been attending the Olympia events for some time, but it was a new experience for the rest of the team.
How a DNA art startup spawned an entirely new company selling gene-based health and wellness assessments to bodybuilders For proof that the path of an entrepreneur is rarely straight, just ask Dr. Samantha Decombel. In three short years, the Oxford-based scientist has gone from working in a lab and lecturing on evolutionary and conservation genetics to launching PlayDNA, a company that turns individuals’ DNA into custom art and home décor. That shift alone would be notable enough for someone trained in a field where academia dominates, but Decombel is hard at work on yet another pivot. This time, body builders are the target. It’s a progression that’s surprising even to Decombel.
If you asked a group of the world’s top exercise scientists what the biggest breakthrough in human performance will be, their answer would without a doubt be ‘gene technology’. Currently, scientists have the ability to alter the DNA of lab rats to allow them to run 25-times further before getting exhausted! That’s like taking Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, who runs the 200 m in under 20 seconds, and enabling him to run at his top speed for 5,000 meters!
Over the last few issues, I’ve been telling MUSCLE INSIDER readers about MuscleGenes, the long-awaited arrival of genetic testing for athletes and bodybuilders to help adapt their training, diet, and supplementation to their particular genetic results. FitnessGenes™ (previously MuscleGenes) is helping world-class athletes
Have you hit the genetic jackpot? Scientists have discovered the genes that make some people better at sport. So is the potential for Olympic glory lurking in your DNA? MF investigates.
Every man and his dog believes they are lactose intolerant, but let’s get to the science! Lactose is a sugar found in milk and dairy produce, and is normally broken down by an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is produced in the lining of the small intestine.
FitnessGenes won £228k of Smart scheme funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency (formerly the Technology Strategy Board). FitnessGenes is an Oxfordshire-based research lab producing DNA-based fitness advice that helps people to get into the best shape of their lives through gene-specific diet and exercise recommendations. Prof Jean-Baptiste Cazier, Director of the new Centre for Computational Biology at the University of Birmingham (UK), will be aiding the team with bioinformatics expertise.
ONE THING I GET ASKED A LOT IS ‘WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING I CAN DO TO GET BETTER RESULTS?’
Dear Mark Zuckerberg, I write to you as somebody currently building a business within the fitness industry.
ONE THING I GET ASKED A LOT IS ‘WHAT IS THE NUMBER ONE THING I CAN DO TO GET BETTER RESULTS?’
Which style of bodybuilding do you prefer? The old school aesthetics of Zane or the new breed of size and strength embodied by Coleman?
Natural, low in fat, and promises to rehydrate you more efficiently than water. Coconut water is the latest health craze to sweep the nation and it seems that you cant walk into a gym at the moment without spotting a few enthusiasts with a blue and green carton where their water bottle used to be.
Whey is a mixture of proteins isolated from the liquid material created as a by-product of cheese production. It’s a natural product so is certainly not something that anyone should fear. Whey protein has the following researched health benefits:
The #1 reason to listen to Mark Gilbert when it comes to pre-workouts is that he designed them!
OK, I’ve been saying this for years and so I’m going to resist the urge to be humble and have one of my ‘I told you so’ moments, which I’ve had in the past with high-protein diets, meat, the MMR vaccine, creatine, etc., etc. …
Fructose is a controversial sugar, and many writers have blamed it for the obesity epidemic because it is even sweeter than regular table sugar (sucrose) and it doesn’t send the same fullness signal to the brain, as compared to glucose, so may promote greater cravings for food. These writers point out it has become more prevalent in our diet at the same time as the growing obesity epidemic and has been associated with poor insulin function.
Busting one set of insulin myths clearly wasn’t enough for our fitness expert Mark Gilbert, so he’s returned to lift the lid on a second set of rumours surrounding the peptide hormone.
Micronutrients are the small (‘micro’) vitamins, minerals, and trace elements which we must obtain in our diets to maintain health and life itself. They are used as raw material in the body to assist the many biological reactions which comprise our metabolism.
The most crucial hormones when it comes to bodybuilding. Getting the levels of these hormones within optimal ranges is a key consideration for recovering from exercise, building muscle, and burning fat...
