Perhaps you have found in the past that you put a lot of effort into exercising but appear to reap no rewards? Have you even perhaps questioned whether exercise just isn’t for you? Genetics can reveal how well we’re likely to respond to different types of exercise, as well as reveal the details of your muscle composition, to help you determine the most suitable kind of exercise for your individual body type.
Here’s how a VITL DNA test will reveal the perfect exercise for your genes:
Your ability to gain muscle mass in response to weight training is influenced by your genes, and finding out which variation of these genes you have can help shape your ideal training programme.
Fast-twitch muscles fibres are used for quick, powerful bursts of activity such as strength training or sprinting, however they tire quickly. Slow-twitch fibres are more suited for endurance activities such as distance running. Slow-twitch muscle fibres are less powerful than fast-twitch fibres, but can sustain activity for much longer.
Your muscles contain a mixture of these fibre types and this ratio is partly determined by your genes!
You might be genetically predisposed to build more fast-twitch muscle fibres than slow twitch. In this case, an individual is likely to have an increased ability to gain muscle and strength compared to others. Individuals with a higher proportion of fast-twitch muscle fibres are more likely to see a noticeable change in muscle mass with strength training, whereas aerobic training engages your slow-twitch fibres, and so would be more suitable for individuals with a higher proportion of slow-twitch muscle fibres.
How to supercharge your workout
You may have heard that caffeine is able to boost athletic performance, but this is only true for some people. Not everybody is able to metabolize caffeine in the same way.
If your body is particularly sensitive to it then you might find that a pre-workout coffee leaves you slumped rather than pumped.
Both genetic factors and lifestyle factors, such as training and diet, affect muscle composition.
Understanding your fat and muscle composition is important to help you understand what nutritional and lifestyle factors need to be adopted in order to achieve an optimal fat and muscle balance.
But it’s not all just diet and exercise, micronutrients play a huge role in health and wellbeing too. Stay tuned for part 3 where we take a closer look at how our genes affect how well we are able to absorb certain vitamins and minerals from the food we eat and what we can do about it…
See part 1 of the series: How to Manage Your Cravings With the New VITL DNA Test