| | | PA Radio – Episode 121: Dr. Dan Reardon

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Discover your genetic potential.

This week we welcome Dr. Dan Reardon of the burgeoning genetic testing company, Fitness Genes.  As is tradition at Power Athlete, we are constantly trying to introduce you to new ways to empower your performance and this episode is certainly no exception.

Listen in as we dive into a discussion with Dr. Reardon about the benefits of having your genetics tested.  As we discover, we are genetically predisposed to respond to certain foods in different ways as well as respond to varying training protocols differently.  These two factors being massively influential in our performance, Dan explains how we can manipulate both to excel all thanks to simple genetic testing.

Although this chat turned out to be a long one, it is not without fascinating practical application.  We reveal John and Luke’s test results and find out just what they’re made of, literally. Also, we’ll give you the details on how to undergo your own genetic testing through Fitness Genes.



Get your genetic testing done by visiting FitnessGenes.  For just about $199 you’ll be able to stop making assumptions about your diet and training and start trusting the science.

You can find Co-Founder of Fitness Genes, Dr. Dan Reardon on instagram or by following FitnessGenes. We are looking forward to having Dan on again as the rest of our results trickle in.

Stay tuned to next week when we welcome Rob Miller, author and designer of the Map of Athletic Performance.

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John Welbourn is CEO of Power Athlete and Fuse Move. He is also creator of the online training phenomena, Johnnie WOD. He is a 9 year veteran of the NFL. John was drafted with the 97th pick in 1999 NFL Draft and went on to be a starter for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1999-2003, appearing in 3 NFC Championship games, and for starter for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2004-2007. In 2008, he played with the New England Patriots until an injury ended his season early with him retiring in 2009. Over the course of his career, John has started over 100 games and has 10 play-off appearances. He was a four year lettermen while playing football at the University of California at Berkeley. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric in 1998. John has worked with the MLB, NFL, NHL, Olympic athletes and Military. He travels the world lecturing on performance and nutrition for Power Athlete. You can catch up with John as his personal blog on training, food and life, Talk To Me Johnnie and at Power Athlete.


  1. kandisack on October 8, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    So will this be able to tell how quick and explosive i should be able to be?

  2. orion on October 11, 2015 at 8:51 pm

    Cali – Two good points you brought up that didn’t get fully addressed:

    1. Can gene SNPs affect behavior? Yes. For example, mutations in the BHMT gene may play a role in ADD/ADHD by affecting norepinephrine levels. The MAO and COMT genes influence the metabolism of catecholamines – so mutations may produce anxiety, anger, etc. Mutations to GAD genes can lead to being prone to depression or anxiety disorders.

    2. Can lifestyle habits overpower the results of genetic testing? Yes. John mentioned this at the top of the show with the testosterone example. The presence of SNPs does not mean that there is a problem in the indicated pathway. The absence of a SNP does not mean that that the pathway is working normally. The mutations may or may not be expressing in you, which is why it’s so important to consult with someone who understands how to put together all the genetic pieces. Treat the person, not the SNPs.

    Great episode. Cool to hear info on using genes specifically for athletic performance.

  3. Elliott S. on October 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    And sweet Gattaca picture.

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