We get so many questions about HIIT; it’s probably one of the most popular topics. I suppose that could be because Mark and I, along with Dr Jim Stoppani, wrote one of the leading HIIT books in the industry.
WHICH CLUB DO THESE 13 LEGENDARY PEOPLE BELONG TO?
We all want to perform at the peak of our physical ability. Yet for each of us there is a limit to our capacity to perform a particular physical exercise. These limits are set by two main factors: our ENVIRONMENT and our GENETICS.
A throwback to when MuscleGenes LTD secured a financial investment in a Series-A funding round, which lead the company into the next level of growth and development that it is today!
My name is Jelena, I’m a genetics researcher at Cambridge University, and this summer I’m about to climb Kilimanjaro for the very first time. Now, you wouldn’t think those last two things are related. But as a professional geek, I couldn’t resist researching the health background of the trip before signing up.
What if we told you that a significant number of people have a certain gene type (a version of an ‘insertion/deletion’ genotype) that would allow them to beat a drug test? Well, it’s true!...
Check out this fantastic video between FitnessGenes™ CEO Dr. Dan Reardon, and the absolutely phenomenal Mike Rashid. This is an in-depth discussion where they talk about Mike’s MuscleGenes results.
As you may be aware, at FitnessGenes™ we constantly update our research and add new genes that we feel will add value to the information we provide. So let’s look at one of the new genes we analyse...
We have long known that people would start to become curious about the potential to use genetics testing to identify genetically gifted youngsters who could be nurtured as potential Olympians...
Yesterday afternoon, Dr Sam and I headed up to Nottingham to have a little seminar/discussion about MuscleGenes with the guys at M10...
On February 25–26th, the US Food and Drug Administration will hold a public meeting to discuss ‘oocyte modification in assisted reproduction for the prevention of transmission of mitochondrial disease’...
Here at FitnessGenes™, it’s the detail of theories that interests us, and we believe this is a phenomenal example of philosophy, hypothesis, and science. But first, a little history.
This is a brief video explaining how to take a FitnessGene DNA test.
At FitnessGenes™, we are constantly and tirelessly scouring the scientific literature for research showing any effect of changes in diet, exercise activity, or supplements on genes or on any trait that is known to be affected by our genes.
This is a really interesting piece of research published this month in Cell Metabolism. Sean Curran and Shanshan Pang identify a collection of genes that allow an organism to adapt to different diets and show that, without them, even minor tweaks to diet can cause premature ageing and death.
Congratulations to MuscleGenes COO Samantha Decombel for her feature on PlayDNA and MuscleGenes in the Oxford Times Business Magazine. We value the hugely positive media coverage of MuscleGenes, and can’t wait for the month of March when we’ll be releasing some very exciting press releases.
In this video, I talk you through what MuscleGenes actually is!
In April 1953, this sentence appeared in the scientific paper where James Watson and Francis Crick presented the structure of the DNA helix, the molecule that carries genetic information from one generation to the other: that is the discovery of DNA!
We really enjoyed our 2013 seasonal promotion, which saw record global sales for the MuscleGenes Gene Testing package. It was also an opportunity to introduce our customers to some of the work Mark and I have done in the past.
Every man and his dog believes they are lactose intolerant, but let’s get to the science! Lactose is a sugar found in milk and dairy produce, and is normally broken down by an enzyme called lactase. Lactase is produced in the lining of the small intestine.
Dr Nathan West tells us of the importance of the latest FitnessGenes release, and why some of us should be revising our nutrition in light of this new research.
FitnessGenes Co-Founder Dr Samantha Decombel appears on national TV after her European Commission fight goes viral.
Our in-house research team continues to grow with our latest PhD addition.
In the final gene release of 2015, Dr Ying Zheng gives us an introduction into the endurance related gene VEGFA. Discover what effect each variation of this gene has on training, before heading to the members area to check your own result!
London based Personal Trainer Tom Neal has become the first official FitnessGenes Affiliate, as we launch our partnership program. Read his take on Fitness DNA testing, and why he believes working with FitnessGenes will benefit his clients.
