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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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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