Why Train With Watts
WHAT ARE WATTS?
Watts is a measurement of your power or output - which is why watts training is often referred to as “training with power.” In scientific terms, a watt is equal to one “joule” per second – with a “joule” being the derived unit needed to accelerate a mass of one kilogram over a distance of one meter. Watts is your power to overcome inertia and make things go – to pedal your bike, climb a set of stairs, or run on a treadmill. Every LeMond Fitness g-force bike shows you your watts output and lets you effectively train with power.
As a measurement of performance output, what is important about watts is the fact that watts are objective – they are not affected by other conditions like heat, which might impact your body if you were cycling outdoors. The capability of observing your watts as you cycle gives you immediate and quantifiable feedback on the intensity of your workout.
WHY TRAIN WITH WATTS?
The capability of observing your watts as you cycle gives you immediate and quantifiable feedback on the intensity of your workout. When concentrating on watts you stay motivated to maintain your target workload during hard efforts. This type of training will build your endurance, increase your speed, make you stronger climbing hills, and overall, simply improve your physical performance. Watts can also help you pace your efforts. Instead of training too hard and becoming fatigued, you can monitor your watts input to stay within your target zone and complete a workout knowing you are exercising at your personal best.
If losing weight is one of your goals, a watts based training program can also help you be successful. When you monitor and record watts, you get the most accurate measurement of calories burned during your workout. You can use this information to help plan your caloric input to loose, maintain, or gain muscle weight depending on your personal goals.
WHY IS WATTS BETTER?
For cyclists, heart rate data may not always be the same when riding in similar situations. Factors like heat, fatigue, wind, and caffeine can all affect your heart rate and response can lag behind your pedaling effort. Since watts measures the power you generate as you pedal, it is the most objective way to measure your performance and compare your results on different days of cycling. Monitoring both heart rate data and watts information is the best way to train for peak results and to also making sure you do not over or under train to meet your goals.
I USUALLY DO HEART RATE TRAINING, WHY IS WATTS TRAINING BETTER
While many cyclists train with heart rate information, watts based training is the new kid on the block and can significantly enhance your heart rate workout information. For cyclists, heart rate data may not always be the same when riding in similar situations. Factors like heat, fatigue, wind, and caffeine can all affect your heart rate. This is because heart rate measures your body’s response to riding at a certain intensity and can lag behind your pedaling effort. Since watts measures the power you generate as you pedal, it is the most objective way to measure your performance and compare your results on different days of cycling. Working together, and monitoring both heart rate data and watts information, is the best way to see when you are training for peak results and also making sure you do not over or under train to meet your personal goals.
THE G-FORCE UT – AN EXCEPTIONAL INDOOR TRAINING BIKE
Besides being designed like a great road bike, another reason the g-force UT is an exceptional training bike is your ability to download your workout data directly to your home computer. Simply insert a flash drive in the g-force digital console at the end of your workout and you can select the download prompt on your console screen to capture all your workout data – including time, distance, calories burned, heart rate and intensity in watts.
Downloading your workout and analyzing your watt and heart data will tell you how well you were able to accomplish your training goals. Some days you will meet or exceed your goals, which is the green light to stay on your program. Other days you may not achieve your objectives. This often means that recovery is lacking because of over training, illness or other stress. This is a red light meaning that lighter intensity workouts or complete rest is need.
By maintaining your workout data over longer periods of time, you can at last analyze the long-term effectiveness of your training programs. You will start to understand how your body responds to different amounts and intensities of training. This is a very powerful tool to help you stay in top form and to keep improving your fitness and cycling performance.