FitnessGenes CSO Dr Samantha Decombel discusses the topic of Epigenetics, and explains why it is vital to consider their impact when constructing your genetic profile.
This week's gene release focuses again on responses to aerobic training, and how your AKT1 result can affect your maximum oxygen intake. Sport Scientist Geraldine Campbell introduces this gene, and explains the science behind each variation.
FitnessGenes CEO Dan Reardon made national headlines this New Year by carrying an injured man more than 2 miles to safety whilst out hiking.
As we launch our partner series, Scott Herman has designed an 8 week genetically tailored muscle-building plan, exclusively for FitnessGenes customers.
MCT1 is a key gene is the removal of Lactic Acid and in offsetting muscular fatigue. In this blog post, FitnessGenes Sport Scientist Geraldine Campbell details the role of MCT in removing lactic acid and explains the key difference between the 3 genotypes.
From the FitnessGenes training team, Paul Rose explains why knowing your optimal tempo might be the key to achieving your fitness goal.
FitnessGenes CEO Dr Dan made his US daytime TV debut this week as he appeared alongside 'America's Medical Dream Team' on The Doctors. Whilst the show airs in early February, you can hear exclusively about his experience here!
Your personal creatine kinase activity level can influence which energy system you utilize during exercise, and even how well you respond to different training types. Dr Pleuni Hooijman introduces the gene that regulates creatine kinase activity, and explains how your CKM variation can help indicate whether you are a endurance or power based athlete.
2016 has seen a rise in the number of people sourcing their protein from vegan products, as they don't contain lactose. So could this diet be right for you? The answer may be hidden in your FitnessGenes results.
Personalized medicine is seen as the next big step in health and wellness, and a recent “Stuff You Should Know” podcast on the topic prompted us at FitnessGenes to consider the similarities between personalized medicine and personalized exercise. Read our take on the podcast here.
High Wycombe based personal training service PT-ME have become the latest addition to the FitnessGenes Affiliate Program. Hear how they will be using the FitnessGenes DNA Analysis to improve their service, and how you can join the program too.
Oxfordshire’s premium strength and conditioning facility ‘The Athlete Centre’ have added their name to the FitnessGenes Affiliate Program. The centre, which specialises in CrossFit and Strength training, will be using their client’s results to help them ‘train like a pro’.
In her latest science post, Dr Pleuni Hooijman continues from last week's CKM gene release by explaining the 3 energy systems at work during exercise: the Phosphagen System, Glycolysis and Oxidative Phosphorylation. So when is each energy system utalized? And what are their benefits and limitations? Read more to discover the science behind energy production.
Fitness expert and YouTube star Scott Herman writes his first guest blog post for FitnessGenes, as he discusses his own personal results, and how he's used them to fine tune his training. How do you and Scott compare? Read more to find out!
Oxidative stress is an essential body function, but too much can onset disease states such as obesity and diabetes. So what is oxidative stress, and how can we maintain healthy levels? Sport Scientist Geraldine Campbell answers these questions and more in the latest blog from the FitnessGenes science team.
Currently following a Genetic Fat Loss or Muscle Building System? Your new personalized nutrition plan is now LIVE! Take a look at what you can expect, and hear some of the science behind the changes from Dr Nathan West in this latest science update.
Swimming, open water and triathlon coaching specialists Tri Swim Coaching have partnered with FitnessGenes to create personlalised training plans for their athletes. Tri Swim Coaching is run by Annie Oberlin-Harris and partner Ali Hollest.
As much as 47% of the variation between individual's VO2 Max can be attributed to genetics. So which genes influence your capacity, and how can you improve your maximum uptake? Dr Pleuni Hooijman explains the science in her latest blog post.
The FitnessGenes Training Team has designed and launched the Starter Plus Plan, an 8-week progression from the existing Starter Plan. Hear from Training Team member Paul Rose, as he tells us what we can expect from this latest genetically tailored workout and nutrition plan.
In response to recent research carried out by the FitnessGenes science team when designing our new genetically tailored nutritional recommendations, Dr Nathan West addresses the saturated fat debate, and explains how your individual genotype can influence how much you should be consuming.
