In Part 1: Creating a Proper Warm-up the principles of a proper warm-up were discussed as well as a simple FTP based warm-up model which allows for the creation of a simple, effective warm-up. A warm-up should leave an athlete feeling invigorated, and prepared both mentally and physically for the hard work ahead, whether that be a race or tough workout.
Topics: warm up
The purpose of a warm-up is simple: to prepare for the workout or race in the best way possible. A warm-up should leave an athlete feeling invigorated, and prepared both mentally and physically for the hard work ahead. Physiologically, a warm-up literally increases body temperature, allowing for a number of benefits which can lead to enhanced sprint times, jump heights, and time to exhaustion during maximal aerobic exercise (Bishop 2003). The proposed reasons as to why increasing body temperature can lead to better performance are: 1) Increasing power output through accelerating metabolic reactions; 2) allowing muscle and tendons to become more pliable through a decrease in viscoelasticity; and 3) allowing for oxygen to be off-loaded from hemoglobin more readily to active muscle (Bishop 2003). With this in mind one of the main purposes of a proper warm-up should be to increase body temperature without increasing it too much. Unfortunately, many athletes get to the starting line in an ill prepared manner, putting them at a disadvantage before the race has even started.
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Moxy and Training Peaks
For the past few years, leading endurance coaches and serious athletes have integrated Moxy’s Oxygen and Hemoglobin data into warm up, training, recovery and racing protocols with tremendous results. Realizing the value of Moxy data, these forward thinking men and women often created their own training workarounds whether engaging in-house or online.
I am extremely excited to officially announce the release of support for Moxy data in Training Peaks and WKO4+ software. This integration allows athletes and trainers to seamlessly share muscle oxygen data using an industry leading training platform.
This development is the next step in our strategy of expanding the availability of critical and accurate physiological data to an ever expanding base of users. Since our founding, we’ve taken the position that the Moxy data belongs to the athlete and should be leveraged in ways that are most effective for the athlete and by extension their coach.
Topics: Business of Training
In the first post of this series, Increasing Revenue: The ROI of Product & Services in the Fitness Training Market, we identified the simple truth that there are really only three ways to grow revenue:
- Increase the number of clients
- Increase prices
- Increase the number of products/services sold
As a result of that post, I had several discussions on how coaching and training clubs fill different niches and thought that, before we dive into the revenue side, we talk through what is called differentiation.
Topics: Business of Training
Denis Šketako is a Slovenian triathlete that Moxy has recently begun sponsoring. He has been using Moxy with his trainer, Sašo Rupnik, for the past two years. Here is a short email interview with Denis that tells us a little bit more about him and how Moxy fits into his training.
Denis also made a video that shows how he uses Moxy, which you can check out here.
1. How did you get interested in the sport of Triathlon, and at what distances do you compete?
I have been training for basketball at local club for 14 years, but I couldn’t see the opportunity for being a professional athlete in that environment, so I decided to find new challenges. Working as a lifeguard for a couple of years, I learned to swim pretty well. I also started with some recreational cycling. One day, the word “Ironman” randomly came to my attention, and I just couldn’t get it out of my mind. I got beaten by the curiosity and decided to give it a go. In 2011, I finished my first Ironman at the age of 21 in 10h 20min, and last year I finished it in 8h 27min.
There are many variations of Triathlon competitions, depending on the length of each discipline. I find my best performance at long distances, i.e. a full Ironman: 3.8 km swim + 180 km bike + 42 km run. To prepare for these races, I sometimes also compete in a half-distance Ironman called Ironman 70.3.
Moxy was the first muscle oxygen monitor developed specifically for athletes. Originally conceived as a possible solution for medical applications like Acute Compartment Syndrome, Peripheral Arterial Disease and Heart Failure, it has been on the market for over two years supporting trainers and athletes globally in their quest to improve sports performance. We’re starting to see competitive devices enter the market; a welcome sign of the market recognizing the usefulness of the technology for athletes. However, it does start to bring up questions about differences between these devices and the quality of their respective muscle oxygen metrics.
Topics: About Moxy and About Us
Earlier in January, we attended the National Strength and Conditioning Association Coaches Conference in San Antonio, Texas. Using NIRS for assessing the physiologic limiter and guiding the training of endurance athletes is becoming more broadly accepted; using NIRS for Strength and Conditioning Training is less established, but perhaps represents an even larger opportunity for the technology.
Endurance trainers and athletes are used to employing physiologic information like heart rate, blood lactate and VO2 to guide their training. However, these types of physiologic information have not typically provided useful information for S&C training, either because of the time lag between performance and measurement or because of limitations on the practicality of field use of the measurement.
Researchers and S&C trainers are now finding that NIRS provides useful information for guiding training, and that Moxy is a practical device to use in field testing. We’ve seen several applications starting to develop in this space. These include the following: