Your DNA Profile Could Get You Past a Workout Plateau

How Your DNA Can Speed Up Your Fitness Results

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The world of fitness keeps evolving as scientists and tech companies rush to fight against obesity and improve athletic performance as they deliver ever-more detailed biometric data. Relatively new in the field of exercise science, DNA profiling - a service provided by companies like FitnessGenes - is now capable of providing interested parties with training guidelines specific to their own genome.

Given that research shows 60% of the variation between people's physical performance is genetic, it makes sense to tap into your inherited predispositions as you work to achieve your goals. If you've recently hit a fitness plateau, or you've simply never experienced the results you want from a workout program, click through the slideshow to learn how understanding your DNA profile could truly personalize your training program.

A DNA Kit + Report from FitnessGenes runs $199, while the personalized programs start at $1 per day, after the DNA profile is complete. If you're tired of spinning your wheels without results, it might just be the investment you need.

About the Author: Dr. Dan Reardon, Co-Founder of FitnessGenes

Dr. Reardon is a medical doctor with an MBChB (UK’s MD equivalent) and a BSc (Bachelors of Science) in Human Anatomy. An emergency room doctor for 10 years; he is also a certified personal trainer with over 15 years in the fitness industry. Dr. Reardon is a fitness writer, 2-time author and Science Editor of Muscle & Fitness and Flex magazines in the UK, Europe and Australia.

About FitnessGenes

FitnessGenes is the only DNA-specific online platform that eliminates the guessing game from fitness and nutrition. With a quick DNA kit and customized digital report, FitnessGenes reveals specific genetic traits including metabolic tendencies, dietary sensitivities, fat burning capacity, muscle type and recovery time. Once results are revealed, their Fat-Loss and Muscle-Building Genetic Training System (GTS) programs provides personalized, week-by-week exercise plans and nutritional recommendations based on your DNA, to maximize fat burning, muscle building and improve overall health and wellness.

Note from the Alternative Fitness Expert: Please keep in mind that tailoring an entire workout program according to DNA profiling, while it employs science-based theory, has not yet been proven effective in clinical trials. If you decide to try this kind of approach, you should assess your own results after a month or two and decide for yourself whether you think it's making a difference.

1. Proper Volume

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I don’t mean, turn up your iPod. Generic workouts almost always lead to a plateau because they aren’t optimized for what your body is best built for. Sure, that magazine or online workout looks good, but whether it works for you will be a complete guess. Volume is the key! The volume of a generic workout may be too high or too low, and in each case you could be limiting your potential results.

One of the genes that can shed light on this issue is the ACE Gene - the gene for endurance. Based on your individual variation, your result can tell you whether you are more suited for high sets and reps, or low sets and reps.

2. Rest Periods

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Of course a good night’s sleep is important, but that's not the issue here. Rather, we're talking about the optimal recovery ratio in between training days or exercise sets. Certain gene variations tell us how much rest you should take between training sessions to maximize your results. Although it's important to get enough rest to enable your muscles to recover, too much rest could mean you won’t see continual improvement - the key is to find the right balance.

By understanding your individual genotype you can also calculate how much rest you should take during your training sessions. Certain genotypes of ACTN3 - the gene for speed - can actually recover their ability to fully contract their muscles quicker than other genotypes, so less rest is needed between exercises in order to achieve maximum output.

Once you’ve identified your ideal training frequency, your results will soar!

3. Exercise Type and Ratio

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You might like to run, but the treadmill could be holding you back. At any gym you’ll notice some people only do cardio, while others are only interested in lifting weights. This lack of variation is another reason people hit plateaus.

How much resistance training is right for you? How often should you be targeting specific muscle groups? What should your ratio of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) to cardio be? All these points are important to consider when designing a training program, and can be identified by key genetic indicators.

By ensuring that your training doesn’t become predictable and stagnant, you can continually make progress.

4. Propensity for Muscular Development

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You know that more muscle burns more fat, right? Lifting heavier weights can be intimidating, but it’s key to really getting the maximum fat-burning benefits. Your IL15RA variation - the muscle growth gene - can identify whether you're predisposed to increasing your strength when you train, or not.

If you don’t have this gene variation, it's even more important for you to add strength training to your workout program. Burning more fat, even while you rest means looking lean and sexy. Sounds pretty good, right?

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