Based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Athletigen Technologies Inc., is a DNA testing and analysis company for athletes. It offers a variety of DNA testing, with a focus on improving your health and wellness. Customers can either upload an already taken test data or order a DNA kit from the company. Here are some of the options:

Athletigen DNA Kit +  Free Welcome Report — $174.99

Order the test online. 

The DNA kit ships within one to two business days. Shipping takes three to five business days in the United States. Each DNA kit includes a return shipping label to send your DNA sample back to the lab.

Results take about six to eight weeks after the lab has received your sample. This is the same time frame as many of the big companies, like AncestryDNA. 

Fuel. Perform. Restore: Your Cosmopolitan Report — Free

This test helps people better understand how their individual body responds to nutrition, how you can perform at a higher level with insight from your DNA, and what helps your body recover after a workout.

ALTIS Sport Performance Report by Athletigen & ALTIS — $79.99

This report is made in partnership with ALTIS head coach Dan Pfaff. ALTIS is an elite training place for elite track and field athletes, as well as coaches. 

The report is about 35 pages long, looking at 50 markers that influence 22 sports and performance traits, including the following:

  • Body temperature change
  • Cardiovascular performance
  • Cellular energy
  • Hydration and electrolytes
  • Muscle growth and adaptation
  • Muscular adaptation
  • Muscular energy and metabolism
  • Oxygen carrying capacity
  • Response to caffeine
  • VO2 Max

Mobility WOD Optimum Movement and Recovery — $79.99

  • DNA Kit + Report  — $219.99
  • Report only - $79.99

This report is a partnership Between Athletigen and Mobility WOD. Dr. Kelly Starrett collaborated on this project to understand the best way that your body recovers from injury and moves to help prevent injury. The ultimate report will be about 30 pages, with 70 amalyzed markers analyze providing insight into 25 individual traits. Results include the following: 

  • 40 hours of video training
  • Bone health
  • Exercise recovery
  • Injury risk
  • Joint health
  • Muscular health
  • Sleep hygiene

Athletigen Nutrition Report — $69.99

This report will help you understand how your DNA influences your body's response to diet nutrition and food in general. It will look at traits that show how you react to over 40 nutrients and whether you need more or less of them to be healthy. 

Both reports will be about 40 pages for each customer. More than 100 markers are analyzed to provide insight into 30 physical traits. 

Your report will cover the following sections: 

  • Vitamins
  • Minerals 
  • Macronutrients
  • Diet sensitivities

Athletigen Athletic Report — $64.99

This report will be approximately 60 pages in length, with more than 100 DNA markers analyzed to provide insight into 40 traits. Report topics will include: 

  • Power vs. endurance traits
  • Strength and hypertrophy
  • Speed and power
  • Injury risks
  • Other training influences
  • Exercise recovery
  • Sleep hygiene
  • Hormones
  • Sports psychology

Athletigen Wellness Report — $59.99

This report analyzes more than 40 genetic markers to help understand 32 biological traits. The report will cover several topics: 

  • Aging health
  • Bone health
  • Joint health 
  • Metabolic health
  • Vitamins and minerals
  • Muscular health
  • Diet sensitivities
  • Sleep health and wellbeing

Welcome Report — $19.99

This report will be about 35 pages in length. It analyzes 40 different markers to understand better 19 traits covering the following topics: 

  • Sleep health
  • Exercise recovery
  • Speed and power
  • Vitamins 

Now that we have offered a basic outline of Athletigen's offerings, let's move on to discussing pros and cons of choosing Athletigen's DNA testing products and services.

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The Good

  • Cheek Swab Sample
  • Raw Data Upload
  • Data and Privacy

Cheek Swab Sample

If you order a testing kit from Athletigen, note that the kit comes with an easy-to-do cheek swab sample. This type of test is often easier to administer for people who have a hard time with dry mouth or spitting. 

Raw Data Upload

If you have already taken a DNA test you can upload raw DNA data files to the Athletigen website. This testing company accepts file uploads from AncestryDNA (all versions) and 23andMe (versions 1-4, 5 may have some mission sections due to the different markers analyzed). 

You can upload your DNA data and get the Welcome report for free when you make an Athletigen account. 

Data and Privacy

Athletigen uses several security measures to keep your data private. It is also HIPPA compliant.

The Bad

  • Limited Starter Options
  • Not a Substitute for Medical Advice
  • Kit Cost
  • 23andMe Version 5 Compatibility
  • Refund Policy

Limited Starter Options

If you want an Athletigen report, and don't already have your DNA data, you should know that there are limited options when buying your starter kit from this company. 

You have to start with the welcome kit or the Optimum Movement and Recovery. So, if you are aiming for the Nutrition test, you will have to wait till after your results are ready to order the additional report, but it shouldn't take much longer because your DNA has already been genotyped. 

Not a Substitute for Medical Advice

While some DNA testing services partner with health care providers, this company states: 

"The Athletigen Services are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your doctor or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have about a medical condition or regarding your physical or mental health and wellness. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on Athletigen’s website or information that is mentioned, provided or recommended as part of Athletigen’s Services. If you experience any pain or difficulty with exercise or diet, stop and consult your healthcare provider. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately."

Kit Cost

If you haven't already had your DNA sequenced by a big company, you might consider that the Athletigen branded kit takes just as long as Ancestry or 23andME, but the entry level kit costs $174.99. 

You can do the entry-level Ancestry kit for $99 and get access to all of Ancestry's ethnicity information, which is continuously updated and gives access to DNA matches. Additionally, 23andMe offers its basic kit for a similar price. 

23andMe Version 5 Compatibility

If you're uploading data instead of ordering a new DNA kit, you should know that the 23andMe version 5 testing raw DNA data won't give a full report. You can upload it, but it doesn't have all of the markers listed to provide the full report. 

Refund Policy

You can return your Athletigen testing kit; however, a full refund isn't available. Customers will get a 50 percent refund less shipping costs if the kit is returned unused with a receipt. The timeframe is 30 days from the date your order shipped. 

The Bottom Line

Athletigen is a performance tool for athletes looking to better understand their body and what it needs for optimal performance. You can upload raw DNA data to get a report or you can order a DNA testing kit to get the job done. Processing time is just about average and pricing is a bit high for the entry-level kit, but depending on which of the specialty reports you have your eye on, this could be a good deal. For example, the exclusive ALTIS and MobilityWOD collaborations are not available anywhere else. 

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