Stepping up to the challenge – myDNA
As of May 1st, myDNA tests are available to order from Lorisian, in conjunction with our food intolerance tests†. This is an exciting time for us at Lorisian where we can now offer further testing to complement an already-established high-quality service with the aim to empower your clients’ lifestyle.
Here at Lorisian, we understand that there’s no ‘one-fits-all’ approach when it comes to optimising your clients’ wellbeing. What works for one person may not work for another and, therefore, the process of making sure your clients are fit and well can take an individualised approach.
Just like Lorisian, myDNA recognises that each person is unique. Now that you can add myDNA as a bolt-on option at Lorisian, you can provide clients with a complete report which details both their personalised genetic findings, as well as diet and lifestyle recommendations, to help them reach their fitness goals.
Genetics can contribute to many aspects of our health and wellness. Through science and analysis, myDNA and Lorisian combined can help your client explore what works for the body to make improved health, wellness and lifestyle decisions. After all, your blood and DNA make you – you.
What is myDNA fitness?
You now have the option to offer your clients a complete view of their wellbeing through myDNA. This personalised fitness report offers an insight into the body’s ideal way to exercise based on genetic makeup. The simple mouth swab test will analyse seven types of genes which relate to sporting ability. These include:
- ACTN3 – Muscle power
- AGT – Muscle strength
- AMPD1 – Muscle energy
- PPARGC1A – Endurance
- COL5A1 – Injury risk and flexibility
- COL1A1 – Injury risk
- IL6 – Recovery time
You don’t have to be a science whizz to understand the results. MyDNA will generate a personalised fitness report packed with useful insights which will tell your client:
- How their body responds to different types of training – including whether they are better suited to endurance sports, explosive power, etc.
- Identify risk factors in their DNA that suggest they are more likely to get injured
- Offer training recommendations tailored to their genetic test results
- Identify baseline fitness levels, according to their DNA
- Offer training programmes for different fitness goals and levels (weight loss, improving fitness or building strength)
Follow the myDNA journey
As part of the myDNA launch, we’ve selected four people from our head office at Lorisian to put myDNA to the test.
The lucky four all have different goals in terms of speed, distance and explosive power– from the typical gym-goer all the way through to competitor level. With different types of exercise and aims in mind, they all share one goal in common: to improve their fitness.
Follow the four throughout the summer as they embark on a mission to understand what works for their body, put their results into action and achieve marginal gains to improve their overall sports performance, all with the help of their own DNA.
Let’s introduce you to the team…
“Since removing myself from a sporting environment, I have struggled to motivate myself and make noticeable improvements in my fitness and strength levels. I am currently at a state of plateau. MyDNA test will hopefully help me to optimise my health and fitness based on my predispositions. No more guess work!”
Occupation: Business Development Manager and Sports Optimisation Specialist
What’s your favourite food? Gammon, egg and sweet potatoes with halloumi
How long have you been training? 3 times a week for 45 minutes max (work life permitting) for around 7 years. 6 of which were with strength and conditioning coaches who provided structured plans.
What part of your training do you dislike the most and why? Aerobic training. I find it too repetitive as I used to play field hockey which was a lot more stop and start with time to rest.
What’s your favourite workout? Tricep Pull Down. Love the burn!
What’s your greatest achievement so far? Representing Yorkshire Seniors and the North of England for Field Hockey were my proudest moments, as well as representing Barnsley Academy as a youth and reaching single figures as a golfer!
How do you measure your fitness? I used to use bio feedback and inferred scans to assess my body fat percentage and lean muscle mass. I am now assessing improvements through weights lifted.
What gives you motivation? Body confidence is the biggest priority I have as I am a lot happier and motivated to succeed when I am happy with my image. I find it really reduces my stress levels too.
What do you aspire to achieve? Under 10% body fat, lean muscle building and having more energy in life!
Cross-fit Champ, Iain
“I’ve always had a keen interest in fitness and I’m looking forward to seeing how this will improve my training and take me to the next level”
Occupation: Customer Care Consultant
What’s your favourite food? Can’t beat a good mixed grill.
How long have you been training? I train between 4-8 hours a week and have been doing so for 8 years. This currently varies between powerlifting, Olympic lifts, gymnastics, body weight movements and yoga.
What part of your training do you dislike the most and why? I’m not a big fan of long distance running as I find it quite monotonous.
What’s your favourite workout? My favourite workout is ‘Murph’. This involves a 1-mile run, followed by 100 pull-ups, 200 press ups and 300 squats, followed by another mile run. All while wearing a 20kg weight vest.
