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Your fitness genetics is the critical base that will determine what you can do well, and what you can do exceptionally well.

Your fitness performance is influenced by a wide range of factors including equipment, personal training and bespoke training plans, and by understanding your fitness genetics you can make small unique changes that will have far reaching effects upon your performance.

If you are new to fitness genetics it might be a lot to take in, that’s why we at Genefit recommend taking a consultation with one of our trained Genefit DNA coaches who will be able to unlock the information for you providing you with everything you need to make those all important changes to unlock your potential.

*your fitness genetics is the critical base that will determine what you can do well, and what you can do exceptionally well.  your fitness performance is influenced by a wide range of factors including equipment, personal training and bespoke training plans, and by understanding your fitness genetics you can make small unique changes that will have far reaching effects upon your performance.

Anaerobic Threshold

The Anaerobic threshold (AT) is commonly known as the lactate threshold or LT, and is the level at which lactate begins to accumulate within the bloodstream during exercise. With increased exercise intensity, lactate in the blood reaches the LT. The LT is a useful measurement for determining exercise intensity during training for a wide variety of sports such as running, rowing, cycling, swimming etc. The usage of interval training, which has been popularised in modern times, uses the principle that the LT can be exceeded for short periods of time, followed by a short recovery period.

Endurance

Endurance is the ability to perform a physical task over prolonged periods of time with minimal fatigue. Endurance levels are commonly associated with the amount of energy expended during the exercise period. Those with higher endurance affinity will therefore be able to exert higher amounts of energy for prolonged periods.

Hypertrophy Response

Body composition in relation to resistance training is the ability for muscle hypertrophy to occur as a result of resistance exercise or physical activity. Muscle hypertrophy is the increase in muscle size, and, whilst there is a correlation between size and strength, the genes that govern power are much more closely associated with strength. Those with better affinity to this aspect of body composition will be able to increase muscle size faster and achieve more hypertrophy than those with lower affinity.

Lean Body Mass

Lean body mass (LBM) is your total body weight minus fat, and determines whether or not you are more likely to have lower body fat levels and higher muscle mass. Therefore those with higher affinity will have a more beneficial power to weight ratio.

Recovery

Recovery works on two levels: the first is the ability to heal from damage caused by physical activity and injury, and the second is the speed with which you recover energy after intense bouts of exercise. Those with higher affinity will be able to recover faster from injury and have more energy post-rest period than those with lower affinity.

Warrior Vs Worrier

The variants in this topic are related to stress response and the ability to deal with stressors, ranging from executive decision-making to pain threshold. The variants are split between those who are “warriors”, those who are “worriers” and those who fall in between.

Basal Energy Expenditure

The basal metabolic rate (BMR) is the rate of energy used by the body at rest. The release and use of energy in this state is sufficient to maintain vital organ function, respiration and repair. Basal metabolism is typically the largest component of our total energy expenditure (approximately 60%). BMR is individual and is affected by height, weight, age, gender and activity levels but it can also be affected by our genes.

Exercises Effect On Weight

Exercise in conjunction with an active lifestyle is important for general good health status. However, studies have demonstrated that the benefits of exercise in relation to weight management differ depending on individual genetic variations.

Injury Risk

Injuries in sport are due to: damage from overuse; poor technique; or accident. Genetically, injury risk is associated with tendinitis, and therefore those with a genetically higher risk will be more predisposed to this inflammatory condition, commonly caused by overuse and/or lack of appropriate rest.

Power

Power is the ability to exert a maximal amount of energy over a very short period of time. However, a maximal power activity will depend on maximum energy expenditure. Those with a high affinity to power will be able to produce more energy (force) in a short period of time than those with little affinity.

VO2max

VO2 max is an individual’s maximum rate of oxygen consumption, as measured during incremental exercise. It is a fair reflection of the aerobic fitness of a person and is an important factor in aerobic activity which is needed for sub-maximal endurance-based sport, such as marathons.