We have just updated the Fitness & Freshness graph with the ability to choose a custom date range. This new feature will allow coaches and athletes to monitor an athlete’s form during a longer period of time, for example, during the entire season, with dates you are free to choose.
The Fitness & Freshness graph is used to monitor an athlete form and physical condition. The input data to the graph is biker power and heart rate data. The training load is measured by the Training Load metric when used with bike power data and by the TRIMP score when the data come from heart rate monitors.
The Training Load and the TRIMP score are metrics that summarise and provide a stress score coming from training. These metrics measure the volume of a certain workout by taking into account the time spent and the bike power and heart rate data.
For athletes, overtraining is a problem as much as not training enough. To improve sports performance we need to stress our body and push our limits. At the same time, too much stress risks to break ourselves with injuries and stress related issues.
A good coach is able to administer and monitor the workout load of the activities in order to push the athletes to better results and outcome. This work requires a delicate act of balance between stress and rest. The Fitness & Freshness graph is one of the tools that allows coaches and athletes to monitor their training load and balance.
There are many ways that technology can add variety to your routine. In addition to our free app, ErgData, there are a number of apps that connect with the Performance Monitor 5 (PM5) via Bluetooth and ANT+. (If you have a PM2, PM3 or PM4, there still are a few options to consider which may require a cable or other additional device. The PM5 can also be retrofitted to all models.)
While these apps are not developed, serviced or supported by Concept2, we’re excited to share these details because we know that the features and functions interest athletes of all abilities. We will continue to share our favorites via social media, so follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Selfloops is an innovative company at the intersection of sports performance and fitness. Selfloops offers an advanced platform for coaches, gyms and athletes to track and analyze sports performance, both indoors and outdoors.
Selfloops Group Fitness Premium (for Group Training)
The Selfloops Group Fitness Premium application supports the ANT+ standard and it can track multiple heart rate monitors, and real-time workout data coming from multiple PM5s on the Concept2 RowErg, SkiErg and BikeErg. It’s widely used in rowing clubs, CrossFit boxes and gyms in 46 countries. With the Group Fitness service, coaches can monitor their class(es) and train people according to their fitness intensity zones. The integration of real-time data and post-workout advanced analytics is what makes Selfloops unique.
What people really like is that all the metrics can be tracked and shown on a large screen. This keeps motivation high and helps users reach their fitness goals. During a training session, a coach can easily check the screen and see who might need to push harder and who might need to slow down. Data “tiles” represent PM5 data—one for each user/PM5—and can be color-coded based on heart rate zones, power zones, cadence/stride zones or according to a target metric such as distance and Calories.
Selfloops is continuously innovating and pushing what is possible using the latest technologies. The latest innovation is Selfloops Streams that provides live streaming of video and data. With this new service, gyms can train their clients, track their performance from a distance, keeping them engaged and motivated.
Selfloops Spark (for Individuals)
The Selfloops Spark app is the only Apple Watch application that allows you to track your workouts with Concept2 RowErgs, SkiErgs and BikeErgs. The optical heart rate sensor of the Apple Watch is used to track your heart rate. You can also see different metrics on your Apple Watch like power, strokes per minute and more. After the workout, the data is synced automatically to the Apple HealthKit and the Selfloops website. It is also possible to automatically synchronize your workouts with the Concept2 Online Logbook.
The Selfloops motto is, “you can only improve what you measure” and the company is committed to providing the tools to coaches, gyms and athletes to track and analyze their sport performances.
On Saturday, May 2 at 18.00 Italian time (5pm in London, 12pm New York, 9am San Francisco, 1pm Rio de Janeiro) the professional cyclist Mattia Vielwill train in a Live Streaming session open to all amateur and pro cyclists.