Tying in with this week’s gene releases, we introduce the variants IGF1 and IGF1_2, which affect the circulating levels of the IGF1 protein. This protein influences muscle growth and strength, but which variations are seen as an athletic advantage?
The second gene in the UCP family to be released by the FitnessGenes science team. Learn all about UCP3 and its traits in this weeks blog. What is the gene's function, and which variation provides an advantage for endurance athletes? Find out before checking your own UCP3 result!
This week’s ‘Gene of the Week’ features the newly released IL6 – a gene for Cytokine Response. The IL6 signalling molecule influences levels of inflammation and recovery rate, but which variation is beneficial for power athletes? Read this week’s blog to discover all the variations of this gene, and their effects on exercise.
Nitric Oxide supplements are widely used in fitness to help blood flow, assist in nutrient delivery and boost athletic performance. But research has shown that your individual NOS3 gene variation can affect how much Nitric Oxide you naturally produce. Discover the differences between the three NOS3 variations and the strategies you can adopt to increase NO production in this week's science blog.
Have you ever considered cutting all animal products from your diet? Maybe you've already adopted the lifestyle! Either way the popularity of Veganism doesn't appear to be slowing down. Nicola Hanson takes a look into the matter, to discusses the benefits and challenges of going vegan.
Are you struggling to accomplish those fitness targets you set at the beginning of the year? Discover how using one simple method when setting your fitness goals can help improve your overall performance and results.
This week FitnessGenes is releasing another major update to our members genetically tailored ACTION BLUEPRINT. The ACTION BLUEPRINT gives you loads of information and personalized recommendations on how best to train (training volume - including sets, reps, tempo and rest periods) for optimal results as well recommendations for nutrition and optimizing recovery and blood flow.
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.
Meet Harold Tackie, one of the latest additions to the FitnessGenes Affiliate Program. Harold had his DNA tested by some time ago, and he will be working with the FitnessGenes training team, to ensure his clients can benefit from the insight we provide, and help them to achieve their personal best.
Preston Wood ::
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.
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%?
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!
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.
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.
Omega 3 ::
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....
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.
Goblet Squat ::
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.
Seaweed is the new up and coming superfood challenging the likes of Kale. With an abundance of health benefits associated with it, why wouldn't you want to include it in your diet beyond the occasional sushi? Find out more about the benefits of seaweed and how it relates to your genetics.
There are the physiques we’re born with, there are the physiques we create, and understanding your genetics can help you get the physique you want. Here’s an overview of 6 of the 41 genes we analyse and examples of how greater understanding of your genetics can influence your lifestyle and training for better results.
Is the secret to preventing and curing muscle soreness predetermined by your genes? If you work out or train with friends, you will have noticed that some people ‘naturally’ seem to recover more quickly (or slowly) from exercise. There are obviously training and fitness related reasons for this, but at least 50% of the difference is genetic. Read on to learn about the 4 genes that impact recovery capacity from a workout.
With Iceland enjoying success at this year's European Football Championship, maybe it's time for us to consider some of their ways of living. Do you have the genetic variations suited for a Scandinavian diet, and could this be the answer to your long-term weight loss?
vitamin D ::
Vitamin D has been a hot topic of conversation this week as leading health organisations recommended that many of us need to increase our intake to maintain healthy levels. But is your genotype putting you at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency? Read this week's blog post to learn the vitamin's function, how it can affect physical performance, and how you can be sure you're getting enough.
Having worked at global fitness publications for over 15 years, Martin could be forgiven for thinking that he knew it all. However, even with his experience in the fitness industry, his FitnessGenes results provided plenty of lightbulb moments. In this blog, Martin highlights five things his DNA Analysis Test taught him, and how it's helped him optimize his training.
Back problems stopping you from deadlifting? Or are you looking to increase speed for your sport? Paul Rose highlights the physiological benefits of kettlebell swings, and breaks down the proper technique in his latest blog post.
FitnessGenes Scientific Research Dr Pleuni Hooijman completed the Maastricht Ironman last week with a time of 10:10:24, finishing as the fastest amateur female in the process. Hear the details of her race, and her own account of events, here.
