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Highs & Lows, Using (and not using) Genetics in Elite Sport

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3426 Posted 312 Days Ago in: Training

Phototherapy and exercise performance

Athletes are always looking for anything that can give them an edge in their training and competition. Quite often, this leads to new ideas and practices being formed, such as the use of ice baths after training, or high protein diets, which become part of everyday training practices for elite and recreational athletes alike. Every now and again, a certain technique or supplement is developed which doesn’t quite have the same take-up, perhaps because it is difficult to do, or because the research isn’t well publicised.

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3422 Posted 326 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

The Impact of the Gut on Sports Performance

The human body is a complex interaction of a number of different systems. When it comes to exercise, we tend to be interested in the physiological systems, such as the cardiovascular system (the heart, arteries and veins, which transport blood, and therefore nutrients, to our working muscles), the pulmonary system (the lungs, which allow us to absorb the oxygen that our cardiovascular system transports), and the musculoskeletal system, which allows us to move.

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3417 Posted 332 Days Ago in: Training

New tech aiding training and recovery

In this day and age, we are surrounded with various bits and pieces of technology that promise to improve our fitness. This can range from the very cheap to the very expensive, with everything in between. In this article, I take a look at some of these pieces of technology that you can use to improve your training performance.

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3411 Posted 350 Days Ago in: Training

What are the best sports to get you lean?

We all have different fitness goals – some of us wants bigger muscles, some want to stay fit and improve their endurance. And some of us want to become leaner. If you’re in the last category but feel bored of going to the gym, read on! A great way to go about getting lean is playing sports. Not only are they fun, social, and foster a competitive spirit that will spill into your daily life, but they’re also extremely effective workouts where you don't even realise how much conditioning you’re allowing your body to go through. Mostly focused on cardio, the trick is to not do too much, and focus on sports that require intervals of intensity. This is because your body adapts to cardio and will become fuel efficient like never before. We’ve selected the top sports you should compete in to get the ultimate lean physique.

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3405 Posted 361 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review 2016 Part 2

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3402 Posted 367 Days Ago in: Training, Industry News, Nutrition

Sport Science Review Part 1

As part of my job role at DNAFit, I read a lot of different scientific papers from a wide range of disciplines within sports science. At the end of 2015, I reviewed the best bits of research I had come across in 2015 (click for Part One and Part Two), and in this two-part article I will share with you the papers that had the biggest impact on me in 2016.

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3401 Posted 372 Days Ago in: Training, Nutrition

A day in the life of an athlete - Greg Rutherford

We all have different careers and unique day-to-day activities, but having a normal day job and a routine makes our days similar to each other. What’s interesting though, is finding out what those people who do things a little differently do every day. We connected with Olympic gold medal winner and Greg Rutherford MBE to find out what a day in the life of a professional athlete is like.

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3358 Posted 497 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Genetics or training - what is the secret to becoming a star athlete?

Amongst all the records, achievements and scandals at Rio 2016, a small piece of history was written. Leila, Liina and Lily Luik from Estonia became the first identical triplets to compete against each other in a single event – the marathon. If this wasn’t proof enough that athletic talent runs in the family, there were at least 36 sets of siblings competing in the Rio Olympics, showcasing family dominance at the Summer Games.

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3356 Posted 501 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus - Part 18: PPARA

In this week's edition of our blog, we look at PPARA, a gene that affects how well we can respond to different types of training, and as a result appears in our power-endurance algorithm. PPARA creates peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor alpha, a protein which activates other genes, as well as being a regulator of fatty acid oxidation during exercise. The gene is activated when our cells aren’t getting enough energy, such as when we fast, or when we take part in exercise that uses up our energy stores, such as endurance exercise.

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3351 Posted 513 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit's Rio Olympic Round-Up

The Summer Olympic Games are over for another cycle, and we’re feverishly counting down the three years and eleven months until the next edition in Tokyo. The Rio games were special for all sorts of sporting reasons so we asked our resident expert and former Olympian Craig Pickering to give us his overview of the Rio Games.

