World’s first DNA gyms
The DNAFit test gathered a great deal of attention when it was revealed it was being used by English Premier League soccer teams and Olympic athletes. It will now be offered by HealthCity in each of its 60 clubs in the Netherlands and France, making them the first ever DNA Gyms.
The tests scan up to 45 gene variants – slightly different versions of genes – linked to a body’s capacity to cope with training and food. The tests reveals if someone is more suited to endurance exercise (heavy cardio) or power exercise (weights and sprints), how much recovery time they need between training, their risk of soft tissue damage and what kind of diet would assist weight loss.
DNAFit also reveals a client’s:
- Carbohydrate & Saturated Fat Sensitivity
- Lactose & Gluten Intolerance Risk
- Ideal diet – low carbohydrate, low fat or a Mediterranean style
- Detox Ability
- Anti-Oxidant Needs
- Vitamin & Micronutrient Intake
- Salt and Caffeine Sensitivity
The test itself involves a simple mouth swab. It is then analysed and the findings used to help craft a tailored training and diet programme.
In a recent study of 191 obese people by the University of Trieste, those using a DNA matched diet lost 33 per cent more weight than those counting calories. Patients on a DNA diet also gained more muscle, at an average of 6.1 per cent compared to 5.3 per cent – 16% more.
DNAFit won the Spark of Innovation award at this year’s ukactive Matrix Flame Awards, the most highly coveted accolade in the UK health and fitness sector.
Founder Avi Lasarow adds: