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Too Much or Too Little

2PEAK does simply optimize your (yes precisely yours and not the average of randomized group) fitness potential.

Static and non-intelligent training plans make rigid prescription of the kind: this are the hours and workouts you have to do in order to prepare for this race… This is why we end up with preconceived notions such as “in order to be prepared to run a marathon you have to do at least X workouts of at least Y miles/duration”… But if this was the successful recipe for one (usually a pro) runner, why would this apply for you? Having a real live full of other goals and challenges, having a different albeit not even weaker talent set, a different athletic background, age, gender, everyone of us is unique.

Such an approach leads inevitably to a plan that is way too hard for one athlete which means that in an ideal case he will be simply tired when he get to the start line, but in a less ideal case he might end up overtrained and/or injured, or the athlete could absorb or even require a much higher load in order to optimize his/her fitness potential. Each of us has individual prerequisites and capabilities. We might need more or less recovery, more or less load, respond more to training intensity or more to volume or the other way around. Your particular fitness response is what 2PEAK “learns” based on your training log and your input and constantly adjusts your plan precisely to what you can ideally sustain in that very moment. What aggregates this is that your optimal training load is in a constant state of flux since every day is different from the next. However your input is of crucial importance: On the one side your training log, ideally from acquired data as well as your correctly defined training zones. On the other hand your time schedule that should always reflect the time budget you have available for training. This might also allow 2PEAK to schedule workouts for active recovery workouts, that only find space if there is enough discretionary time available. Next, it is imperative that you adjust your 2PEAK battery every time that it does not reflect how you feel, since only if 2PEAK can identify your unique recovery pattern it will be able to calculate the minimal “needed” recovery for each and every workout load.

Be aware: the deciding parameter which gets calculated is the training load, which equals duration TIMES intensity. If you just train duration your form will only improve as long as you can keep adding more training time i.e. volume. If you only train intensity (for example HIIT) your form will only improve until your recovery (next to work, family and other commitments) does not allow you to add another interval which is as hard as when you were fresh. 2PEAK makes use of both training approaches simultaneously and constantly optimizes YOUR specific options. Every time slot you make available is used as soon as you have “enough” recovery to add an extra stimulus. Try it. There is no better way!