ROUVY COMES WITH 7 TRAINING ZONES

TEREZA HUŘÍKOVÁ - 25.02.2019

Power vs. Heart Rate: Which Metric is Better for Training?

If you’re serious about getting faster on the bike, there are two training tools you shouldn’t be without:  a heart rate monitor and a cycling power meter.

A heart rate used to be the key metric for systematic training years ago. While heart rate can be affected by a number of external factors, it becomes a tool for determining how the body is responding to training sessions, how well you’ve recovered in between workouts and if you’re hydrated. 

That’s where POWER is different. Power is not affected by your physical well-being. And that’s why power has become an essential training metric for amateur and pro cyclists and triathletes in only a few years.

Power shows the work you're doing; heart rate shows how you're handling the work.

In the present system, seven zones were felt to be the minimum needed to represent the full range of physiological responses and to adequately describe the different types of training required/used to meet the demands of competitive cycling. 

Most of today’s coaches and training platforms use 7 training zones, so anyone can easily follow his or her training plan and control the pace while now riding with Rouvy. Syncing the daily workout between Rouvy and TrainingPeaks can be even more straightforward. 

How to set your power zones?

To calculate baseline fitness numbers so you can set your power zones, you need to know your FTP. Functional Threshold Power is defined as the highest power output you can sustain for a one-hour time trial effort. You can complete the FTP test outdoors with a cycling power meter, or on Rouvy by using your smart trainer.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO DO TO PERFORM AN FTP TEST:

  • Warm up for 15 minutes. Repeat three times - a 30-second sprint to prepare your muscles for intensive effort.
  • Perform a 20 minute time trial. Your effort should be done as if it was a race for the entire 20 minutes—all out, but sustainable for the 20 minutes.
  • Cool down for 15 minutes.
  • Multiply your average power of 20 minutes time trial segment by 0.95 to find your FTP.

In the Rouvy application, you can use special FTP Test training that will guide you throughout the FTP test.

Once you’ve calculated your FTP, you can use these 7 power training zones*

Zone

Name

% of FTP

Use for

1

Active Recovery

<55

Active recovery, very easy spin, warming down after a hard effort

2

Endurance

56-75

2 or more hours long, endurance rides, easy to speak

3

Tempo

76-90

Tempo rides aimed at improving endurance at high effort, deeper breathing, endurance in climbs

4

Lactate Threshold

91-105

Repetitions of 8-30 minute intervals focused on improving FTP, frequent breathing

5

VO2 MAX

106-120

Repetitions of 3-8 minute ‘V02 max’ intervals, hard effort

6

Anaerobic Capacity

121-150

30 seconds to 3 minutes of intensive efforts focused on improving anaerobic capacity

7

Neuromuscular Power

N/A

Maximum efforts less than 30 seconds, sprinting, all out,  neuromuscular power

*The power zone descriptions are sourced from “Training and racing with a power meter” by Hunter Allen and Andrew Coggan.

 

Lactate Threshold - During heavy exertion, lactic acid is produced in the muscles. When you begin to produce lactate faster than your body can remove it, you’ve reached your lactate threshold.

VO2 Max - The maximum or optimum rate at which the heart, lungs and muscles can effectively use oxygen during exercise; used as a way of measuring a person's individual aerobic capacity.

Anaerobic Capacity - The total amount of anaerobic (without oxygen) energy that can be obtained from anaerobic sources in a single bout of continuous exercise.

Neuromuscular Power - The ability of the neuromuscular system to generate maximal power.

 

How to set your HR zones?

As described above, heart rate and power work together nicely, when training. Optimize your cycling by using both metrics to guide your training. To calculate and set your HR zones, you need to know your maximum heart rate. 

HR Training Zones:

Zone

Name

% of HRmax

Use for

1

Recovery

<60

Recovery, very easy spin

2

Fat Burning

61-65

Easy endurance rides, cooling down

3

Basic Endurance

66-75

Long endurance, easy to talk

4

Aerobic Endurance

76-82

ride improving endurance at high effort

5

Road Race Intensity

83-89

Road race intensity, hard effort

6

Speed Training

90-94

Anaerobic effort

7

Anaerobic Sprint

95-100

All out, sprints

*The HR zone descriptions are sourced from BCF/ABCC/WCPP Revised Guidelines.

 

With these zones, you can target different attributes to suit your goals through the year. For example, if you want to improve your fitness, try our suggested Rouvy Guides for improvement of VO2 Max or Lactate Threshold.

 

Where can you set the zones in Rouvy app?

  1. Login to the Rouvy websites.
  2. Tap the "Settings button” and choose "Zones".
  3. Fill your body proportions out and press “Save and Edit zones” button.
  4. Enter your HRmax and FTP or choose estimated values. 
  5. Your training zones will be selected automatically but you can adjust them manually.

You can read more about it in the Rouvy Knowledge Base.

 

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  • emidioland - 12.03.2019
    A professional platform, I have been using it for 3 years for my training and I could not do without it!
  • sergio722a - 27.02.2019
    tenho o TACX Neo e emparelho com o Rouvy e o garmim edge 520 e a distancia calculada em qualquer treino a distancia percorrida no garmin é sempre inferior ao do Rouvy, a diferença chega a ser de 1,5 Km alguem tem este problema e sabe como resolver.
    • terehu - 28.02.2019
      Oi Sergio, Isso porque queremos trazer você à realidade o máximo possível e estamos exibindo velocidade virtual em vez de "velocidade real".
      Leia mais aqui:https://support.rouvy.com/hc/en-us/articles/360000414089-Virtual-speed-is-different

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