Your speed and power capabilities influence your ability to move explosively. There are two distinct physiological components that influence speed and power:
- Anaerobic Metabolism is your body’s ability to produce energy faster than it can deliver oxygen to your cells. This includes activities that require your maximum intensity for up to 120 s. In these situations, your muscles rely on fuel sources found in muscle cells to rapidly produce large amounts of energy. This rapid burst of energy is limited and can quickly cause your muscles to fatigue.
- Your Neuromuscular System is the network of muscle fibers and nerves, that allow your body to move and control the timing and duration of your muscle contractions. This system is integral to power, speed, and strength orientated tasks like throwing, sprinting, and weightlifting.
Variation in the genes that influence anaerobic metabolism and neuromuscular systems can significantly alter speed and power performance. The ALTIS Sport Performance Report gives insights into six genetic traits related to speed and power.
The genetic markers found in the speed/power section of the report have been the focus of substantial research with elite athletes in sports where power and speed skills are required.
Learn how your genetics affect your speed and power, and get expert recommendations from the Olympic-level coaches at ALTIS with the ALTIS Sport Performance Report.