Completing the training programme is the best predictor of performance in athletes!


The question is, do you know what training your athletes are doing?  I am pretty sure you know what training programme you wrote, or do you???


Step one, what training have you actually prescribed to each athlete?

In the first instance most coaches write a ‘Squad training programme’. And if asked at the end of the season, what training did your team do, a coach will refer to their training programme they wrote.

But spare a thought; what if one of your athletes gets an injury or is ill. They will have to take some time off, or do a modified programme…. Immediately that athlete has not done the ‘Squad training programme’.

The question is how many of your athletes don’t do what you programmed for them?

Here is an example from one of our users.  

Bar Chart comparing prescribed training for one crew over one season

They prescribed their training programme using our system, this gives them an ability to generate individualised programmes with ease. We have worked with them to analyse what training each athlete in their Varsity VIII had done. When we shared the results with them they were shocked.

There was a surprisingly big difference in the amount of training that each of the athletes was prescribed by the coach. Within the VIII there was 11.7% (57h 47min) difference in training time between the most and the least training. Considering they were ‘on the same training programme’. It amounted to 43 extra sessions. (9.3% more) in the year!

A table showing the discrepancy in planned training within the same crew

As an aside, the athlete who was prescribed the most training also had the greatest improvement.

But this is only the tip of the iceberg. So far we have only been talking about the discrepancy in training programme. We still have not measured what training they actually did.

Step two, what training has each athlete actually done?

This one we could not answer for them. They had not recorded enough data to understand that.

In order to gain this kind of understanding you need to collect training time, training distance as well as heart rate within those sessions.

The time and distance are obvious, but that only gives you an insight into the training volume distribution. It does not give you any insight as to how intensely they have completed each training session. Only the heart rate distribution, power or speed will give that kind of insight.

Step three, what offers you and your athletes

This kind of insight is quite possible using a few sports platforms, but not on a team level. Within you are able to collect this sort of data with ease. All you need to do is make sure your athletes are wearing their Heart Rate chest strap for each training session, we do the rest.

Here is a summary of a training session showing how much time each athlete spent in each heart rate training zone. This is easily generated by importing your Heart Rate data from any number of sources.

This sort of data over a period of time will begin to give insights into how your athletes are actually training.

A summary time spent in training zones by 9 athletes doing the same session