Precision fitness: how unlocking your DNA can change the way to train and your diet
We’ve all been embarrassed by a relative as they’ve told us that we look “just like your father when he was your age” or that we’ve “got your mothers eyes”. Statements like these are hardly surprising when you understand how DNA works. DNA is the molecule of hereditary – it is the biological information that we inherit from our parents that influences how we look, grow and develop.
Since the 13-year long project of mapping the human genome was completed in 2003, our understanding how can harness our DNA’s influence has grown exponentially. DNA analysis can be used to solve crimes, reconnect long lost relatives, or identify an individual’s risk of certain health issues. And now the same technology can be used to utilise exercise and nutrition.
Relating DNA and fitness
The primary function of DNA is to regulate for the production of proteins. You don’t just consume proteins through your diet, your body also creates them as they are required for a number of biological processes. Genes are specific regions of the DNA that hold the instructions for creating these proteins.
Whilst we all have the same number of genes, approximately 24,000, there are different versions of these genes that behave quite differently regards to their individual protein production. Through DNA analysis, you can get an insight into your own personal protein profile to understand what workout, nutrition and lifestyle strategies you should follow to maximise the effects of these proteins.
Traits influenced by DNA
There are a number of exercise, nutrition and lifestyle traits that can provide insight into how to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of your workouts and diet:
Muscle fibre profile
Are you a speed or endurance athletes, and how should your workouts reflect this?
Do you respond best to high volume, low intensity workouts or low-volume, high intensity workouts?
How quickly should you perform each rep to elicit the desired and metabolic damage and growth?
How many grams of fibre do you need to consume per day to maintain a proper digestive health and insulin function?
Do you have an increased sensitivity to saturated fat and need to limit your intake?
When should you consume proteins throughout the day to help control appetite and avoid overeating?
How does your circadian rhythm affect the quality of your sleep?
Are you a fast or slow metaboliser of caffeine?
Craving sweet snacks
Is your sweet tooth a genetic trait that you’ve inherited?
Unlocking your personal DNA
All these questions, can be answered by further knowledge of your DNA. This will soon be available at the USN Bolton Arena. Keep a look out for further information.
USN Bolton Arena are delighted to announce that plans have been finalised to introduce Les Mills Virtual classes into our timetable.
In today’s ‘on the go’ economy, it’s down to us to provide customers with a choice of what they want and when they want it. Virtual helps to create this by increasing flexibility for our members, whilst also widening the options available. It allows members to do a workout almost whenever it suits them.
We’ll be doubling our class timetable with the introduction of virtual BodyCombat, BodyPump, BodyBalance, CXWorx, SH’Bam and RPM. Not only are we offering a number of extra classes, we’re implementing new classes to keep up with the rapidly changing health & fitness industry.
New classes are added every 3 months, ensuring they are fresh and the music is current. There is always a diverse range of categories with more programs being added to the catalogue over time.
Will the Les Mills virtual replace live instructors?
No way. Nothing beats the energy of a live Les Mills workout experience and nothing ever will. A live workout is where Instructors and exercisers can experience a very real connection, building relationships that lead to exercise adherence for participants and membership retention for clubs. Live workouts will always be the premium experience with the latest music and choreography. Virtual workouts are a great complement to live workouts, but they are never going to replace the life-changing fitness experiences that a real Instructor can.
Want to see virtual in action? Click here.
Want to find out more? Speak to a member of our gym team and they’ll be able to provide you with further information regarding our new classes. Alternatively, Our memberships team are also available on 01204 488104 to answer any of your questions.
Look out for our new timetable, with the new virtual additions to start in October.
Here at USN Bolton Arena, we’re always looking to enhance and develop workouts for our members. We understand that all members train differently, and that this is something we need to cater for.
Starting from the 4th July, we’ll be running specialist weightlifting programmes in an area designed specifically for this type of training. All sessions will be delivered by current member, Chris Halsall. Chris competed in a number of national and international competitions for England and Great Britain. He has developed his coaching career over a number of years, and will bring a wealth of experience and knowledge which is crucial in such a discipline.
What will the weightlifting course cover?
Key course details
For more information on the course, email email@example.com. To book please contact reception on 01204 488100.
Over the coming months Arena based business Summit Physio will be going over a number of common injuries and how to avoid them. This month they highlight shoulder impingement’s…
A recent study investigated whether a specific exercise strategy improved levels of shoulder function and experienced pain more than unspecific exercises in a population of patients derived from the waiting list for surgery that had been presenting subacromial impingement syndrome (SIS) for six months or more. Moreover, it was investigated if this specific exercise strategy was subsequently able to reduce the need for arthroscopic subacromial decompression.
The specific exercise group was treated according to a protocol based on recent literature, consisting of eccentric rotator cuff training and training of the scapula stabilizing muscles. The control group received unspecific exercises that had only a very limited effect.
The specific exercise group improved significantly more than the control group. A significantly lower proportion of patients receiving specific exercises (20%, vs. 63% receiving unspecific exercises) still chose surgery after completing the rehabilitation protocol.
Information from: Holmgren et al., British Medical Journal 344 (2012)
Article by: Summit Physio
We all want to achieve that beach body for our summer holidays, but sadly not everyone reaches that goal.
That’s why Bolton Arena have introduced the new 3 month body makeover membership, designed to get you in shape for summer.
As well as all the usual membership benefits, members will get weekly mentoring from their designated instructors, 4-weekly measurements and nutritional advice to keep them on track.
“Most of us want to achieve that beach body for our summer holidays, but many of us don’t achieve it. That’s where the Body Makeover Membership comes in, with all the extra advice, support and motivation it offers.”
The membership is priced £49.99 per month over 3 months. Existing members looking to improve their results can also join the programme by upgrading their existing membership.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a member of our memberships team on 01204 488104.
Or visit our fitness page to JOIN NOW.
Monday night saw IFBB PRO, 4th place Olympian, Arnold Classic men’s physique overall champion, British champion, National champion, IFBB Pittsburgh pro champion and USN Ambassador, Ryan Terry visit the Arena.
This wasn’t an off the cuff visit. Ryan was here to promote our new Body Makeover Membership and USN’s Body Makeover Challenge as a whole. Many got to sample USN products, take pictures, along with getting training and nutritional advice.
After picking a lucky winner from the current Body Makeover members, it was Simon Duckworth who was picked to train with Ryan.
Keep your eyes peeled for more USN ambassadors visiting the Arena. If you would like more information on the Body Makeover Membership click here or call 01204 488104.