Hi everyone, I’m happy to announce that TrainerRoad will be hosting an academic study through the University of Toronto investigating the effects of different high intensity interval training (HIIT) protocol on cycling performance.
We are looking for participants between the ages of 18 and 45 to follow a structured 6-week polarized training plan from the comfort of your own home.
All you need is your bike, a heart rate monitor, and a smart trainer with power data. You will be assigned a free anonymous TrainerRoad account to use for the duration of the study. Unfortunately because of privacy requirements we can’t use our own existing accounts.
Timeline for Testing and Training
Baseline testing in the first two weeks will include an incremental exercise test and two time-trials. You will then be prescribed two high intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts each week at an individualized power target, which can be done on your own schedule. The interval workouts are simple and shown to be effective at improving performance. The final week will be a re-test of the incremental exercise test and time trial.
Recommended Weekly Exercise Structure
Incremental exercise test (IET), time-trial (TT), high-intensity interval training (HIIT), low-intensity continuous training (LICT)
You will be able to perform as much or as little low intensity training as you prefer. However all of your cycling training will need to be performed on the trainer and recorded in the associated TrainerRoad account. This is necessary for monitoring training load during the study period. Perfect structure for winter (or unfortunately, lockdown) base training.
If you are interested in participating and want more information, please go to http://www.evidencebasedcoaching.ca/training-study.html
I’m happy to answer any questions about the study on this thread, or feel free to message me privately.
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