Matcha Tea ::
The health benefits of Green Tea have been well documented in the past few years, but are your leaves selling you short? In Helena Pickford's debut FitnessGenes blog, she investigates the difference between Green and Matcha Tea, and explains how this powder can help improve your weight loss and energy levels.
During this past month, you may have frequently seen Olympic athletes submerged in icy water between events. Cold Water Immersion Therapy, as it is known, is intended to decrease inflammation and accelerate recovery. But could this actually be limiting performance? FitnessGenes research Tyler Breedlove explains when these subzero temperatures should be used, and when they should be avoided.
Losing weight is hard, but keeping it off is the real battle. That’s why we included a progressive nutrition calculator with the FitnessGenes Genetic Fat Loss System, to help you drop weight safely and sustainably. Here are seven rules to remember when using your fat loss nutrition calculator.
Have you ever wondered how FitnessGenes can take one saliva sample, and produce over 40+ gene reports, as well as actionable recommendations? In this blog post, the science team open our laboratory's doors, and reveal your DNA's journey through our thorough testing process. Part I of II.
In part II of decoding the FitnessGenes testing process, Helena Pickford describes all of the factors our science team consider when creating your personalised recommendations. It's much more than just DNA!
As we exercise, in our bodies many physiological process take place to respond to the conditions that we are putting it under. But why does our breathing get heavier, or our heart rate increase? Dr Pleuni Hooijman breaks down the science behind physical movement, and how energy is created to keep us going.
Meditation is known to calm the mind and body, but could mindfulness be just the lift you need to achieve your fitness and performance goals?
Boost your energy with this high protein post workout snack!
The FitnessGenes team have expanded into a second UK based office, as we make the move to central London.
Creatine has long been used by bodybuilders and elite athletes to increase energy, strength, and aid recovery. But are the myths surrounding it putting you off from adding it to your supplement stack? Mark Gilbert debunks these myths, and explains how your DNA can affect your Creatine response.
The importance of recovery is often underestimated. This is quite surprising since the results you get from training are mainly determined by how well you allow your body to recover, and not from the training itself.
Got a craving for chocolate? Try this delicious honey and hazelnut chocolate mousse recipe for a guilt free and healthy treat!
Are you overlooking the lunge, or simply using it as a warm up to the squat? A key exercise in building functional leg strength and stability, Paul Rose explains why you shouldn't be ignoring the lunge, and how to perform it correctly.
Dutch Olympic Rower and Finalist in the Men's Coxless Four in Rio 2016 has taken a FitnessGenes test and says this about the information provided in his Action Blueprint: "When you get confirmation and have the knowledge, you can make better decisions. At the highest level, it’s all about making the right decisions, and knowing where you can find the gains. For me, because I’m smaller than the other guys, I need to work smarter and more efficiently, so the FitnessGenes test tells me exactly where to focus to make better decisions".
Dark chocolate comes from a cocoa bean known as Theobroma Cacao, which literally translates to “Food of the Gods.” The name seems fitting as the ancient Incas, Mayans, and Aztecs believed it to be a source of power. Their belief in this was due to its use as food, as well as a medicine.
Do your FitnessGenes results suggest that you need to improve your blood flow? Try this nitrate-rich Sweet Beet Salad to increase blood vessel dilation during your workout, and for a greater pump!
Here at FitnessGenes, we always want to keep you and our scientific analysis up-to-date! Following the release of recent research, we have updated our ACVR1B gene report. Could this mean good news for you and your power performance?
Buckwheat is a food you may or may not know about, but most people relate it to cereals or mistake it for a grain. In reality, buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. This makes buckwheat an incredible substitute for people trying to avoid grains or for those who are sensitive to wheat and other gluten containing grains.
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.
In most sports, there are typically one or two nations that are synonymous with success: New Zealand with Rugby; Germany or Brazil in football; the USA in basketball, baseball, and American football. Team sports are difficult to analyze from a genetics perspective. Running however, is a pure and natural sport. So given the incredibly low barrier to entry in running, global competition should really be fierce…..except it’s not.
