Athletigen: Using Genetic Information for Better Performance and Longevity

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It’s time to discover what’s right for you and unlock your true potential, all by using your genetics.

Life can be hard, confusing, and overwhelming. From the beginning, we’re taught to be like other people and do what they do. I’m not saying that’s necessarily a bag thing, providing the role models are good ones. But, at some point, we have to start to figure out who we are as an individual, what lights us up, and what makes us thrive.

Today, it’s hard to not compare yourself to everyone else. It can be confusing to know which “healthy” diet is right for you and which workout will get you the results you’re after.

Should I be eating Paleo and killing myself in the gym five days a week? That depends, on a lot of different things.

It’s great to focus on the basics, like nutrition, exercise, and sleep. But, wouldn’t it be nice to have a better idea of what’s healthy specifically for your body?

That’s what a company by the name of Athletigen is doing.

You can upload your DNA data from either 23andme, AncestryDNA, or you can buy their DNA kit.

From there you have your pick between two free reports and five full, paid reports (with a sixth option coming soon).

Free Kick report (Free)

There are many characteristics that make up a great soccer player. Athletigen has isolated three of these to help you improve your performance and decrease your risk of injury.

Get insights into your genetic makeup and learn more about your characteristics:

Endurance vs. Power

Hamstring Injury Risk

Performance Under Stress

F.P.R. Report (Free)

Take a personal approach to your performance, nutrition, and recovery.

Fuel: know if you’re prone to having trouble absorbing certain vitamins and what you can do about it.

Perform: know what training you’ll respond to best and what injuries you need to safeguard against.

Restore: know if you’re prone to recover fast or slow and if you’re more susceptible to poor sleep.

Welcome Report ($29.99)

This gives you a broad overview of your DNA results. The Welcome Report is approximately 35 pages (it differs based on your DNA) and analyzes 40 markers to provide insight into 19 traits. It’s also included if you purchase Athletigen’s DNA collection kit.

Nutrition Report ($99.99)

This provides a comprehensive overview of how your DNA influences your body’s response to your diet. Examining over 40 nutrients, ranging from Vitamin A through minerals, and saturated fats to sugar, the Nutrition Report will help you understand how your genetic profile influences your response to the nutrients found in your food.

Wellness Report ($79.99)

Designed to help you find the underlying cause of health risks that you’ve seen in your family so that you can make small lifestyle changes to help to improve your health and wellbeing. Specifically, you will learn what healthy living means for you and you’ll receive customized expert recommendations.

Ready State Report ($99.99)

Athletigen has partnered with the world-leading experts in athletic therapy and training at MobilityWOD to bring you the Ready State Report. The report uses your DNA data to target regions and movements that have increased injury risk and also includes advice and techniques, with a video series from Dr. Kelly Starrett and his MobilityWOD team, to keep you moving without pain or injury.

Athletic Report ($89.99)

This is an extensive guide meant to enable you with DNA insights that are your personal compass to optimize your athletic training, lifestyle, and wellness. With traits covering muscular fitness, recovery, sleep, and power/endurance training, Athletigen’s Athletic Report provides a comprehensive audit of your genetics.

ALTIS Performance Report (Coming Soon)

Athletigen and the world-class coaches at ALTIS are working together to provide you with physiology training and personalized guidance so you can be your best.

I used my AncestryDNA to get the two free reports. In the Free Kick report. which shows you how you might perform as a soccer player, they first analyzed my potential performance under stress using the COMT gene.

COMT helps regulate your levels of dopamine, a chemical messenger that impacts decision making, coordination, motivation, and pain tolerance. My COMT gene variant is associated with higher dopamine levels, giving me better strategy skills but more vulnerability to stress.

Next, I see my risk for a hamstring injury. The genes in the Hamstring Injury Panel influence the development, growth, strength, and healing of connective tissues. These include MMP3, IL6, TNC, and NOS3. The genetic variants found in my Hamstring Injury Panel are linked to moderately increased risk of hamstring injury. Maybe that’s why I’ve always had tight hamstrings and reoccurring low back pain.

Lastly, they analyze how you might stack up with endurance and power. The ACE gene is involved in blood pressure regulation and how your body delivers oxygen and fuels to your muscles as you exercise. ACE is indirectly linked to the development of fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers. My ACE variant could make me more adaptable to situations where a mix of endurance and power abilities are ideal.

I’ve always thought how great it would be to have an owner’s manual for my mind and body. Instead of guessing what fuel I should be using and how and when to do preventative maintenance, I’d know. I think, with companies like Athletigen, we’re getting really close to that.

The future’s bright my friends, and life as we know it is going to start changing very quickly, for the best!

“You are Made For More (TM). Athletigen’s team of genomics and health experts work in close collaboration with an expert panel of nutritionists, physical therapists, coaches, and medical professionals to reveal how your DNA information influences your performance, health, and wellbeing. Together, our team has developed industry-leading recommendations and actionables to help you optimize how you fuel, perform and restore.”

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