Training for the London Marathon? It’s now as simple as DNA

An experienced triathlete improved his performance by training to genetic strengthens thanks to DNAFit

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

With a month to go to the London Marathon, one runner has improved his times and performance by training to his genetic strengths using data from a DNA test.

Steve Pascale-Jones, 35 an experienced triathlete from near Inverness, has used DNAFit – the leading fitness and diet programme based on your genetic profile – to help him improve his time, manage his injury risk and train more effectively.

It’s thought that around 60% of variance in body weight is due to genetic factors and this can explain why not everyone responds the same, even if following the same diet.

DNAFit’s non-invasive saliva test allows the optimal diet and exercise programme to be developed, personal to you and your genetics to maximise results.

DNAFit tests 45 gene variants scientifically linked to a body’s capacity to respond to training and nutrition. It uses validated genetic variant scoring methods to determine an individual’s genetic power/endurance balance score to help devise personal training programmes.

Crucially for runners and triathletes, it can also detect if you have a low, medium, high or very high risk of developing soft tissue injury from over training.

The test also provides your:

· VO2 max potential
· Ability to recover from training
· Ideal nutrition and training recommendations
· Carbohydrate & Saturated Fat Sensitivity
· Lactose & Gluten Intolerance Risk
· Detox Ability
· Anti-Oxidant Needs
· Recommended vitamin & micronutrient Intake
· Salt and Caffeine Sensitivity

DNAFit, which presents the results in a detailed report and infographic, is already being used by scores of elite sportsmen and women. Several World Cup players including England’s Glen Johnson used it to improve their fitness along with several Premier League football clubs.

DNAFit allows you to tailor your training to your genetic strengths Photo: DNAFit

It even helped English 800m runner Jenny Meadows reach the Commonwealth Games final by helping her to amend her training to reduce her time by six seconds. Her DNAFit refined training programmes has led to her recording the fastest 800m time in the world in the last three years.

Pascale-Jones’ test revealed:

· His power/endurance potential is 33.3% power, 66.7% endurance. This makes him ideal for long distance running.

· His aerobic potential (VO2 max potential) was found to be medium. To increase his VO2 max capacity, she needs to cross-train by consistently including both endurance and power activities in her training programme.

· His post exercise recovery profile was found to be fast. This means he can recover quickly after very little rest and do more training.

· But his potential injury risk was found to be high. That means Steve has a genetically higher risk of a sports related soft tissue injury. This should be taken into consideration when planning training schedules.

· He also has a low sensitivity to both fat and carbohydrates, meaning he can consume more saturated fat and refined carbs than the average person. His ideal diet would be a Mediterranean one with a mixture of fruits, vegs, complex carbohydrates and good fats.

· He also needs to increase folic acid, antioxidants, Vitamin D, Calcium and Omega 3 and decrease his intake of salt, caffeine and grilled meat.

Steve, who took the test a year ago, changed his diet and training to reflect the results and has improved his performance and lost five kilos.

He added: “The test has been a revelation. I’ve always had problems picking up calf, Achilles and ankle injuries. DNAFit showed that I had high risk of soft tissue injury, which explained why I was so susceptible to these injuries.

“It recommended that I should increase my intake of antioxidants from foods like berries to reduce the risk of tissue damage.

“The test also highlighted that I have a fast recovery rate, which means I only need a short rest between runs, cycling or swimming. This means I’m perfectly suited to the triathlon.”

Since adjusting his training and recognising he is more suited to endurance activity, Steve has moved up to ultra-running, improved his times and has been injury free. He’s also lost five kilos and been in perfect health.

He added: “My improvement is all down to DNAFit. I can’t recommend it enough. This will be perfect for people doing a marathon. By identifying your injury risk and providing training and nutrition recommendations, it’ll help everyone improve their performance.”

Team GB 800m runner Meadows, who like Steve also had high injury risk and amended her training after using DNAFit, said:

“I was a bit sceptical when I took the test but the insights were remarkably spot on. Knowing that my power and endurance potential was evenly split gave an indication that I seemed to have found my ideal distance at 800m.

“I always felt that I could recover quite quickly from training sessions which is exactly what the test predicted. But the real revelation has been the prediction that I have a high risk of potential sports injury.

“I was heartbroken when I missed competing in my home Olympics because of the Achilles injury, which was caused by soft tissue damage on my bursar sack. If I’d have known that I had a higher risk we could have altered my full-on training and maybe things might have been different.

“But after receiving the DNAFit results, Trevor and I altered my training schedule to reflect it. Instead of doing 14 run sessions a week we reduced it to 11, replaced them with 3 cardio sessions on the bike and increased the number of physio and sports massage sessions.

“I’ve also reduced the recovery time between my set of 10 x 400m runs from 90 seconds to 60 and my times remained the same. Some other runners I trained with cut their recovery time by the same amount but their times dropped significantly. I wish I had this information years ago.”

You order the test online at www.dnafit.com. When it arrives, you swab your mouth to collect the DNA and post it back in the envelope. Three weeks later you’ll receive your personalised results and recommendations. A follow up phone call from one of our fitness and nutrition experts will answer any questions you may have and provide additional support. DNAFit test and consultation costs from £99 and is available at www.DNAfit.com

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