How Garmin’s Connect IQ System Benefits Moxy

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Fri, Sep 26, 2014 @ 13:09 PM

Garmin’s recent Connect IQ announcement is great news for Moxy. It represents another big step forward for making muscle oxygen data widely available for mainstream fitness applications. Connect IQ is supportive of our efforts to make sure Moxy data is always portable and easily accessible so our customers can input it into whatever fitness tracking and analysis applications they want.

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Topics: About Moxy and About Us

“Relative” vs "Absolute" Muscle Oxygenation Measurement: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Wed, Sep 24, 2014 @ 07:09 AM

 

One of the differentiating factors between Moxy and many of the other Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) devices on the market (both athletic and medical markets) is that Moxy measures SmO2 on an absolute scale from 0% to 100%. Many other devices can provide an indication of whether oxygenation goes up or down, but they provide no information about where the oxygenation is on the range between fully saturated and fully desaturated.

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Topics: About Moxy and About Us

Training Intensity Zones: Muscle Oxygen and the Limiting System

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Thu, May 8, 2014 @ 12:05 PM

In this post, I want to go beyond simply determining training intensity zones to determining what factor is limiting the performance intensity of the athlete.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Setting Training Intensity Zones: Muscle Oxygen

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Fri, Apr 4, 2014 @ 06:04 AM

In this post, I will discuss how Muscle Oxygen monitoring is used to determine training intensity zones, and how it compares to the other methods. Specifically, I will analyze how we use our Moxy Monitor device to determine training intensity zones. As you read on, keep in mind that I assume the goal of performing any physiologic assessment is to gain information which can be used to help the athlete train more effectively.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Training Intensity Zones: Functional Threshold Power

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Tue, Apr 1, 2014 @ 06:04 AM

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) has become a very popular method for setting training intensity zones among cyclists. FTP seems to overcome some of the drawbacks of the other methods for setting training intensity zones that I’ve discussed so far.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Determining Training Intensity Zones: Lactate Threshold

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 @ 05:03 AM

This is probably the single topic in this blog series on determining training intensity zones which is going to stir up the most controversy.  I’ll start with a quick summary so you know where I’m headed with this, and then I’ll go into some more details. First a quick reminder: I’m an engineer trying to learn exercise physiology. As such, I don’t claim to be an expert, just an interested outsider.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Determining Training Intensity Zones: VO2 Max

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 12:03 PM

Here is the fourth post in my series on determining training intensity zones. Today’s topic focuses on using VO2 max to define training intensity zones for an individual athlete.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Determining Training Intensity Zones: Maximum Heart Rate

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 @ 06:03 AM

This is the third post in my series on determining training intensity zones.  The topic of this post is using Maximum Heart Rate to define training intensity zones for an individual athlete.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Determining Training Intensity Zones: Rating of Perceived Exertion

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 @ 11:03 AM

Rating of Perceived Exertion (RPE) is the simplest method for setting training intensity zones. Essentially, the athlete self-reports how hard they are exercising. It is inherently subjective, since there is no way to externally verify what the athlete is feeling.

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Topics: Zones and Other Metrics

Using Moxy for Walking and Running [Infographic]

Posted by Roger Schmitz on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 @ 09:03 AM

Muscle Oxygenation dynamics precisely reflect changes in muscular metabolism and can be used to guide different exercise sessions. The purpose of Moxy during endurance training is to help the user achieve and maintain a training intensity that reflects the desired profile of improvement.

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Topics: Training