Introduction. Over the last few weeks a case study of 5 weeks of high intensity interval training has been completed. To refresh your memory, the athlete, a well-trained cyclist, completed five consecutive weeks of 5-10 reps of 30-40s at ~600w (30-60s rest). The athlete was able to complete at least 5 intervals per training session, however during workout 4 only 5 intervals were completed and there was a large discrepancy in how well the athlete could desaturate leading to a truncated workout, and ultimately and much better workout the following week. In this post I want to touch on some things to be aware of as a coach using Moxy, as well as some practical applications using the data. These applications will include recommendations for warm-ups, knowing when to stop an athlete’s workout.
While science does a great job of measuring the statistical norms of a population, the individual physiologic response to training must be taken into account in order to maximize an athlete’s performance potential. Training autoregulation is the concept that training should be monitored and manipulated on a daily basis, based on the individual physiologic responses of the athlete. In the last blog post I introduced the concept of autoregulation and how monitoring skeletal muscle oxygenation levels via NIRS could provide useful insights to how an athlete is coping with a workout. In the next couple of posts I want to walk through the analysis/real-time monitoring of an athlete completing a repeated sprint style workout, and a lunge based body weight strength circuit.