What actually has to go through your mind to come up with the idea of a
application like myTRS? The following texts offer a short overview
insight into the patterns of thought of those persons who have taken up the idea and
have begun to put it into practice.
From the point of view of a fitness trainer
Julia Lipp, M.A., trainer A license
Successful build-up training – is that what you want? If so, then you should read on.
Because we have something here that can help you to gain more strength, more mass or simply
to get a better shape. Without exaggerated promises according to the motto “Bikini shape in
14 days” or ”10 kilograms of new muscles in a single month”, but: By consideration
and consistent use of scientifically proven physiological processes.
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But one thing is worth mentioning before we get into the subject: The whole thing with the build-up training
should not be at the cost of your health. Because what use are the most beautiful and most attractive
body shapes when your joints will be damaged? Or if your tendons and ligaments are constantly aching
or get ripped off? One thing is quite clear for you: You are looking for a reasonable, in a way for a
“sustainable” form of build-up training. Supported by a healthy lifestyle, but
at least without the dangerous game of direct intervention in the hormonal control of your organism.
So: Healthy, natural gains.
And exactly at this point the topic “regeneration” comes into play. Because it is the phase of recovery,
in which the actual build-up takes place following intensive training stimuli:
First the microscopically small damages and injuries are repaired, which were caused by the heavy load.
And then there is the adjustment that is responsible for changing the body of the people who train:
Their muscles adjust to better dealing with such stress in the future by increasing
their ability to perform. Whether you are specifically concerned with increasing
strength or muscle mass, it is always the regeneration phase in which this desired
build-up effect takes place.
So far, so good. But how can this knowledge best be used in everyday training?
The question is not only how soon one should load a previously trained muscle
again, but also: What do I do when the madness of everyday life destroys my plans?
When I have to leave the ideal line of my well thought-out training plan and have
Obviously – real professionals know at any time exactly which muscle parts
are ready again for a hard workout. But how about us, who use our build-up training
as a mass or popular sport? We do not have the years or even decades of experience
to rely on our instinct. We also don't always have the complete overview, when we
last trained which areas how hard – and which muscle parts these exercises
In order to find a way out of this dilemma, we have developed myTRS: The name stands
for: “My Training Regeneration Status”. Let this web service offer you
suggestions on how you could design your training today! Get answers to questions
Status: Which areas of my body are currently in which state?
Overview: Which muscle parts are ready for training again? Which should be spared?
Which ones could be used for training, if you absolutely want to?
Preview: For which muscle parts does the complete recovery last even longer,
for which should a training stimulus be set soon again?
Review: What have I trained so far? What weights have I used?
And additionally: What do my training partners actually do in the meantime?
You see: Simple questions from the everyday life of people in training that are
often anything but easy to answer. Let yourself be inspired by the suggestions
of myTRS – and then decide for yourself what you want to do with today's
From the point of view of a software engineer
What are we supposed to develop? An app, more precisely a web app, or actually
an internet service? In any case: A program that can be used from anywhere and
on any internet-enabled device and that offers users the opportunity to optimize
their build-up training? As someone who moved weights all his life and relied on
various split trainings, I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea.
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However: After some discussions it became more and more clear that a serious and
scientifically founded planning of a build-up training has a very considerable
measure of complexity to cope with. Because when you consider that different muscle
parts need different lengths of time to recover and to be ready for the next training
load, it quickly becomes clear: Here is a smart exercise selection needed, which
deals with the current recovery state of the user, in order to avoid counterproductive
overtraining. And to keep an overview of everything, is surprisingly not that easy.
Soon we had first sketches and drafts: On body diagrams one should be able to see
which zones are still stressed after the last training and which are candidates for
the next workout. A preview of the coming days should be possible as well as a
review of everything you have done so far. And based on the current regeneration
status, it should also be displayed which exercises would be advisable or from
which one should rather refrain.
All in all, myTRS has become a kind of assistant that should help the users with the spontaneous
but individually tailored planning of their workout. It is also a tool for personal
trainers who can see the status of their clients at a glance and respond to it.
Last but not least, it is a platform for training partners to keep track
of each other's activities as well as their own.
But what we rejected from the very beginning was the development of a system using
sensors that would allow people to constantly get measured and monitored. Quite apart
from the delicate question of whether such sensitive personal data could get in the
hands of unauthorized persons and be misused by them, we wanted from the start a
system that puts the human being at the center: He himself feels into himself and
defines whether or not to perform an exercise. We think that's better than those
systems that suggest to users, how they have to feel.
Are you ready to start your personal experiment with myTRS? Are you ready to leave
well-trodden paths and to explore unconventional exercise combinations based on your
current state of strain? And are you prepared to give more space to spontaneity and
improvisation in your everyday training? Then the results of our programming work
could be an effective help for you.
Welcome to myTRS – and your training will be more vital than ever.