The muscles in your body are essential for every movement you make, every function your body performs and for overall survival. When it comes to something as important as your muscles, it is important that you consider every aspect that may impact how they function and develop. One of those aspects is your genetic profile.
When it comes to training, every single type of exercise requires your muscles to generate movement. In addition to movement, exercise requires the muscles of the heart and lungs to pump blood and oxygen into the body. Your genetic profile plays a role in numerous aspects of your fitness profile. It helps to determine how you respond to exercise, how long it takes you to recover and improve your muscle profile.
So, what exactly do we mean by your muscle profile? FitwellgxTM+ looks at four different components that make part of your muscle profile. This includes muscle strength, muscle size (mass), how your muscles respond to resistance training and whether you are likely to have more slow or fast-twitch muscle fibers.
Muscle strength refers to the maximum amount of force that your muscles can exert against a form of resistance. This type of resistance can come in various forms such as free weights, weight machines, resistance bands as well as your own body weight. Muscle size or muscle mass refers to the physical size of the muscle. It is important to remember that muscle size and strength do not necessarily go together. For example, someone who has muscles that appear to be large might not necessarily be strong.
Muscle response to resistance training looks at whether you are predisposed to gaining muscle in response to this type of training. Resistance training is any type of exercise that requires a muscle or muscle group to act against a form of resistance. This type of training not only improves your strength but also increases bone mineral density and improves blood flow throughout the body.
Lastly, muscle profile shows whether you may have more slow or fast-twitch muscle fibers. Fast-twitch muscle fibers support quick explosive movements such as sprinting and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Whereas slow-twitch muscle fibers support prolonged forms of endurance training such as long-distance running and cycling.
Having all of this information empowers you with the knowledge you need to tailor your training plan, not only according to your goals but also according to your genetic training responses. To find out more about your muscle profile, make the better choice and choose to do FitwellgxTM+ test today!
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