Functional Training Zones

The Importance of Wearables, Data, and Energy Systems Development

Today's consumer is at the center of an explosion of wearable devices marketed toward meeting health and fitness goals. However, not everyone is using this technology to their advantage. Not only can you help your clients understand the benefits of wearable technology, but you can also use this data to develop insights into your clients' habits and further customize their training.

At EXOS, we use data to track what our clients do and how much they do it. With this information, we're better able to serve our clients and quantify the impact of different programs. One of the best ways to do this is by using wearable technology to determine Energy Systems Development programming. Unlike steady-state cardio, Energy Systems Development uses interval training to upgrade fitness levels.

While there are a variety of assessments we can use to influence Energy Systems Development programming, a few that we use often are the MAS test, a staged assessment protocol, and a max sprint speed test. With the exception of the max sprint speed test, which only requires a stopwatch to measure time, each of these is performed with the client wearing a heart rate monitor, a watch, or a smartphone to track heart rate.

The MAS test measures how far a client can get in six minutes. This test is done on a rower, bike, elliptical, VersaClimber, or track. In the staged assessment protocol, the client performs two-minute stages starting at 3/10 rate of perceived exertion, increasing one rate of perceived exertion every two minutes up to 10/10 rate of perceived exertion. This can be done on a track, gym equipment, or using the 40-yard shuttle. We use max sprint speed testing only with our competitive athletes. The most common test is a 40-yard sprint where we can calculate miles per hour or meters per second.

Within these tests there are certain data points that are measured to help us create Energy Systems Development zones for our clients. We can rerun these test over time to ensure that we're using data to optimize our clients' performance.

Interested in learning more about wearables, data, and performance? We've teamed up with Intel to provide added value to future Intel-based fitness products and develop industry education programs to help fitness professionals maximize the impact of their clients' wearable data. We currently offer two course, and a third course is in progress.

The first course, EXOS Presents: Using Data to Help Facilitate Recovery, looks at how data can influence recovery and focuses on defining what performance capabilities, stress load, functional state, and performance outcomes are, and matching regeneration strategies to mitigate a fatigued functional state. The second course helps you design Energy Systems Development programs using a systematic approach. You'll learn how to use data to quantify and qualify the work being done, ensuring your clients are constantly improving. Sign up now for this two course bundle and SAVE 15%.

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