A workout plan based on your DNA

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AVON, Conn. (WTNH) — A workout plan developed just for you, could come down to your DNA.

Heather Sanford’s defined form led to body building competitions. But weight training is losing its strength.

“I feel like I’ve tried different styles of training,” said Heather, “and I’ve tried different diets and eating differently. And I just feel like have plateaued. And I really wanted to look for answers.”

Heather is banking on genomic or DNA testing offered by Naturopathic doctor, Dr. Jennifer Stagg at Whole Health Associates for answers.

Dr. Stagg explained, “There are a number of different gene variance that are specific for exercise. We can test instead of just guessing.

The simple saliva test led to an eye-opening result for Heather.

Heather said, “I was absolutely shocked that weight training could actually add more fat to my body than burn fat.”

“This [DNA] is really what makes us all unique and different, ” said Dr. Staff, “and why one person may do well on one exercise program or a diet and somebody else won’t get the same results.”

While weights are off limits for Heather, she is pumping it up with endurance training. It’s the customized fitness plan – based on her DNA.

“When we say endurance, we are talking about something that gets your heart rate and your breathing rate up,” said Dr. Stagg, who prescribed 5 days of cardio, 30 to 60 minutes a day for 30 days.

“I expect she will start to see a more defined muscle mass,” Dr. Stagg said, “I think we can still include some degree of resistance training but maybe more in a way of using your body for resistance instead of using heavy weight training at a gym.”

It’s a polarizing twist to the workout Heather has followed for 20 years.

“It’s the fear of the unknown and entering that world but I’m willing to give it a try.”

Dr. Stagg added the DNA test is a key piece of the puzzle but they also use other laboratory testing to develop the personalized workout plan.

Most insurance companies do not cover the cost of $389 but a family income of under $150,000 can qualify for a $99 test.

For more information log onto www.wholehealthllc.com or call 860- 674-0111.

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