Wattbike Testing

 

Goal: To set your Heart rate and Power Training Zones, monitor changes in fitness and provide onging information about the effectivenss of your training workouts using scientific, comparable and reliable measures at times relevant to your training schedule. 

 

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Testing

3 Minute Aerobic Test

The 3 Minute Aerobic Test estimates your aerobic capacity, or put more simply, your ability to work consistently at moderate to high intensity for extended periods. It is important both for endurance cycling and for your general fitness. During this test we determine your average power (in watts) and your maximum heart rate which are then used to define your personal Training Zones. This test is a precursor to other tests (either repeat assessments or Ramp Tests) that you can use to track your progress throughout the season.

Test Details

Goal: To estimate your aerobic capacity. The absolute average power and maximum heart rate reached during the test are used to estimate your maximum minute power and maximum heart rate to calculate heart rate and power training zones.

Format & Content: 1hr session comprising: Set-up, 15mins warm up, 3 min Test, Cool-down & Email with HR & Power data for Heart Rate & Power training zones from Recovery (for Regeneration and recovery) through to Supra-maximal (for increasing sprint power output). 

 

10 Minute Progress Check

The 10 Minute Progress Check is a progress check of aerobic capacity (or put more simply, your ability to work consistently at moderate to high intensity for extended periods) using your 3  minute Aerobic Test to set the sub maximal level . It has the advantage of being less fatiguing than a maximal test and therefore has a shorter recovery period.

Regular progress checks are very helpful to track the effectiveness of your training plan in which improvement is usually shown by a progressively reducing heart rate for the same cadence/power output.

Test Details

Goal: To test your progress against your training goals in terms of your aerobic capacity.

Format & Content: 30min session using previous set-up information and comprising: 10mins warm up, 10 min Test, Cool-down & Email of progress.

 

Sub Maximal Ramp Test

The Sub Max. Ramp Test is a progressively increasing cycling test (Power increases every minute). This test measures aerobic capacity and has the added advantage of estimating maximum oxygen update (VO2max) using bodyweight (Kg), age and maximum minute power (obtained from the 3 Minute Aerobic Test), with +/- 6% accuracy when compared to direct measures.

Test Details

Goal: To measure your aerobic capacity. The average power achieved in  the final minute (macximum minute power) adn the maximum heart rate achieved during the test is used to estimate heart rate and power training zones.

Format & Content: 1hr session using previous set-up information from 3 Minute Aerobic Test. The test starts at 100W and ramps by 20W every minute, lasting 8-12 minutes to a maximum of 205W and 265W respectively. Comprises: 10mins warm up, 8-12 min Test, Cool-down & Email of progress.

 

20 Minute High % of Max Minute Power Test

The 20 Minute High Percentage of Maximum Minute Power Test is a test for experienced cyclists that is conducted at 75-80% of maximum minute power and measures improvement in sustaining a high percentage of maximal aerobic power. It is a progress check following on from the 3 Minute Aerobic Test.

Regular progress checks are very helpful to track the effectiveness of your training plan in which improvement is usually shown by a progressively reducing heart rate for the same cadence/power output.

Test Details

Goal: To test your progress against your training goals in terms of your improvement in sustaining a high percentage of maximal aerobic power.

Format & Content: 1hr session using previous set-up information and comprising: 10-15 mins warm up, 20 min Test, Cool-down & Email of progress.

 

Pedalling Technique Tests

One of the unique features of the Wattbike is the ability to monitor your pedalling technique as you ride. This is shown as a graph on the Wattbike Performance Computer - the Wattbike Force Curve or Polar graph. Good pedalling technique is fundamental to effective training and regular progress checks are very helpful to track the development of your technique.

Test Details

Goal: To assess (or monitor) your pedalling technique using the key measures of: Left and right leg symmetry (50%/50% balance), Left and right leg angle to peak force using Wattbike Expert Software analysis and the overall shape of the Polar graph.

Format & Content: 1hr initial session comprising Initial set up, 10 minute warm up, followed by a set of 3 minute tests at a variety of cadences and resistances. Real time analysis of the Polar Graphs (in Wattbike Expert Software on 32" screen), discussion of ways to improve pedalling technique and time to experiment with different techniques. 30 minute follow up session focuses on comparison with previous results.