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DNA & EXERCISE/ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE

As you have probably guessed by now…. #DNA plays a role in how we respond to exercise and our overall athleticism. There are 3 Keys to Fitness and Athletic Performance:

·Strength and endurance - physiological factors such as circulatory and cardiovascular performance; blood pressure; heart and lung capacity; muscle strength; and adaptation to training.

·Connective tissues - chance of soft tissue injury.

·Recovery time - the athlete’s sensitivity to inflammation, free radicals, and oxidative stress.

#DNA #Exercise/Athletic #testing looks at 18 genetic markers that determine #Fitness and @

Athletic #Performance. For example, athletes A is built for power and athlete B is better at endurance activities. This does not mean Athlete A should never do #cardio, it just means, Athlete A’s #training should focus on more resistance training and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) style workouts to increase their cardio. Athlete B should probably focus endurance style workouts…they may get into running, cycling, rowing, swimming to name a few. They should also do more total body resistance training (1 maybe 2 times a week).

Another great advantage to understanding your #DNA is the ability to understand how your body recovers and how susceptible you are to injury. Let us use Athlete A as an example again. Athlete A is a power athlete, with higher risk for soft tissue injury and prone to inflammation. Athlete A would need to focus on stretching, rehab and prehab in between training sessions. #Athlete A would probably also want to allow for a longer recovery periods in between both sets and training days. Athlete A should also focus on nutritional supplements that reduce inflammation, proper sleep (we recovery while sleeping) and warm-up adequately.

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