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3341 Posted 526 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Professional athletes and stress- how do they cope?

Everyone around the world is getting sport fever. The Olympics are back! Here at DNAFit we’ve done a little investigation into what role stress plays in athletic performance during the Olympics, and how the world’s top athletes deal with pressure to still go for the gold in their quest to be the best. We’ve drawn from a variety of theories to paint you a comprehensive picture of the complicated relationship between athletic performance and stress and the different ways in which it manifests.

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3338 Posted 532 Days Ago in: Training

Top fitness tech used by professional athletes

Technology has entrenched itself in the sports industry, becoming a crucial component to achieving optimum performance. The newest tech has advanced to the point where anyone can use it to improve their lifestyles and stay at their peak. While we’re all pretty clued up about the latest trendy tech wearables, we thought it’d be cool to really delve a little deeper into the technology being used at the highest level. With the Olympics coming up we’re all a bit athlete crazy. Here are a few top-of-the-range, high-end and revolutionary training technologies used by professional athletes to aid their fitness and sports performance.

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3335 Posted 539 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

How to reach your peak performance?

We tasked our DNAFit sports scientist with giving us insight into what athletes do in terms of their fitness and nutrition in order to stay at the highest level and always be on top of their game. Below you’ll find helpful tips and tricks to implement into your own daily life regarding what you eat and how you exercise, so that you too can reach peak performance and fulfil your fitness potential.

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3333 Posted 543 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Best tips to help speed up your injury recovery

It is possible to be proactive and do certain things to make you less likely to pick up injuries but they’re an ever present aspect of an athletic lifestyle. For this reason, we had a chat with our resident sports scientist who gave us few tips that can help you to get back on track faster than ever before. If you continuously struggle with injury and find that it takes forever for you to recover, then read on.

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3329 Posted 560 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene in Focus: Part 10 - GDF-5

GDF-5 is a gene which encodes for a protein called Growth Differentiation Factor-5. Whilst the specific role of this protein is currently unknown, we do know that a SNP contained within the gene is associated with an increased injury risk, especially with regards to tendons, ligaments, and bone.

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3304 Posted 626 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics

Gene In Focus - Part 2: COL5A1

The next gene in this series is another one that appears in two separate sections – COL5A1. This gene can have an effect on endurance performance and also injury risk; but the allele that increases injury risk also improves endurance performance; one of nature’s cruel jokes.

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3289 Posted 710 Days Ago in: Industry News

DNAFit is shortlisted for Cutting Edge Sport Award at BTSIA

DNAFit, who recently won Innovation of the Year in the prestigious 2015 Lloyds Bank National Business Awards for their genetic test that helps people improve their athletic training with genetic data, is shortlisted for the Cutting Edge award, in association with Loughborough University London.

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3288 Posted 750 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

Craig Pickering's Sports Science Review 2015 - Part 2

Welcome back to my Sports Science Review of 2015, yesterday we looked at some of my favourite findings in sports science from this year. If you missed it, take a look here. Today we're rounding up, looking at the latest findings in these areas: The ACTN3 Gene, Ice Baths, Stretching and Can You Outrun a Bad Diet?

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3287 Posted 751 Days Ago in: Training, Genetics, Industry News

Craig Pickering's Sports Science Review 2015 - Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of my review of the best sports science research in 2015. Note – by best, obviously I mean most interesting to me. Sports science is a large field, and can creep over into other disciplines also. Conducting a review on all the sports science-based research conducted in 2015 would be very time consuming, so just take this as it is. That said, hopefully this provides a nice overview of some contemporary issues in sports science at the moment.

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3284 Posted 659 Days Ago in: Training

Can sleep be essential for your workout?

Our brain is very dependent on sleep. For many years, scientists have been wondering why sleep is necessary, and why it is essential for us to function. During the day our brains work hard, sending a lot of impulses through the nervous system and between our synapses. These impulses are essential even for basic activities like walking and breathing. But can sleep also have more impact on our bodies and our training?

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