Category Archives: Programming

Training Load and Nutrition Impact on HRV: 10 Week Data Analysis

Below is 10 weeks worth of my own training data that includes; HRV – Collected daily on ithlete in standing position immediately after waking HR  – Taken from the ithlete HRV measures Load – Sets*Reps*Weight(lbs) sRPE – Reps*RPE of session(1-10 … Continue reading

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Why Assess the ANS?

I just finished watching a presentation by Andy O’Brien entitled “Modern Concepts in Program Design – A Systematic Approach to Individualization”. Andy O’Brien works with elite athletes including NHL star Syndey Crosby. His presentation is 28 minutes long and is … Continue reading

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Reflections, Thoughts & Some HRV Data Analysis from 2 Athletes

This week Carl Valle had a great article posted on Mladen’s site here. It’s definitely worth the read if you train athletes. This article inspired me to reflect on where HRV fits in to training, for whom it may work … Continue reading

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Recent HRV trend analysis and a new collaboration

As I try and further my understanding of the seeming incomprehensible autonomic nervous system I try to simplify the role HRV may play in monitoring athletes. There is one main issue I’m having; I don’t yet fully grasp the ANS … Continue reading

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Planning the Recovery

The inclusion of HRV monitoring into my training has caused me to change my perspective a fair bit on the subject. It has also provided me with a lot more questions than answers, but I don’t consider this to be … Continue reading

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HRV Guided Training, Periodization and Training Variables

Here are some things to consider when planning your daily workouts guided by HRV; What load of work can my body handle today? I primarily use HRV to determine this, however lately I’ve been doing some morning tap tests as … Continue reading

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HRV, Adaptation, Progression, Training Adjustments

I’ve been reviewing my HRV trends over the last few weeks to analyze how my body is handling my current training set-up. I’ve been noticing smaller drops in HRV the day following a heavy workout (sRPE9). In some instances I’ve … Continue reading

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HRV in a Team Setting

Monitoring athletes throughout training provides coaches with extremely valuable information regarding each athlete’s responsiveness to imposed training loads. Most would agree that the main objective for any coach (at competitive levels) is to win. If you fail to do this … Continue reading

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HRV response to perceived training load – Observations from 2.5 months of data

About two months ago the new version of iThlete was released with some really cool new features. These new features included; The ability to rate your sleep on a score of 1-5 A comment section that allows you to make … Continue reading

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HRV for the recreational athlete and average person

Many of the people that I speak with about HRV lately are non-competitive athletes. They are however recreational weightlifters/runners who still take their training seriously (as they should!). Others include typical mom’s and dad’s who work and raise children, as … Continue reading

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