DNAFit claims that a simple cheek swab that tests 20 key genes can reveal your training potential, from identifying your strengths and weaknesses, to understanding the best type of training for you and adapting your exercise routine to improve fitness levels. If you’ve been struggling with your fitness, or if you’re an athlete, then could this DNAFit Fitness test be the kickstart you need to an effective exercise regime? Could this be the easy answer to shaving seconds off your personal best?
We shall find out. With a £115 Simple DNAFit test in our hands, we’ll be taking you through the results when they arrive in a couple of weeks’ time.
DNAFit offer a simple solution for those wanting to improve their fitness. Order online and once you receive your pack, the rest is simple. In the Simple pack, you receive a set of instructions, a form to sign, a cheek swab and a swab ‘stopper’. After you’ve taken your cheek swab and sealed up the plastic test tube, all that’s left to do is send it back and await the results. This can require planning as the best time to take the swab is first thing in the morning before you brush your teeth – if, like us, your first thought is breakfast, it may take several goes before you succeed in remembering to swab first.
Out of the 20 genes tested are:
ACTN3 – Power & Fatigue
ACE – Muscle Efficiency
PPARA – Regulation of Fat
NRF2 – Respiratory Capacity
VEGF – Blood Vessel Growth
VDR – Vitamin D3 Levels
AGT – Blood Pressure Control
BDKRB2 – Muscular Contraction
IL-6 – Response to Training
The £119 Simple version tests for:
- Power & Endurance Potential
- Post-Exercise Recovery Speed
- Injury Risk Profile
- Recovery Nutrition Needs
Whilst the £149 Premium kit tests in addition:
- Aerobic (V02 Max) Potential
- Full Genotype Report & Breakdown
- DNA Benchmark against British Olympian
When it’s all laid out like this, it makes it clearer just how a DNA test can judge your body’s particular needs, for example, whether you will react better to power or endurance training, your predisposition for certain injuries, your recovery rate etc. Whilst there’s part of us that’s ready to jump straight on this DNA bandwagon, there’s another part of us that judges it with the same eye one might view a fortune teller. How much is us wanting to believe?
The idea is smart; after all, when you’re born, no one comes with an instruction booklet and it’s true that everyone’s genes are different (that’s why some people thrive on a raw food or vegetarian diet and others wither) but it’s rare that you understand what your particular genes react better to. Is this a smarter way of living? We’re sold on the idea but we’ll let the results speak the truth.