A Brief History of Our Research – Xert and Bioshift
Many of you are likely wondering: “How do Xert and Bioshift relate? They seem so different.”
To answer that question, we turn to another seemingly disparate topic: Heart-rate data and analysis.
About four years ago, our research began by examining power and heart-rate […]
Each person possesses a unique level of fitness for a given physical activity. Different activities possess different measures of fitness. Fitness for weight-lifting, for example, is measured by the amount of weight one is able to lift. Alternatively, success in sports such running, swimming and cycling are primarily determined by how fast one […]
What is Maximal Power Available?
Maximal Power Available (MPA™) is a measurement of the maximal power that can be produced by an athlete for a given exercise, factoring in fatigue. Simply, MPA establishes at every given instant, how much power you have. It is a concept that is well understood by sport scientists and coaches […]
Assigning workouts, for many, is considered an art more than a science. Given the number of variables that need to be accounted for, coaches and sports scientists combine scientific research, home-grown tools, coaching systems, and software in deciding on what workout to prescribe for an athlete at a given […]
Dissecting Power Data
With the knowledge of MPA and fitness signatures in hand, we can now start to examine how power is generated. That is, we can look to determine to what degree your individual fitness signature parameters impact your power.
When examining a power-duration relationship, an athlete’s […]
Most athletes dread test days. These are the days in your training plan where you test your fitness to see where you stand: “Am I improving?”, “Do I need to change to workout targets?”. They are dreaded because they require a lot of motivation. Your FTP can fluctuate 30-40 watts during […]
From Zones to Strain and Focus
Zones have been a long-standing method of prescribing training. Whether they are based on heart-rate or power, they are the staple of any training program. When used for training with power, they are often defined relative to your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) and, depending on […]
The Next Generation in Impulse Response Modeling
With our success helping athletes answer the question: “What’s my fitness?”, we set our sights on answering the question “What will my fitness be?”. Answering this question is difficult, since it requires a prediction of what is going to happen to your fitness based on […]
What Xert Tells Us About How to Train During the Off-Season
As many of you will be training during the off-season to try and reach new highs, it would be interesting to examine what the data has told us on how to train over the winter, after analyzing hundreds of thousands of activities.
In Xert, […]
A Completely New Way to Train
Xert has ushered in revolutionary ideas and innovations in measuring fitness, how much power you have, which energy systems you use as well as highlighting how traditional methods miss key training variables like strain and focus.
When we bring all these concepts to bear […]
Advanced Data Analysis with Xert
New ideas and concepts continue to come to the forefront on how to apply Xert’s revolutionary concepts. Xert’s methods to analyze power data and discover new insights into fitness and performance have never existed before. In this blog post, we’re going to dive into ways you can learn more about your […]
When it comes to road cycling, pro cyclists like Peter Sagan, Greg Van Avermaet and Philippe Gilbert are often seen as the strongest riders in the peloton. They strike fear in everyone around them. They possess incredible power that they can unleash and make it difficult if not impossible for others […]
It’s August and, if you’ve caught a case of CX fever, this is one of the most anticipated times of the entire season. Whether you’ve planned your season completely around CX, or whether you’re looking to extend your racing season after a full season of road/MTB, CX demands a specific […]
New Concepts in Fitness Planning
Many of our users have been asking for Xert-based training programs. They appreciate all the great new ideas and ways to measure fitness but often ask about how they can apply this information towards improving their fitness and preparing for target events. When we set out […]
Xert continues to roll out a wide range of innovations to make it a comprehensive fitness monitoring, tracking, and planning ecosystem. Our latest roll-out is the Training Advisor, an adaptive technology that can guide you day to day with your training […]
The Best of Both Worlds
With the cold winter weather, even the toughest riders are forced inside for the relative warmth and safety of their trainers. Thankfully, structured workouts like those from Xert and online virtual rides from the likes of Zwift can not only reduce the boredom associated with riding indoors, […]
Xert was first to introduce the idea that you can obtain fitness information from regular activity data. We then introduced the idea that your Threshold Power could be calculated in real time, on-the-fly, as you ride. But in the past couple of months or so, a new feature […]
Each spring as the sun stays out a little longer and the looming race season closes in many of us are lured to warmer climes to pile on the miles at a training camp. At Xert we’re no different; we just got […]
The Xert Adaptive Training Advisor (XATA) uses advanced analytics to not just model your current fitness, but to individually prescribe workouts guiding you towards a desired fitness and time. I relied on it for >90% of my training this winter leading up to April’s gravel season.
Read the […]
The mere mention of cyclocross can make some rider’s heart race with excitement. Usually riders who love a little mud. Or to suffer. Or ideally both! Because CX differs from what many of us do – or train to do – the rest of the year, questions about the specific […]
Xploits is a collection of stories from Xerters around the world about their goals, achievements, and how Xert helped them get there… Chris Bennett completed the 7,390km NorthCape-Tarifa race during the summer of 2018, and this is his journey.
As I lay in the hospital after four hours of facial reconstruction […]
We were lucky enough to race on the 2018 Canadian National Cyclocross Championships course during a recent club race – and course test – put on by the well organized Peterborough Cycling […]
When we look outside to find rain, snow, or traffic-choked roads, many of us head indoors for exercise. The increasing popularity of software like Zwift makes riding your trainer, or running on a treadmill, much more enjoyable. Whereas in the past you’d be doing boring, monotonous intervals on the trainer, […]
New Features Announced: ZWO Exports, Improved Fitness Signature Tracking, Fat & Carbohydrate Utilization Tracking, and more…
We recently launched a number of new features and improvements…have a look below for a peek at some of the changes and to find out more.
1. Load Your Favourite Xert Workouts into Zwift
Export. Upload. Ride…It’s that easy.
How To Load Xert Workouts Into Zwift […]
Make 2019 a breakthrough year by avoiding these 5 mistakes when planning – and executing – your training plan
Training isn’t easy, but choosing the right ‘training plan’ is even harder. Here are 5 rules you’ve probably broken, and what you can do now to be better next season.
#1 Don’t plan with hours, plan with Strain
Intuitively, we all know that every hour of […]
In this article, we will provide an overview of metabolic pathways and how these pathways affect your riding and racing. Through these metabolic pathways, the body converts stored chemical potential energy from food, into mechanical energy used to power our bikes or our runs. How this energy is […]