Are some people predisposed to enjoy exercise while others are destined to struggle? The answer could be buried deep within a person’s genetic makeup.
For the past two years, engineering students have been among the more than 1,600 UAB students participating in a groundbreaking study that seeks to determine how a person’s genetic makeup could alter the body’s response to exercise and diet interventions.
A team of interdisciplinary scientists from UAB is spearheading the TIGER (Training Interventions & Genetics of Exercise Response) Study, a five-year project that is investigating the influence of variation in DNA sequence on body fat and fitness.
Participating students are tested before and after participating in a 30-week exercise program. The study is one of the few of its kind in the United States.