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Science with STAPS: the anaerobic threshold

Individual anaerobic threshold, aerobic threshold, 4 mmol threshold and so on ... There probably are many more terms to describe this “mysterious“ threshold so many pieces have been written and lectures been held on. Instead of wasting time defining a name for this threshold, we would rather like to explain what it is all about:

The anaerobic threshold (as we call it) is not the transition from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism. And the allegedly occurring acidification is not the reason for the break-off when riding / running at the anaerobic threshold, either.

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Science with STAPS: VLamax – fuel and opponent at the same time!

VO2max is a term that has been used in endurance sports increasingly often in the past months. Several years ago, only “insiders“ like sport scientists and coaches knew what it meant, meanwhile also ambitious age group athletes employ the term. This is no surprise as it is mentioned increasingly often in articles about pro cyclists. But what does VO2max mean and why is it of such great importance? The term stands for maximum oxygen intake and is considered as the most important criterion of endurance performance. Read more

Science with STAPS: efficient winter training, please!

The new season is approaching – that’s for sure. Therefore, it is time to slowly, but surely get yourself prepared for it: let the winter training begin!

When thinking of training in winter many think of cold temperatures, early dawn and often even wet conditions. It is known that an indoor trainer provides the opportunity to train regardless of external influences, but it does not exactly increase motivation. Hours of indoor bike training often come with many negative side effects: the TV program is nerve-racking, the DVD collection – depending on its size – is running out of new stuff and has to be re-watched – all in all not a really great situation.

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Coached by STAPS - our training supports

“I don’t need a coach, I am not a pro after all.” At STAPS we often get to hear statements like this when we tell someone what we do. Also “I am not good enough for a coach – it is not worth the effort” is something people often tell us. A well-structured training is, however, key to success – and who does not want to improve?

We at STAPS define coaching as more than just determine intensity ranges, write training plans and evaluate them. For us, coaching has many facets that all lead to one goal: improve the athlete’s performance, no matter whether he or she is an age group athlete or a pro. To do so, we got various options which our athletes take advantage of. Among others, these include – besides writing training plans and analyzing training sessions – nutrition specifications for training and racing, development of a pacing strategy for cycling marathons just like for long endurance events, time trials or triathlon races as well as individual bike fittings to optimize pedaling economics and power transfer. Read more