FitnessGenes

Just after Christmas, I saw a 30% off deal on the FitnessGenes DNA Analysis kit. I’d been curious about trying out something like 23andMe, so when I saw this DNA test focused on fitness I was excited and ordered a kit for the special $139 price.

The test kit came in a small box, with clear instructions.

The hardest part was figuring out how to complete the customs forms when I dropped it off at the Post Office. I shipped it back to the company on the evening of January 10th and it was delivered to their office in the United Kingdom on the 17th. They sent me a confirmation email.

I am pleased to confirm that your DNA sample has been safely received back at our labs and the scientific process of extracting and decoding your DNA can now begin.

At current order levels, we estimate you should receive your gene results and personalised recommendations by Friday 10 February.

Thank you for your order and I hope you are looking forward to discovering more about your fitness DNA!

Only took until February 1st, when I received the next email…

We’ve completed our analysis of your DNA, and you can now view your results online.

We have personalised sections that give you specific recommendations based on your gene results. Each recommendation cuts through the complexity of fitness genetics and gives you focussed advice on one aspect of exercise, diet or supplementation.

Please take your time to read through your recommendations, and remember that you have full ongoing email support from us for all fitness, nutrition, genetic and supplement related questions via support@fitnessgenes.com.

You have been Genetically Upgraded by FitnessGenes!

When you log into your account to see the results, a little intro says…

At present we use 41 different genetic variations in our data modelling. Some of these genes impact on your training blueprint, some impact on your nutrition blueprint, and some impact on both. You will find further information on a number of these genes listed in Your Genetic Results. As our research advances, you will receive updates on new gene releases and can read more about what each individual gene contributes to your profile.

Reading about all of the individual genes is a little overwhelming to be honest. I picked out a few highlights to share.

ACE

You have two copies of the ‘endurance’ I allele.

Most studies suggest that the I allele is associated with better endurance performance in response to aerobic training. It appears to be linked to more slow-twitch muscle fibres and improved muscular efficiency. The I allele is found more in elite endurance athletes than power/strength athletes. This could be the optimal genotype for elite long-distance runners and swimmers, rowers, and cyclists.

ACTN3

You have two copies of the ‘sprinter’ R allele.

Carriers of the R allele produce plenty of alpha-actinin-3, a protein which is associated with a ‘boost’ in muscle strength and performance. This boost is possibly due to an increase in the overall size and number of fast-twitch muscle fibres. As a result, RR is a genotype commonly found in elite speed/power athletes.

Seems like this combination of ACE and ACTN3 should be decent for CrossFit.

ADRB2_2

You have two copies of the ‘higher fat breakdown’ allele.

Your genotype is associated with losing fat more easily.

CLOCK

You have one copy of the C allele and one copy of the T allele and there is an increased likelihood you are a night owl.

Based on your genetic result, there is a moderate likelihood that you have or will develop a disturbed circadian rhythm. Therefore, there is an intermediate chance – compared to those with other genotypes – that your sleep pattern interferes with muscle recovery or weight loss goals.

I have had troubles sleeping at times in my life, even going so far as doing an overnight sleep test and taking medication. Most of that went away when I left my job at Saginaw Valley State University though, so it seemed most of my issue was stress related and not enjoying my work.

FTO

You have two copies of the ‘typical obesity risk’ T allele.

Those with two copies of the T allele weigh about 3kg (6.6 lb) less, on average, than those who carry two copies of the ‘increased-obesity-risk’ A allele! Research has shown that those with the TT allele.

LCT

You have two copies of the ‘lactose tolerant’ T allele, and are likely genetically lactose tolerant.

You carry two copies of the genetic variation associated with the ability to digest lactose into adulthood and your genetic lactase switch is most likely set to “on”. This means that you should be able to digest milk and other dairy products with ease unlike those who are lactose intolerant.

Not a big surprise. I drank a lot of milk growing up and still love a tall glass with home meals.

UCP2

You have one copy of the ‘fast metabolism’ A allele and one copy of the ‘slow metabolism’ V allele.

The V allele is linked to a more efficient metabolism and is found at higher frequencies in elite endurance athletes, while the A allele is linked to a faster metabolism and a lower risk of weight gain, particularly if combined with exercise. As you carry a copy of each, you are likely to have a metabolic rate intermediate between AA and VV genotypes.

There is so much info provided, but those are just 7 of the 41 results. I don’t know that I’ve gained any knowledge that’ll change my life, but it’s still cool to have and be able to reference. Based on your gene results, they also give you a general workout volume recommendation. Mine said…

Your gene variants indicate that, to build strength and increase lean muscle mass, you should respond well to a high-volume form of resistance/strength training.

The recommendations they give are kind of interesting to think about and maybe experiment with at some point:

  • Sets: 16-32 per workout
  • Reps: 12-15 per set
  • Tempo: 2020 – 4020 per rep
  • Rest: 45-60 seconds between sets

Another big part of their service is getting you to sign up for training based off of your results. I had no intentions of doing that.

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