experiences, myTRS information

The graph analysis: Your training at a glance

The graph analysis of myTRS helps to take a closer look at previous trainings: Which muscles have I worked out how often? When did I wait too long, when was I too early with the next training stimulus? And: Do I load my body parts in a balanced way, or are there clearly preferred and also neglected areas?

What does the graph analysis show?

The graph analysis in myTRS shows stress and recovery of the individual muscle groups over time, usually over the course of a month. Each line represents a muscle group and shows training loads (line down) and the subsequent regeneration (line up). After complete recovery, the line remains above the thin zero line for some time, representing the phase of supercompensation.

The intensity of the load (low, normal or high) can be recognized by how far down the line it goes. And depending on the speed of regeneration of the individual muscle section, the line then rises again flatter (slower) or steeper (faster).

Curve analysis 1: Insufficient forearm training

 

As can be clearly seen in the upper picture from August 2019, the forearms were not trained for about half a month (flat line without any downward load peak).

 

The lower picture, however, shows a good load distribution of the forearms: During this period, this muscle area was heavily loaded 6 times (yellow markings). In addition, 3 normal and 1 light load can be seen.

Another remarkable detail is the top line with the many small load peaks: This line stands for cardiovascular, and the many light loads were caused by aerobic warm-up exercises. If a serious endurance training had been included, the corresponding peak would have reached further down.

Curve analysis 2: Neck training as a focus

 

Also in the month of August 2019, there were two unnecessarily long training breaks for the neck (upper part of the trapezius) at the beginning, which can be recognized by the flat line (marked yellow).

 

Once the problem has been identified and the priorities have been adjusted, an improvement in the situation can already be seen: In November of the same year a much more even load on this part of the body is evident. In addition to 6 intensive loads (peaks far down to the yellow mark), 2 normal and 3 light training stimuli can be seen.

Curve analysis 3: Unplanned training breaks

 

Of course, training breaks are also visible at a glance in the graph analysis – whether planned or unintentional. The picture shows an illness-related training interruption in October 2019, which lasted about 10 days.

Curve analysis 4: Slow back and fast calves

 

As the picture shows, the different lines rise again with different steepness after the load peaks. The reason is the different speed of recovery of the different muscles.

The upper yellow marking shows the line for the lower back, which is the part of the body that recovers most slowly. As can be seen, only a few stress stimuli find place in a month. In contrast, the lowest line shows the load and recovery of the calves, which are among the fastest regenerating muscles: They have been trained repeatedly this month, but only twice with difficulty.

Reduction to the essential

The diagrams of the graph analysis were deliberately kept very neutral – almost puristic. The idea was not to distract attention from the essential: from the interplay of stress and regeneration, and from showing the next training impulses too early and too late.

And thus the graph analysis also becomes a planning tool: In which areas am I on track, and where is there still room for improvement? In other words, learning on the basis of personal experience, so to speak.

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