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How your DNA can reveal the perfect workout

We might like to think we’re brilliantly unique, but we share the majority of our DNA makeup with all the other humans on the planet, and slight genetic[1] variations make us who we are. Now, this information is being harnessed to help both athletes and the average Joe achieve their fitness potentials. This technology is the next step in the personalised fitness[2] dominated by Fitbits and other tracking devices.

It is science that Olympic athletes including Greg Rutherford premier league football teams are said to swear by. Most recently, health firm DNA Fit rolled out its Elevate software, which enables clients to access workouts built around their genetic coding on their smartphones and other devices. To fetch this data, clients swab the inside of their mouths, and post off the cotton bud to the DNA Fit lab.

There, technicians test for sensitivity to fats, lactose, gluten, carbohydrates, salt, alcohol and caffeine, among others things. A week or so later, a 25-page diet report and 15-page fitness rundown is sent back. As well as determining whether a person is particularly sensitive and prone to putting on weight after eating certain food groups, DNA markers can pinpoint if a person is more predisposed to training for endurance – such as cycling or running – or power – including weight lifting, high intensity resistance training and sprinting.

Even details like the number of reps per exercise and recovery times are said to be lurking in our DNA. Trainers use this data to tailor efficient workouts and diets to help their client maximise their health.

The exercise it takes to burn off high-calorie foods – in pictures

“Thanks to the lowering cost of genotyping analysis researches studies are now possible at a fraction of the cost, this helps the science move forward,” DNA Fit founder, Avi Lasarow told The Independent. This is how the team informs the training plans with Elevate, he explains.

Nicholas Jones, the head of firm DNA Sports Performance, has worked with the England rugby and hockey teams and carried out studies into using genetic markers to enhance fitness at Lanchashire University. In a study on rowers published in the ‘Biology of Sport’ journal, Jones pinpointed whether participants fell into the endurance or power bracket. “If you match your genotype with your training the likelihood of significant improvement was 21 times more in the power test and 28.5 times more in endurance, test compared with people who were mismatched,” he told The Independent.

“Let’s flip that to yourself who’s just at the gym after Christmas and you want to get fit. You go to gym you and don’t see improvements. You don’t get more strong or powerful you get disgruntled and leave after four weeks.

Whereas if you had done the genetic test you’d be much more likely to see the results you’re after quicker. You’re more likely to carry on in the gym as a result,” he argues. However, sceptics aren’t so convinced.

Focusing on 45 of the 10million gene variants in the human body, as such tests do, gives only a small glimpse into our genetic profiles. “If you want to know how good someone is likely to be at sport, you’ll probably get a better idea by looking at them and their body shape,” Mark Thomas, professor of evolutionary genetics at University College London told The Telegraph. Maintaining a healthy diet is also key to hitting peak levels of performance.

“You have to think about environmental factors,” says Jones. “Take Team GB runner Mo Farah and his twin brother. Side by side you can see photos of them. His brother is quite overweight and isn’t a world class athlete.

His environment has identical genes to Mo but his environment hasn’t allowed him to use the potential of the genes.”

So, genetic test or no, at the end of the day none of us will become an Adonis without putting the hard work in at the gym.

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References

  1. ^ genetic (www.independent.co.uk)
  2. ^ fitness (www.independent.co.uk)
  3. ^ Reuse content (www.independent.co.uk)

Fitness gym formally opens in Humble

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Close Image 1 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Image 2 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Image 3 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Image 4 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Image 5 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Image 6 of 6 The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo)

The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area. (Contributed photo) Fitness gym formally opens in Humble 1 / 6

Back to Gallery Fitness Connection on Saturday will mark the grand opening of its Humble location. The gym, at 9669 FM 1960 Bypass Road West, is Fitness Connection’s 13th in the Houston area.

The 52,000-square-foot facility features 100 pieces of cardio equipment, a kids’ area with a movie theater and a women’s only workout area. RELATED: Workplace wellness programs keep employees fit while cutting health costs[1] The Houston Texans cheerleaders and Debbie the Texan along with city and community leaders will attend Saturday’s grand opening.

Fitness Connection has grown to more than 30 locations across Nevada, North Carolina and Texas.

References

  1. ^ Workplace wellness programs keep employees fit while cutting health costs (www.houstonchronicle.com)

MIC’s Binky Felstead shares her pregnancy gym workout!

The MIC star has shared a simple workout to maintain strength and fitness during the first trimester

Looks like there’s no stopping pregnant MIC star Binky Felstead[1], who has been hitting up the gym and keeping fit. Earlier this month, Binky and her baby-daddy Josh ‘JP’ Patterson[2] announced they were expecting their first child together and we couldn’t be happier for the pair! Fitness fanatic Binky is still maintaining her slim physique and ensuring she stays healthy throughout her pregnancy and has even shared a simple gym workout, ideal for mums-to-be who

are in their first trimester. Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead announces she’s PREGNANT with Josh Patterson’s baby: ‘It’s been a shock’[3] Taking to Instagram, the reality star uploaded a clip of her pre-natal workout with the following moves:

Wide Leg Squat Press – 10 reps Bicep Curls Arnold Press – 8 reps Glute Bridges – 10 reps

Light run – 15 minutes Modified burpees – 8 reps

Fans of the star have commented on the video, praising Binky for her workouts. One fan wrote: ‘Wish i had exercised when I was pregnant!

Was my biggest mistake not exercising,’ and another added: ‘Exercised through both my pregnancies up until 37/38 weeks. Only had 9 pound to loose after the 2nd. Defo recommend continuing to exercise if you regularly do it before.’

One Insta user even joked: ‘as if she’s still going to the gym! I can’t even be bothered when I haven’t got pregnancy as an excuse ??.’

Of course, some of Ms Felstead’s followers weren’t so encouraging with one mum saying: ‘What is wrong with just relaxing and resting in pregnancy! ? I have two girls a toddler and baby under a year and believe me u do enough Running about after them to keep fit!

Rest while u can ? and after nine months giving birth if my second kid im back in size 8 clothes ? kids keep u busy and fit ??.’ Fans rally round MIC’s Binky Felstead after heated JP fallout[4]

Another wrote: ‘U be careful binky with that working out your doing with your baby in your belly…..I don’t know who in there right mind would do any training when there pregnant

really & truly…’

We say, Go Binky!

References

  1. ^ Binky Felstead (www.celebsnow.co.uk)
  2. ^ Josh ‘JP’ Patterson (www.celebsnow.co.uk)
  3. ^ Made In Chelsea’s Binky Felstead announces she’s PREGNANT with Josh Patterson’s baby: ‘It’s been a shock’ (www.celebsnow.co.uk)
  4. ^ Fans rally round MIC’s Binky Felstead after heated JP fallout (www.celebsnow.co.uk)

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