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Our understanding of wellbeing has changed dramatically in the last decade, with new cutting-edge monitoring technologies, innovative training methods and the very latest discoveries in our own human genome. The CoachBar is where you will find it all. It provides you with a concierge-style personalised coaching and it allows you to look deeper into your body and how it operates.

Recognising a gap between traditional fitness classes and science, Dr. Theo Koutroukides, a biotechnology scientist, hand-picked a series of tests to help you discover more about how you are “programmed”. Your strengths and weaknesses (Genetics),  your ability to move in a specific way (Biomechanics) and to track how your body is changing (Body Composition).

We put the power of personal genetics in your hands, helping you reach your fitness and nutrition goals on the most personal level possible. Guided by a simple saliva swab, the CoachBar Genetics test reveals everything from your response to power and endurance exercise and recovery, to a detailed breakdown of your macro and micronutrient needs.
Learn about the genes we test for:
Glutathione Peroxidase-1

Glutathione peroxidase is one of the most important antioxidant enzymes in humans. Its main function is to detoxify hydrogen peroxide, a toxic by-product of a number of reactions. GPX1 is a selenium-containing enzyme, and as such the version of GPX1 gene an individual has can alter their selenium needs.

TT – Reduced enzyme activity. Increase selenium intake to 105mcg per day.
CT – Moderately reduced enzyme activity. Ensure selenium intake reaches 90mcg per day.
CC – Good activity of the enzyme.
Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

Angiotensin I-converting enzyme is a small enzyme that plays an important role in blood pressure regulation and electrolyte balance. Its activity leads to blood vessel constriction and increased blood pressure. The variation tested is the Insertion (I)/Deletion (D) variation in which a piece of DNA is either present or deleted from the gene. – the I allele is associated with lower ACE activity. This is the most researched gene in relation to sporting performance.

DD – Power based training recommended. Good muscle growth expected from weight training and strength sports. Good muscle recovery. Ensure blood pressure is monitored during high intensity exercise. Effect increased in conjunction with AGT C-allele.

The D variation may increase sensitivity to refined carbohydrates and lead to reduced insulin sensitivity, this effect is aggravated in overweight individuals. The negative effects of the D variant on insulin sensitivity may be ameliorated by regular exercise.

ID – Mixture of power and endurance based training recommended.

The D variation may increase sensitivity to refined carbohydrates and lead to reduced insulin sensitivity, this effect is aggravated in overweight individuals. The negative effects of the D variant on insulin sensitivity may be ameliorated by regular exercise.

II – Endurance sports and high repetition weight training programmes recommended. Carriers have an increased volume of slow twitch muscle fibres and have greater aerobic efficiency and VO2max.

The I allele is associated with lower ACE activity which is not associated with increased sensitivity to refined carbohydrates.

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We are all different, and a part of this difference is a result of our genetic profile. Genetically, there are the differences that we all see, such as eye and hair colour, but there are also the differences we don’t see, how we metabolise nutrients for example, the way we deal with toxins and how well we react to different types of exercise.

These differences define our individuality, who we are.

Genes don’t work alone. And they don’t determine everything about us. Our genes interact with our environment – and modifying the environment modifies our phenotype – the way we are. For example, a light skin person, which genetically has little eumelanin pigmentation, will only suffer from sunburn if he or she stays in the sun too long. Because we are in control over our exercise and nutrition choices, we therefore can work to create the best phenotype for our lifestyle.
The CoachBar Genetics test focuses on these two realms of genetic science – Exercise Genomics & Nutrigenomics, with the aim of helping you train and eat the way that works best for you, and you alone.
Biomechanics

SOMA House adhere to the UK Data Protection Act and with our strict code of practice and industry-leading scientific standards, you can be sure that your reports are accurate and that your data is always protected.

Connect to your core.

The CoachBar Biomechanics test is a mini sports science lab. It doesn’t do everything you would see in a normal lab, but it does share many features and technologies. Using a series of physical tests that have been developed and recognised by sports scientists, we are able to assess your overall fitness level and offer a better understanding on the way you move, irrespective of the physical activity you do.
The CoachBar Biomechanics test doesn’t measure how good you are at a specific sport, it measures your main core skills, and allows you to discover how physically fit you are. These measurements are therefore “non-sports specific”. That means that whether you are a ballet dancer or a rugby player, you share the same core skills.
These are motor sensory control, muscular strength and endurance, speed ability, cardiovascular health and recovery.

An important fitness factor that is often ignored in the gym, is improving motor sensory control. This is a technical term used to describe your body’s ability to react to the three sensors it uses in maintaining balance. The body controls its position through the eyes, inner ear and muscle-nerve receptors called proprioceptors. As we age, our ability to balance decreases. This can be exacerbated by living a sedentary lifestyle where motor sensory control is not challenged on a regular basis. Good motor sensory control not only helps avoid injuries, but it also helps us perform better at sport (e.g. maintain balance whilst kicking a ball, or conquering that elusive Padangustasana/Toe Stand in Hot Detox 26). Therefore, balance exercises are just as important to maintain overall physical fitness as any other exercises.

Muscular strength is important at all ages. Lack of upper body strength can lead to various age related diseases such as sarcopenia and osteoporosis which can lead to health issues. Many of us exercise to increase our upper body strength. The upper body strength test can help measure how effectively you are increasing you upper body strength.

The lower body strength test can help measure how effectively you are increasing you lower body strength. There are many ways to measure muscle strength and each has their advantages. For practical reasons, we calculate lower body strength from the Jump test.

Most sports require some degree of speed ability. Speed ability helps all games players to move into position or get away from opponents quickly. However, speed ability is not the same as agility which is often confused. Speed ability is usually considered as how fast we can move our bodies over a fixed distance. Measuring this can be a bit more complicated as it is difficult to maintain the same speed throughout the entire running distance. For example, during running, there is an acceleration phase, then a maintenance phase in which maximum speed is achieved and then a fatigue phase where the maximum speed can no longer be maintained. These phases vary with the distance run and personal ability.

We measure your speed ability by employing an alternative measure known as the STEP test. This test requires you to run on the spot as fast as possible for 30 seconds. This eliminates the first phase of accelerating the body to maximum speed.

One of the most popular methods of measuring cardiovascular fitness is by measuring how quickly your heart recovers after performing hard physical exercise. The fitter your cardiovascular system is, the quicker your heart recovers from the exertion. The most common test is the one minute Heart Rate Recovery test (HRR). We perform this test immediately after the STEP test as your heart rate should be at its maximum. HRR is calculated by measuring the heart rate immediately after the step test and then again 60 seconds later. The difference between the two readings provides the HRR result.

CASE STUDY:
Michael O., 41 YEARS OLD

Michael is a City runner who has recently joined SOMA to improve his fitness and shed some body fat in the process.

The CoachBar Biomechanics measurements support Michael’s claims as a runner. His lower body endurance is his best result, followed closely by lower body strength, balance and cardiovascular fitness.

From the results, we can see that Michael’s focus area should be around his upper body strength (Elementals Earth) and endurance (TRX Endurance). Also, Michael’s explosive power and speed ability falls below the average and may require attention (Barre for Athlete).

100 is age/gender average

Know thyself.

The CoachBar Body Composition test gives you a detailed breakdown of what your body is made of. Going beyond your bathroom scale, the test breaks down your body into four components: fat, lean body mass, minerals, and body water. It also describes weight more accurately than BMI.
The CoachBar Body Composition test can accurately track changes in fat mass, muscle mass and body fat percentage. It will also offer validation, encouragement and, if necessary, optimisation, so you know all the work you put into your training translates directly to achieving  your goal.
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