What’s your greatest achievement so far? My biggest sporting/fitness achievements would be competing as a professional MMA fighter and finishing in the top 20% worldwide in the CrossFit open after only 8 months of training in the field.
How do you measure your fitness? As a CrossFit competitor, I measure my fitness in bench mark WODS (Such as ‘The Girls’ and ‘Hero’ workouts). These workouts measure either the time it takes to perform certain exercise, or the amount of reps or movements you can complete in a set time.
What gives you motivation? The general good feeling that comes with pushing and improving yourself.
What do you aspire to achieve? My aspiration is simple; I want to be able to continue enjoying fitness late into life and not be inhibited by many of the issues that we see the elderly struggle with currently. Any other achievements along the way are just a bonus!
Cycling Commuter, Jane
“I would like to become a lot suppler and learn about muscle stretching or additional training methods that suits my body recovery”
Occupation: Laboratory Scientist
What’s your favourite food? Our hen’s eggs. Scrambled, boiled, fried, mayonaised – doesn’t matter!
How long have you been training? I’ve always been outdoor-active and walked or cycled everywhere rather than take the car.
Further to this, I started trial running approximately 6 years ago after a challenge from the husband to run a lap of Derwent Water (10miles). The challenge was met that day as it didn’t seem to be an issue with a bit of persuasion and keeping the pace low.
What part of your training do you dislike the most and why? Finding time with work and family life balance is always an issue, but it’s mostly an enjoyable thing to do, but the downside is the amount of washing it generates!!
What’s your favourite workout? I love the ability to just be able to run freely. Derwent Water is my favourite run that I keep going back to now; it is good to have a personal best time to beat!
What’s your greatest achievement so far? There’s a few, particularly the completion of 4-day Nymegen Marches (4 x 40km walking over flat terrain in The Netherlands), and the Great North Run to raise money for a local cancer charity. I disliked the tarmac and the volume of people, but I had a 2-hour finishing time and raised £600 for charity! Last, but not least, my cycle commute to work is a total of 14 miles per day and I have only missed one day since joining Lorisian – 14 months ago!
How do you measure your fitness? How good I feel afterwards both physically and mentally. Occasional timings of runs and heart rate monitoring – very little else!
What gives you motivation?
Running is for pleasure with husband and friends and the “feeling great after” aura.
What do you aspire to achieve?
To be able to improve performance (speed) would be fantastic but if I’m honest not a major goal at the moment. I feel would like to achieve more on the recovery stage after running. Additionally, I would like to tailor training to have the ability to run hard and long (8+ miles) or cycle distance (70+ miles) and to prevent muscle soreness and be able quite happily to do the same the next day.
Weekend Warrior, Alex
“I’m really excited about taking a DNA test to better understand my body and adapt my training for the Yorkshire and Snowdonia Marathons in October”
Occupation: Marketing Director
Favourite food: I absolutely love dried fruit. However, subject to receiving results from my food intolerance test† with Lorisian, I was advised to cut down on my yeast intake. I’ve now turned to almond butter as my new favourite food.
How long have you been training? I’ve been running all my life but, with structure, around 5 years.
What part of your training do you dislike the most and why? I find core workouts the absolute worst, particularly as it’s relatively boring and it doesn’t feel like I’m making progress.
What’s your favourite workout? I just love long runs, especially with speed integrated within, for example, mile repeats.
What’s your greatest achievement so far? The greatest achievement so far has been running a sub 3-hour marathon. It took 3 attempts, but the feeling after I hit this milestone was unreal. Another achievement I’m proud of is running 70 miles, too.
How do you measure your fitness? I would say that I measure my fitness based on heart rate monitoring, particularly how fast I can run for a given heart rate. It allows me to adapt my training and predict my performance.
What gives you motivation? Ultimately, it’s about trying to be the best I can and feel the best. I also want to inspire my children to give 100% in what they do throughout life.
What do you aspire to achieve? There are a few things I would like to aspire to achieve. One would be to break the 100-mile mark which I’m hoping to do in June. I’m currently organising a charity day which involves me running 1-mile loops around my neighbourhood for 24-hours, raising money for Action for Children in the process. My second aspiration is to one day run from Land’s End in Cornwall to John o’ Groats in the far north of Scotland – 874 miles!
This is just the start of their journey towards optimal health and fitness. Keep a look out for the next post in the series where we catch up on their test results and find out what actionable recommendations they can implement to raise their training game to the next level.
If you share our vision of helping people make better health, wellness and lifestyle decisions or want further information on our partnership with myDNA, you can call our friendly team on 01904 428 550.
Did you know our Scientific Director, Dr Gill Hart, has recently published a paper on how diet plays a key role in an active person’s preparation, competition and recovery strategies? You can read more here.