Training at altitude with CHASKi

The benefits of altitude training Altitude training is common practice among endurance athletes seeking to improve performance. It is generally performed at > 2,000 meters (> 6,560 ft) above sea level and induces a series of physiological adaptations, such as increased production of red blood cells and hemoglobin, which improve the body’s ability to transport and utilize oxygen. These adaptations generate improved …

Protocol for ventilatory threshold determination test

Our test is maximal and stepwise, starting with a 3-minute warm-up at 50 watts, then ramping up to 100 watts with 20 watt increments every 80 seconds until exhaustion. You can download this protocol for Zwift at the following link. To load it in your Zwift session, you must access in your computer to Documents/Zwift/Workouts/###### …

Does it make any difference how you train?

This recent systematic review evaluated the use of different training methodologies, considering training intensity distribution (TID) as the key factor to optimising performance in middle and long-distance runners. The study included 20 articles and determined that the literature recognizes 3 predominant types of TID, which can be subdivided into polarized, pyramidal and threshold models. The …

Did you know that all people who train based on their thresholds increase their VO2max?

Among the components of the exercise prescription, intensity is arguably the most important. If the intensity is too low, there may be no effect after training and if the intensity is too high it can lead to overtraining. The traditional way of prescribing exercise has been based on percentages of heart rate reserve (HRR) or …