Pumpkins are well known for their use in Halloween art and decorations. Outside of this annual holiday, most people don’t know much of anything about them. Let’s take a look. Pumpkin is an annual vine, also known as a “trailing plant,” that can be grown in most altitudes. There are 3 edible parts of the pumpkin: the seeds, the inner fruit, and its greens, each having their own beneficial nutritional profile. However, most pumpkins are sold without the leaves, so we’ll focus on the fruit and seeds here.
Most of us can recognize a tasty pear in any grocery store, but what do you really know about these fruits? Well, pears are actually members of the rose family of plants. Ever heard of Rosaceae? That’s right. They are related to those lovely roses you see on Valentine’s Day. The Rosaceae family also includes (but is not limited to) apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and even almonds!
Phytonutrients pay a key role in protecting you from harmful diseases, detoxifying carcinogens, and strengthening our immune system. But what are they, where can we find them, and are you getting enough in your diet? This blog could help you live healthier, and for longer!
Packed with antioxidants and offering a number of health benefits, pomegranate is certainly a superfood you should be including in your diet. We combine it with sweet potato, cauliflower and green beans for this delicious salad.
One of the easiest ways to evaluate your training progress is to simply look in the mirror. But what about the muscles that you can't see? We explain the physiology and function behind our hidden muscles, starting with the diaphragm.
The rise of fitness apps and wearables has allowed us to easily quantify our performance and progress. But what does the term 'Quantified Self' really mean? Hear how FitnessGenes are combining this data with your DNA results to further personalize your health and fitness.
This week, we’ve got the perfect breakfast meal for you to pack on some winter muscle. The carbohydrate of choice: Grits.
Green Beans ::
They may not be the Thanksgiving dish you look forward to most, but green beans are packed with key vitamins and health benefits. Find out how your FitnessGenes results can help determine how much you should be eating.
There will be no forcing your family to eat their greens this Thanksgiving with our delicious green bean and sesame salad. Just be sure you make enough for second servings!
Here’s a great holiday recipe using cinnamon that would help even Santa’s waistline. This spice is widely known for its uses in cooking, however, holistic healing practices originating from India used cinnamon medicinally for thousands of years, where it was a remedy for many respiratory and digestive issues.
Cinnamon is a spice found from the inner bark of trees indigenous to Sri Lanka and the southern parts of India. Now, cinnamon doesn’t come from just any tree. It comes from a genus known as Cinnamomum. This tropical evergreen comes in 2 types: Cinnamomum zeylanicum and Cinnamon cassia, also known as Cinnamomum aromaticum.
Winter has certainly arrived in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes shorter, colder days. The resulting limited exposure to sunlight can mean that you are at an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency. So why is this vitamin essential, and where else can you get it from?
A powder commonly used for color and flavor in curry dishes, turmeric has shown to lower blood pressure and improve insulin function. Discover the other health benefits of turmeric, and which genotypes benefit from it most.
Want to add some Turmeric to your diet now that you know the benefits? Try this fantastic Kibbeh recipe. A ball shaped, meat free dish, popular in Middle Eastern and Latin America cuisine.
Each individual decision we make either has a positive or negative impact on how quickly we achieve our goal, or whether we achieve it at all. The mindfulness approach is one way to help you stay on track this month, and prevent you form undoing the good habits you have developed this year.
A family that produces one elite athlete is exceptional. A family that produces two elite athletes is exceptionally rare. What do you call a family that produces THREE? FitnessGenes finds out!
Here is the full and fascinating transcript of the interview between Dr Dan and Women’s Health & Fitness journalist Katelyn Swallow. Read on to learn which genes affect fat loss, muscle building, and cardiovascular fitness and how understanding your genetics can improve your physique.
You've made a commitment to yourself, your friends, and your family that 2017 is the year you are going to get fit and stay healthy, or lose weight, or build muscle, or get lean, or get an enviable beach body. Saying that is easy. Doing it is slightly more difficult, so here's 6 solid tips to get you off to a strong start.
