Exercise Genetics

Use Your DNA to Personalise your Exercise Program. Optimise Results and Limit Injuries.

Are you one of the 1.5 billion people who fail to make a key protein in their muscle? Everyone has the ACTN3 gene which should produce a protein called alpha-actin-3.

How much alpha-actin-3 is produced varies from person to person and is determined by your genetics. This means that each person will be in one of the following ;

Producing or not producing this protein changes everything about how you should exercise as it determines:

  • The type of muscle fibre you have, fast twitch or slow twitch
  • How your muscle contracts
  • How your muscle produces energy
  • How quickly you can gain muscle
  • Determines if your muscles can deliver power, strength and speed
  • How much muscle fibre you break down in response to exercise
  • Your fatigue rate
  • Your recovery rate post exercise
  • Your risk of injuries
  • Your strength and limitations in exercise and sports

What is alpha-actin-3?

Alpha-actin-3 binds to Actin and determines how your muscle functions. Before you next exercise it is important to know if you produce alpha-actin-3. If you do not produce this protein, there are certain exercises and activities you should never do.

How to Find out if you Make this Protein

If you have your 23andme or Ancestry DNA we can tell you if you make this protein. If you do not yet have your genetic data, contact us now to get your testing done.

These DNA-based reports available from iDNA Health assess this genes

1. Response to Exercise Report 1064

  • This report is a comprehensive assessment of many genes impacting on exercise, including the ACTN3 gene.

2. Muscle Type, Function and Performance Report 1097

  • This report assess the ACTN3 gene

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Your DNA will enable you to make much better choices when it comes to exercise, improve performance and outcomes and limit injuries.

iDNA Health Personalised DNA-Based Exercise Program