Continuing with our multidisciplinary work with WIMU; last days we had the opportunity to work in an always exciting and challenging sport: cycling.
For this discipline, there are multiples parameters used for monitoring and follow up for both the cyclists and the bicycle. We are talking about: speed, heart rate, cadence, pedal power and… muscle oxygen saturation (SmO2).
Those are just a few of the many available parameters.
Each parameter gives value information. It’s a practical tool for the athlete and his coach when they are facing training to improve the performance. Never the less, it’s the fusion of all those parameters the real high value. When you can have synchronized metrics such as impacts, bike and cyclist inclination, rotation speeds, accelerations or oxygen consumption in each leg; is when you are dealing with High Performance and an authentic Smart Training.
This fusion of sensors (internals and externals) is what makes WIMU unique to plan and analysis the physical training.
Without any doubts, pedal power is a huge advance to train at the correct intensity in each moment. If you add muscle oxygen saturation, it’s possible not just to have the muscle work, but how that work is affecting it.
Training based on power allows to analysis quality of the workout; without taking in concern facts such as weather conditions or the field. Adding the SmO2, we can know how much it takes to full muscle exhaustion and recovery time.