The FitnessGenes Team have delivered our first Genetic Fat Loss System to the North Pole! Watch our Christmas video to discover who it was to. We also reveal his DNA results, and the recommendations we made to get in shape for next year's delivery.
...keeps the doctor away. Or so the saying goes. But what are the specific health benefits of this everyday fruit, and how are these influenced by your genetics? Our science team investigates.
Looking for an exciting way in increase your apple intake? Try our Apple and Quinoa Crumble recipe, with the added flavour and health benefit of Cinnamon. A healthy holiday desert!
We’re fortunate to have a team of highly educated, super smart, and incredibly motivated group of international professionals here at FitnessGenes. Dr Pleuni Hooijman is shining example of the outstanding staff we’ve been able to attract. Not only does Pleuni have a Ph.D. in Muscle Physiology and speak numerous languages with professional fluency, but she’s also a pro-level triathlete! She is our very own Wonder Woman...and this week, she's offering you some tasty, nutritious, vegetarian lunch options right off her own training table.
NOW is the time to start being SMART and SMART-ER about your fitness goals. Here’s how FitnessGenes can help
What's Christmas without a sprinkling of ginger? This spice is often associated with the holidays, and used in a number of sweet treats. But does it also carry health benefits? We investigate the relationship between ginger and your DNA!
After we revealed his FitnessGenes results last week, Santa may be looking for something a bit healthier than cookies this year. Why not leave out these high protein gingerbread men instead - or eat them all yourself!
On the 28th of December the BBC posted a report with the title 'Middle age health crisis' warning. Based on the research the BBC is quoting, FitnessGenes CEO Dr. Dan Reardon feels this is simply scaremongering, and here's why...
Whether you know them as Eggplants or Aubergines, this purple colored vegetable is packed full of nutritional value. Discover it's specific health benefits, and which genotypes may benefit most from adding it to their diet.
A unique and healthy twist on a classic family recipe. Replace lasagne sheets with sliced eggplant to enjoy the health benefits this super vegetable has to offer!
Chances are that you only purchase them during the holidays, and even then it's often a fight to get them on your family's plates. But are you missing out on some key nutritional benefits by turning your nose up at Brussel Sprouts?
Looking for a tasty way for your family to fill their plates with Brussel Sprouts this year? Try our quick and easy Winter Sprout and Pistachio Salad as a delicious side dish or healthy lunch alternative.
Despite the colder weather for many of us, lots of people will be lacing up their running shoes this month in a bid to reverse the effects of the holidays. But what makes running one of the most effective exercises for weight loss and overall wellness? And which genes influence how much you will benefit from it?
After being hidden in Celery's shadow for too long, it's time to give Celeriac the recognition it deserves! Learn the specific health benefits and nutritional value of this root vegetable before trying this week's Celeriac recipe.
Looking for the perfect winter warmer? Add the health benefits of Celeriac to your diet with this delicious Spicy Celeriac Soup. Eat right away, or store for a quick meal later.
IronMac is the training name of top strength and conditioning coach Andy McKenzie, the founder of Combined Strength. Andy’s expertise is founded on his impressive military background, his broad experience as an elite S&C coach, and his outstanding performance as an athlete in his own right. I recently asked Andy what his top 5 bodyweight based exercises are.
John Welbourn is a 10-year NFL veteran who started in over 100 games and has 10 playoff appearances. When he retired from football in 2008 he wanted to train others and continue to educate himself and the community. He created CrossFit Football and Power Athlete (HQ - where he also records the Power Athlete podcast). John's personal gym is one of a handful of Westside Barbell certified gyms in the world. In addition to training MLB, NFL and other professional and Olympic athletes, John travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition.
Mike Rashid ::
Mike Rashid is one of the most recognized faces in the world of fitness. Former professional boxer, winning two national golden gloves, previously legendary boxer Mike Tyson's sparring partner, Mike now concentrates his efforts on power bodybuilding, publishing a wide range of information on everything to do with building muscle and getting strong, in mind, body and soul
Scott Herman ::
Scott Herman is a world-renowned fitness expert, having built a devoted nation of 790,000 subscribers and over 152 million views on his official YouTube channel. Scott first shot to fame on MTV’s hit show Real World: Brooklyn and has recently completed filming for the 2015 film Bus 657, staring along side Robert De Niro and Kate Bosworth.
