DNA fitness and nutrition assessment…Does it have a place in a trainer toolbox?

Scenario: Joanne, age 35 is determined that “this time” she will be successful in her quest towards optimal health. She has requested a fitness assessment and personal training. After trying countless diets and fitness classes you are her last hope. Her goals, you guessed it, lose 25 pounds and get “toned”.

How would you assess Joanne? Conduct lifestyle and health questionnaires, followed by movement and cardio assessments? Next have her complete a food diary? Even with all of these tools, clients like ‘Joanne’ can be a challenge! Despite hard work and their commitment weight loss, is difficult.

Current fitness assessment tools provide invaluable information related to lifestyle factors, current level of fitness and nutrition (occasionally) which impact health and fitness, but despite this, sometimes it seems there is something missing, some factor(s) that our assessments are unable to detect…until now.  

DNA FITNESS! Combining nature (genes) and nurture (lifestyle) to create unique, customized programs for your clients.

With all the various DNA tools available and exceptional research, which is improving almost daily, using DNA information has gone from what 10 years ago seemed like science fiction to today which is science (and part art).

Test your basico DNA Fitness IQ

Answer the following True/False.

  1. T/F There are “fat” genes.
  2. T/F  VO2 capacity is in our genes.
  3. T/F  Genes that indicate slow recovery time.
  4. T/F  Genes that impact a person’s ability to utilize antioxidants and omega 3.
  5. T/F  There are genes that indicate alcohol may be good for your heart.  
  6. T/F  Genes related to whether strength or endurance exercises are optimal.
  7. T/F  There is a gene related to metabolizing caffeine.  
  8. T/F  Risk of soft tissue injury.

All the above statements are true!  

How could having knowledge of your clients, or even your own unique DNA fitness and nutrition genes impact achieving fitness and wellness goals?

Could it impact your training program?  Absolutely!

Could it influence the nutritional plan?  Absolutely!

Can this DNA knowledge be utilized to create a plan without considering lifestyle and current level of fitness? Absolutely NOT!

Two DNA Fitness and Nutrition Assessment tool for trainers

As personal trainers we are able to utilize information from the DNA fitness and nutrition assessments if

  1. You are  Certified as a DNA Fitness Professional
  2. Partner with a Certified DNA Fitness Professional to assist in developing an optimal program for your clients.

Two companies that are exemplary in their commitment to educating and certifying personal trainers, nutritionist, and other health and wellness professionals are DNA Fit and Silverberry Genomixs. Below is a brief description of each company based on my own experience as a certified DNA fitness trainer.

  • DNAFit:  DNAFit is the leader in consumer DNA testing with over 17,000 assessments completed worldwide. They are headquartered in the United Kingdom.  Certified DNA Fit trainers span the globe. Their training tool provides in-dept knowledge regarding what are genes, what genes they assess and why.  DNAFit requires trainers to take quizzes after each module, as well as create fitness and nutrition plans. While the training is valuable, personally it has been the exceptional customer service and professional support that has provided me with the ability to create and implement  exceptional training programs for my clients. Once certified you have access to the comprehensive fitness/nutrition package for your clients, as well as the stellar professionals at the corporate office. Here is the link to the DNAFit customer website and for information related to becoming a certified DNA Fit trainer, visitit this the website is DNAfitPro.


  • Silverberry Genomixs:  Silverberry Genomixs is headquartered in California. They are a relatively newcomer to the market but quickly gaining recognition as a leader in the consumer DNA testing company in the United States. Silverberry provides a more diverse assessment of genes, which expand beyond fitness and nutrition to include personality, longevity, and allergy genes. Furthermore, they have a variety of packages (each assessing a different combination of genes) depending on the wants and needs of the user. For example, there is a specific package for weight loss (which is their most popular test) and Lean and Fit, which is focused on optimizing fitness in shorter period of time. Silverberry’s certification approach is also different. Prior to taking the Silverberry Certification course, trainers are not required to have basic knowledge related to genomics and DNA. The certification modules, relate specially to the various packages offered. Silverberry’s creative approach to training uses an aviator of real users.  each module reviews results of the genomic testing, with emphasis on those genes that are considered advantaged (e.g. elite athlete gene) or disadvantaged (e.g. fat gene). Next this information is utilized to develop a comprehensive fitness and nutrition plan. Like DNAFit each module is followed by a quiz, but they do not require trainers to create fitness and nutrition plans. Once certified, trainers and wellness professionals are encouraged to become partners, which allows access to their forum and discounts. For information related becoming a partner and certification you can check out this link and/or this one.

Additional DNA assessment tools

DNAFit and Silverberry Genomixs are just two assessments tools in this market. Each day there appears to be a new company in this market. Two additional companies that have programs which support personal trainers and other wellness professionals include:

  1. Spiral Health
  2. AGS DNA Testing for Health and Wellness

The answer  to the question, “does a DNA fitness and nutrition assessment have a place in a trainer toolbox” is absolutely. Nonetheless, it is not for everyone. First, all tests cost extra money, starting at $89 for the basic Silverberry report. Secondly, results range from approximately 2 weeks for DNAFit to 4 to 8 weeks for Silverberry and we certainly are not going to wait to start working with our client. Ultimately, true value is accurate interpretation of the results, followed by the development of an appropriate and effective training plan.

99% of genes are the same. It is that 1% which makes us each unique. Whether your client is an athlete seeking to improve performance or our clients like Joanne, who have struggled for years, a DNA assessment from a reputable company may provide the key to unlocking their true potential, which will ultimately be a tool to assist with helping each client’s fitness and wellness goal come to fruition!

The final question is:  What would you like your genes to tell you?

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