I was going to post some analysis on muscle group involvement, movements and how to gauge training versus overtraining of certain muscle groups. But, some pressing questions have been raised by several readers.
**Important Note: If something seems off or I just haven’t explained things clearly enough, please leave comments on here.** Unfortunately I don’t get to talk to each and every one of you on a daily basis and won’t get to answer your questions if I don’t know what you are thinking.
Question: What are the metrics you are going to measure and how are you going to measure it?
Answer: This is a very important question that I should have addressed at the outset. I would like for each one of you to understand exactly what we are doing so you can challenge our rationale and thought process if you see something wrong.
• Work done: we have spent a significant amount of time reading and researching papers and measuring movements in multiple individuals to figure out formulas for the work done in moving both the centre of mass of the individual and the moved mass (barbell, KB, med ball etc)
• Muscle group involvement (MGI): We have also broken all oly lifts, crossfit movements, running, rowing etc into the discrete major muscle groups involved. In order to simplify it, we are currently using a binary system where the muscle group is either used or it isnt. There are other ways to do this (i.e: how much each muscle group is contributing to the overall muscular activity in each movement). We will continue to experiment with this as we go through the pilot. At the moment, no other analytical software is doign this and we think that this would be a good place to start.
• Power generation/VO2max/Agility/Heart rate: There are once again many ways to measure this and we will be tweaking this measurement. But currently we can pull some of this from your 500m row sprints. Additionally, we would love for you guys to do a 30sec all out sprint on the erg and give us some benchmark numbers. You can select whether or not this would work for you below.
• When you log in, you will also be asked to answer a quick set of 5-7 questions (this will allow us to add in more variables to the overall picture in order to get a better understanding of each days training session/performance):
- Any change in weight?
- Hours slept (eventually this will become something that we can automatically track using our mobile app)
2a. how well did you sleep? (1-5)
- describe energy level (1-5)
- water intake for the day
- mood (1-5)
- soreness (1-5)
- any sickness? (yes or no.. and if yes a description)
- appetite (less than normal, normal, more than normal)