Assessment - Occlusion Response to Strength Training

Posted by Phil Batterson on Sat, Oct 12, 2019 @ 08:10 AM

Skeletal muscle oxygenation response during training/assessments can give great insights to how the body is responding to the stimulus it is encountering. Over the past posts I have outlined how Moxy can be used to Autoregulate Sprint Interval Training and Strength Training, in this post I want to detail a Strength Assessment used/created by Evan Peikon at Training Think Tank to determine the best rep ranges for strength and hypertrophy based on your individual physiology using Moxy. The goal. The goal of the strength assessment is to evaluate where different occlusion trends are occurring. By honing in on what intensity an athletes’ body shifts from compression, to venous, and venous to arterial occlusion, you can better understand which weight ranges will most likely provide the physiologic adaptations that are being pursued.

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Topics: strength training

Case Study 2: Using Moxy to Dictate Power Training, Sets, Reps, and Recovery

Posted by Phil Batterson on Fri, Feb 1, 2019 @ 18:02 PM

We have recently explored the benefits of strength training as well as outlining how to implement strength training for endurance athletes. In the last blog post we explored how Moxy can be used to dictate an endurance/hypertrophy strength session. In this post I want to provide another case study, as to how I am currently using my Moxy Monitor to dictate my power-based weight lifting sessions. The strength training session was completed on Jan. 23th, and consisted of 4 sets of 15-20 reps of dumbbell snatches, lunge jumps, quick band rows, weighted oblique twists, and 4-6 reps of deadlift with 3-5min rest. The goal of the workout was to push SmO2, (moxy on right v.lateralis) as low as possible within the 15-20reps, as well as maintain top speed of movement (power), then recover, until SmO2 reached enhanced recovery, which means that SmO2 remained steady above baseline recovery.

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Topics: strength training

Case Study 1: Using Moxy to Dictate Strength Training, Sets, Reps, and Recovery

Posted by Phil Batterson on Fri, Jan 18, 2019 @ 09:01 AM

In the last blog post, we explored the benefits of strength training as well as outlining how to implement strength training for endurance athletes. In this post I want to provide a personal case study, as to how I am currently using my Moxy Monitor to dictate an endurance/hypertrophy-based weight lifting session. The first weight training session was completed on Dec. 24th, and consisted of 4 sets of 15-20 reps of lunges, renegade rows, Body weight squats, and weighted lunges with 30-90s rest. You can find the heart rate details on TrainingPeaks - here. The goal of the workout was to push SmO2, (with the Moxy on the right v.lateralis) as low as possible within the 15-20reps then recover, until SmO2 reached a peak and started to come back down. 

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Topics: warm up, strength training

Improving Endurance Performance by Strength Training

Posted by Phil Batterson on Fri, Jan 4, 2019 @ 16:01 PM

Consistent training is one of the hallmarks to success in most sports. This is especially true for endurance sports that require hours of repeated movements to elicit the necessary adaptations for an athlete to excel on race day. When injury occurs, athletes are left sidelined and unable to participate in the sport they love and have invested so much time into. The prevalence of injuries related to overuse in endurance sports is extremely high. With conservative estimations predicting that (19%) of runners [van der Worp et al. 2015], (11.5%) of cyclist [Dettori and Norvell 2006], and (~20%) of triathletes [Zwingenberger et al. 2013], will be injured each year. While there aren’t any promises of a magic pill that could get rid of injuries forever, one simple thing, that most, if not all endurance athletes should be doing regularly is strength training (ST).

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Topics: strength training