LONDON, April 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
An independent clinical study shows those who trained to their genetic-makeup improved athletic performance almost three times more than those on mismatched training programmes.
It's supported by reigning British Olympic and World Long Jump Champion Greg Rutherford (pictured) who's using DNAFit to go for gold at Rio 2016.
The eight week study, published in the Biology of Sport, was conducted at the University of Central Lancashire with 28 young sportsmen and 39 young male football players.
Participants took the DNAFit test, which screens 45 gene variants scientifically linked to a body's response to training and nutrition. DNAFit's worked with elite sportspeople and English Premier League football clubs.
The test uses its DNAFit Peak Performance Algorithm and validated genetic variant scoring methods to determine your genetic power/endurance response ratio, to help devise bespoke training.
Half the participants were given genetically matched training programmes - high intensity training for those with a power bias, low intensity for those with an endurance bias. The rest were mismatched - those with more power given low intensity training, those with more endurance, high intensity. Neither subjects nor trainers knew whether their programme was matched or not.
Participants underwent two fitness tests to measure power and endurance; power by a countermovement jump (CMJ), endurance by an aerobic three minute cycle test.
After eight weeks, the genetically matched group improved their CMJ by 7.4% and the mismatched by 2.6%. In the cycle test, the matched group saw an average 6.2% improvement compared to 2.3% for the mismatched.
DNAFit also detects raised risk of developing connective tissue injury, recovery speed from hard exercise and VO2 Max trainability.
Greg Rutherford's DNAFit test revealed his Power/Endurance response ratio was majority power response with some endurance - 53.8% Power, 46.2% Endurance. His genetic recovery speed and injury risk were medium.
Greg said: "The big difference I've noticed in the last year, since understanding my genetic data, is a great improvement in my strength and power in the gym. I've been hitting huge personal bests in the weight room and applying the DNAFit Peak Performance Algorithm has been a key part in this improvement."
DNAFit founder Avi Lasarow added: "We believe genetics are an important part of performance, whether at an elite level like Greg or for those who just want to get fit and eat well. I am confident this research and our scientifically-based genetic testing capability will not only transform sport but also the health and fitness markets."
DNAFit can be bought at dnafit.com
The study - 'A genetic-based algorithm for personalized resistance training' - at http://biolsport.com/text.php?ids=101125
SOURCE DNAFit Life Sciences