Workout Reserve

Interesting. The Workout reserve is specific for the time frame of the effort

Interesting. The workout reserve is specific for the time frame of the effort. The intuition is correct, if you did 30-sec bouts at higher power outputs, it is likely that those are the time ranges where you got closer to your max. Doing more sets and reps overall increase the slow rolling averages (overall workout reserve trending down), but apparently this was not high enough to get close to your previous max in those time ranges.

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@andreazignoli It may be psychological. Because of my recent events in close proximity; I’ve been alternating between taper or recovery weeks for a few weeks. That means VO2 max have either been 2 x 7 x 30 / 30 or 3 x 7 x 30 / 30. Thus when I saw 6

@phil I think your mindset is best practice… the most important session is the next session and such a mindset expressed allows you to realize that…

Today I did a scheduled VO2Max session of 6 x 9 x 30 / 30 with 3 min recoveries between sets. This is the most number of sets and intervals I’ve done for this workout. I completed it, but my workout reserve said I had more in the tank. Is this because I’ve done the 30s on intervals at higher power (previously), albeit with fewer sets and intervals or is it comparing my average power over the entire session duration against my six week rolling average power for that duration?


thoughts @andreazignoli ?

@Phil if the 30s have been done previously (<6 weeks) and in this session, albeit longer, WR did not reach the minimum, there is a simple explanation: during the intervals at higher power, your rolling averages reached a level that you did not reach with this longer session.

Beyond this “mathematical” explanation, there might be a more “physiological” explanation. To me, this suggests that these intervals, at this power, are becoming sustainable for you and are prompting a good steady and progressive increase in baseline aerobic platform.

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It’s hard to tell what’s an old post moved across and what’s a new reply. But indeed I think I had got comfortable with 30 / 30s at the power ranges proscribed. Last few weeks I’ve been doing the long HIIT workout as an alternate. It’s giving me a new challenge and as I do them on the same hill outside I’m getting a different stimulus. I’m not watching a timer wondering when it’s going to end, I can use my position on the hill to know how far into an interval I am, and what’s left.


@Prof When performing different sessions (AE, HIIT, VT2, VO2) is there an optimal mWR range? E.g. Do we want to try and hit 25% or less.

blog on this coming soon

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Just wanted to post Andrea Zignoli’s blog about Athletica’s genius Workout Reserve : A model that can evaluate the maximal mean power during exercise? - Personal website

@Prof @Andrea @Phil : On behalf of all of us everyday athletes: Thank you for sharing your genius with us mortals working on becoming the best we can be and making sports innovations like WR happen and be accessible for us without deep pockets :kissing_heart:

THANK YOU :boom:


@Andrea sums it up nicely, that we are still experimenting with it. We are discussing some further ideas at the moment regards real time WR. There’s almost certainly more to come, hopefully in the not too distant future.