Here at Athlete Blood Test, we analyze many professional and elite athletes’ blood several times a year. Sometimes we even analyze their blood a few times during a season.
The offseason is also a critical time period, as it sets the tone for your full training and competition cycle. It also establishes a baseline and when combined with repeat testing helps determine what is normal for you.
Athletes and their blood constantly change from day to day, workout to workout. As we follow athletes through seasons and years, we look for variations associated with environmental factors. Some examples include training volume, training intensity, nutritional changes, life stressors, overall physical and mental health, natural aging, digestive issues, supplement intake, sleep, sun exposure, and even personal relationships.
This is a highly tailored approach that is unique in the marketplace and the following are just some of the things you can expect:
- Check your nutrition. As you undoubtedly know, good nutrition is essential for all the body processes that support us as athletes—from muscle action, bone growth, metabolism, and hormones. How do you know if you are deficient in nutrients? It might be fatigue, illness, reduced power output, or just a drop in mood or motivation. An Athlete Blood Test helps you make sure you are getting enough of the right stuff to feel and perform your best.
- Check your training and recovery. When it comes to training, more isn’t always better. Rest and recovery allow you to build muscle, strengthen bone, and increase aerobic capacity. Specific biomarkers (for example, cortisol and white blood cells) let us know if you are training too much and recovering too little. Back off, and you’ll see performance gains and potentially fewer injuries, fewer illnesses, and hopefully added enjoyment.
- Understand your body over time. Periodic testing can give you a more accurate picture of your unique biomarker levels and how changes to your nutrition, training, and recovery impact those levels, as well as how you feel and perform. Monitoring can help you track your fitness progress over time—how by working on the “inside,” you can feel and see the difference on the outside, whether through faster times, heavier weights, increased power output, or more laughter.
- Get knowledge specific to you as an ATHLETE. Athletes are different, and your blood tests and analysis should be too. Routine blood tests (like the ones you get at your physician) are based on “population-based” data. They look at your blood biomarkers and whether they are indicative of a medical problem or disease. An Athlete Blood Test looks at your blood biomarkers (for example, iron, B12, Vitamin D) and whether they are in ideal ranges for athletic performance. For a brief video on the Athlete Blood Test methodology, go to https://www.athletebloodtest.com/athlete-blood-test-methodology-explained/.
- Get recommendations tailored to YOU as a unique athlete. When looking for a blood test for athletes, it is crucial to make sure that the analysis you get is individualized. Every athlete is remarkable. Each of you got involved in your sport for different reasons and from different backgrounds. Your “why” is important: your genetics, your lived story, and your goals/purpose/dreams influence how you approach the sport. As a result, you will have individualized variances in blood biomarker levels, as well as how your body responds to efforts to change these levels. Real people (yes, actual humans) at Athlete Blood Test look at you as an individual and provide unique recommendations regarding fueling, training, and recovery.
Take advantage of this offseason by capturing a baseline on your biomarkers to get all the information you need to plan your best season!
Contact us at [email protected] and one of our consultants will walk you through our full process and answer any questions that you may have.