When Science Meets Fitness

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What if I told you that getting in shape was not a matter of willpower but tailoring your lifestyle to fit your genetics? That’s what the folks from Fitness Genes claim. Using the power of your DNA, they analyze 40 plus genes that are linked to your health, shape and physical fitness, combine the information with data on your lifestyle, and then provide you with a diet and exercise blueprint to achieve your goals.


Turns out, not that complicated. For your recommendations, you send away for the Starter System Kit ($229) and receive a box ready to take a saliva sample for analysis. Afterwards you’re sent a report on your genetic makeup. In plainer English, you’ll find out if you’re lactose intolerant, prone to obesity, have difficulty tacking on mass or are better served by something like yoga. You also gain access to a 4-week starter plan, free workout vids and other online tools.

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The team of Fitness Genes is rather impressive, including two PhD genetic scientists. As the company points out on its website, the FDA reports that there is no hard evidence that these sort of tests work in changing our physical makeup and the FG agree that this is a relatively new field. However, they use what they learn from your DNA and make recommendations based on the various scientific studies currently available. For example, if they find you are pre-diabetic, they may recommend weight management as the current science literature dictates.

The company has been covered by many reputable fitness magazines and websites. Participants appear to be impressed with their results after changing their lifestyles to meet their tailored suggestions. Unfortunately, we haven’t had a chance to try the kit for ourselves, although we admit to desperately wanting to. You know, for scientific purposes.

What do you think? Is having your genetics tested worth the splurge when it comes to unleashing your mightiest self orĀ  do you think it’s all hype? Let us know in the comments.

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