As 3 times Ms. Bikini Olympia champion, Ashley knows how to create a title winning physique. And now, she’s teamed up with FitnessGenes to create a 12-week genetic workout plan. Personalized to your individual DNA by the FitnessGenes scientists, Ashley’s Genetic Workout System will maximize your ability and maximize your results.
Tom Neal ::
Tom Neal is a 24 year old Author, Coach and Fitness Model. He studied Archeology and Anthropology at the University of Cambridge. His work in training, nutrition and supplementation has been published internationally. His book “The Hunter Abs Method” is a modernised approach to paleo-diet founded in his research into Biological Anthropology.
Zlata Sushchik is a lifestyle coach, sports nutritionist and founder of an online wellness company called Sexyfit. Her company focuses on helping women with goal setting, overcoming fear, and creating positive self esteem by using fitness to conquer obstacles.
PT-ME personal training was established in 2008. Our 40 station private gym in Cressex, High Wycombe has a capped membership of 40 clients.
Bringing premier health club services to the homes of many, Dare U Fitness has partnered with numerous luxury apartment complexes around the city of Boston. With the steady rise in new and beautiful apartments and our rapid expansion across the city, we could be offering services in your new home soon.
The Athlete Centre believes that everyone should have the opportunity to #TrainLikeAPro. This means that from the second you step through the door, we are looking to help our members become as fit and strong as they can be.
Tri Swim Coaching (http://www.triswimcoaching.com) is run by Annie Oberlin-Harris and partner Ali Hollest. Annie is a Certified Swim Smooth swimming, open water & triathlon coach, specialising in freestyle technique correction, endurance swimming & triathlon training and open water skills. Ali is a swimming and triathlon coach specialising in freestyle technique, endurance running and triathlon training programmes.
Harold has over 20 years of experience training and competing in both martial arts and boxing. He works closely with his clients in order to create to best versions of themselves.
Bottom Line Fitness is an exclusive personal training studio in Derby. The team of highly skilled industry regulated personal trainers work to create a unique program that will meet your personal needs, no matter what your fitness level or exercise history may be.
Preston Wood ::
Preston is a life long student of studying and implementing techniques for improving physical and mental performance. He is on a continual journey of helping others by way of self-improvement and experimentation to find the most effective techniques for improving performance in sport, in the gym, or the "big gym" of life. Whether it is improving one's mental strength, techniques for improving performance, or programming for specific fitness or life goals each endeavor embraces continual self expansion on an individual basis.
Ru Wikmann ::
High Flyer Fitness methodology connects the dots between training, nutrition, functional movement and a winning mindset. Even with the best fitness programme in the world, unless you have a positive self-image, a clear vision of where you're going and the right daily habits to get you there, you wouldn't get far.
Holger Gugg ::
Holger is a German author and fitness Coach. He writes specialised articles about sports nutrition, training, health or lifestyle for many renowned publications including Muscle & Fitness and FLEX magazine. Holger is also the founder of HBN (Human Based Nutrition), which is widely used in german-speaking regions. He also created the HBN app ‘FitFoodPlan’, and has his own line of supplements.
For nearly a decade we've been bringing an elite personal training service to Oxfordshire. We pride ourselves on giving the very best training techniques and nutritional advice to our clients, and have helped hundreds of people achieve their goals. Having the scientific knowledge, experience and know-how to design a training programme that can generate good results is one thing but, being able to design a programme that harvests great results; well, that's something else entirely! At Hall Training Systems we put time and effort into each and every client.
The Training Sphere was established out of a passion for health and fitness and a desire to help people improve their lives. We ourselves worked a busy 9-5 city job and understand that balancing full time employment alongside life’s other commitments can be tricky.
3B Fitness ::
3B-Fitness is a Faith-Based Fitness Company specializing in personalized Performance Nutrition and Fitness Nutrition, as well Personal Training. 3B Fitness is the founding company of The Warrior Experience.
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Fit Ambition ::
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