Know Your Functional Training Zones With Revolutionary Testing Protocol

September 2, 2021
Know your functional training zones, VO2max, and precise threshold Simple Endurance Coaching

Three Reasons to Use INSYCD Testing to Know Your Functional Training Zones and More

Without setting a foot inside a lab, the our test will tell you three important elements for your training:

  1. You will understand your true threshold and functional training zones
  2. You will understand your particular energy systems and how to get faster
  3. You will understand how to fuel your training and racing

Know Your Functional Training Zones With Simple Endurance Testing

Until now, your functional training zones likely required an expensive trip to a lab to get your blood lactate tested.

Simple Endurance Coaching is bringing you a training tool that is so revolutionary, it may change everything you understand about your endurance training. 

I’m not being hyperbolic (exaggerating) in these claims. 

I now partner with INSCYD, a European-based company that lets you understand your training zones, your nutritional needs, and provides a clear path to improve your cycling performance, whether you are a recreational cyclist or amateur racer. 

INSCYD gives me the software that lets me know how you can fundamentally change your training, and then track the changes. 

I call them “functional training zones” because they closely correlate to how your body uses energy so we can maximize adaptations. 

Three Reasons to Use INSYCD to Know Your Functional Training Zones and More

Without setting a foot inside a lab, the test will tell you three important elements for your training:

  1. You will understand your true threshold and functional training zones
  2. You will understand your particular energy systems and how to get faster
  3. You will understand how to fuel your training and racing

Your “Threshold” is Confusing, a Little Misleading, and Maybe Not Useful

Probably the most confounding metric in cycling is your “threshold.”

Also known as your Maximum Lactate Steady State, Anaerobic Threshold, Lactate Threshold, Functional Threshold Power, and others. 

Even the names are confusing. 

And what is threshold really? 

Why does it matter for training? 

It matters a LOT for your functional training zones.

INSYCD Uses Sebastian Weber’s Algorithms, Experience

INSCYD is the brainchild of Dr. Sebastian Weber, who has been testing and coaching professional cyclists for decades. 

He has created a series of complex algorithms that allow users to identify accurate training zones after a series of critical power tests. 

Instead of getting your lactate measured by labs, Dr. Weber’s algorithm is correlated to lab test results so that they are as, if not more, accurate. 

Plus the training zones that are used in traditional FTP testing don’t necessarily correlate to any real energy system in our bodies.

Traditional threshold or FTP number, usually done in watts, has a number of issues. 

The number is hard to get right, is easy to misuse, and, most importantly, doesn’t get at how much aerobic and anaerobic energy is mixed. 

Maximum Lactate Steady State is Your Threshold Value

In simple terms, your true “threshold” is the point at which the lactate produced in your system from exercise cannot be completely consumed as energy, so there is excess lactate. 

This is your “Maximum Lactate Steady State.” 

However, it’s tough to know this precise state, even with lactate testing. 

And the traditional FTP testing provides numbers that are, at best, guesses. 

MLSS is an effective way to measure your fitness and strength.

And MLSS provides us a way of looking at your functional training zones to make them effective for you.

Targeting Your Energy Systems Makes You Faster

There are no switches that turn on and off when you’re riding hard. 

Even when you’re sprinting, you’re using carbohydrates as fuel in your aerobic system. 

And when you’re just cruising along, you’re still consuming lactate.

So your ride fuel is a mix of glycolytic (carbohydrate) energy and lactate energy. 

That fueling mix is critical to understand to make your training effective.

Without knowing that number, you may not be able to get stronger or faster. 

INSCYD provides a series of numbers that help you define your training zones to help you to more precisely target your training intensity. 

For example, you’ll be able to target your VO2 max, which, contrary to some beliefs, is not static and can improve. 

INSYCD Also Gives You Energy Use

Plus the INSYCD tests give you fat and carbohydrate combustion rates at a given power level. 

This means you can calculate your energy needs based on the speed and distance of the event. 

We can calculate how many grams of carbohydrate a given event will require based on your FTP, personal metrics, and the event particulars. 

We’ll learn how to best fuel your ride to make sure you can rely on a steady stream of fuel that helps you increase your capacity to go faster and further. 

Simple Endurance Coaching Testing Services

Simple Endurance Coaching will be offering a variety of threshold services to cyclists and triathletes.

  • Testing, and a report without explanations
  • Testing, and a report with a complete explanation of what the results mean
  • Testing, a report, and a three-month training plan, plus a discount on a subsequent test.
  • Any full coaching athlete with Simple Endurance will get the full testing, training based on the report, and a second test at a later date. 

Right now, I’m offering a steep discount on testing for the next five cyclists who contact me.

Message me for more information.

Let’s Talk About Functional Training Zones and Endurance!

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