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The Benefits of Genetic Testing for Athletes

[fa icon="calendar"] Oct 31, 2017 3:37:27 PM / by Catherine Levesque

Catherine Levesque

You’re a gym junkie, a Crossfit enthusiast, hot-yoga devotee

Fitness is an integral part of who you are, and whether it be in the weight room, on the track, or in the pool, you’re OptimalFitness.jpgconstantly striving to improve your performance.

Perhaps you’ve hit a plateau in your - a point in your athletic career when you’re doing all the “right” things, but don’t seem to be making any progress. Your goals are in sight, but just out of reach. How do you get there?


Whatever your goal, however ambitious, an AGS at home genetic test can help:

Success starts with the ultimate training schedule. You know you need to engage in both strength and endurance exercises for optimal fitness, but how much of each? Would you benefit more from going for another run, or by swapping a day of cardio for resistance training?

Let your genes decide:

Our tests examine ACTN-3, the gene that regulates the fast-twitch muscle fibers utilized in speed and power sports, such as sprinting and weightlifting. We look at three variations of ACTN-3: (CC, CT, and TT) and the type you have helps determine how suited you are for high intensity exercises. Studies have shown that those with the CC genotype are wired for speed and power activities, while those with the CT and TT genotypes are better off engaging in endurance exercises, such as long distance jogging.


Exercise based on your DNA to see the best results:


As an athlete, you understand the importance of carbohydrates as fuel. You know that protein is a post-workout essential for tissue repair and muscle growth. You know that fats - the right fats - must also make their way into your diet to support cell growth and help keep your appetite in check. Up until now, perfecting your macronutrient ratio has been a series of guesses and checks. Here’s a simpler solution: listen to your genes. Taking a genetic test will determine the ideal percentage of carbs, proteins, and fats right for you based off your genetic makeup.


Feeling sick during your workouts? We all differ at the genetic level, and therefore foods that are healthiest for some may not be so for others. Let our test alert you of your dietary intolerances, so you can avoid the foods that don’t sit right in your system. Take yogurt for example - packed with protein for muscle growth and calcium for bone strength, it’s a staple in many athletes diets. Yet not all of us can reap the benefits of yogurt. In fact, around 65% of us are unable to properly break down lactose, the sugar it contains. For lactose-intolerant individuals, dairy consumption results in symptoms such as bloating and nausea -- both of which can ruin a workout. Armed with information about what your body can and cannot digest, you can cut out any foods that may be holding you back.


Finding it harder than usual to hit those last few reps?

We all experience exhaustion when we slack off on sleep, but how can we explain feeling tired after a full night’s rest? A study conducted by Tufts University found that roughly 25% of people suffer from near-deficiency or outright deficiency of vitamin B12. Although low levels of B12 have been linked to a number of neurological and cognitive complications, the most widespread symptom is fatigue. [1]

An iron deficiency has similar consequences, with exhaustion topping a list of symptoms ranging from headaches to shortness of breath. Those who lack folate (vitamin B9) may even experience chronic drowsiness. Clearly there is more to maintaining high energy levels than getting adequate sleep alone. Our tests can pinpoint exactly which micronutrients your body isn’t getting enough of, so you can start taking the supplements you need.


As a seasoned athlete, competition drives you forward. Taking an AGS genetic test is a simple and effective way to get ahead of the pack. Whether you’re aiming to hit a squat PR, break a 6 minute mile, or simply feel stronger and more energized than ever before, understanding your genetic makeup is the place to start.


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Topics: Exercise, Genetic Testing 101

Catherine Levesque

Written by Catherine Levesque

Catherine attending New York University as a Biology major. She aspires to be a pediatric oncologist, and is excited to see how pharmacogenetics revolutionizes the field of cancer treatment.

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