If you’re looking to improve your performance, the Wattbike is the ultimate training tool, as it gives you all the data you could ever need. But, when you’re new to the Wattbike, how do you decipher all the data and turn it into something useful?
What Information Does The Wattbike Give?
The Wattbike measures over 40 different parameters about your riding and displays it all within the Performance Monitor, Performance Touchscreen, or Wattbike Hub app (depending on which Wattbike you are using). Below is an explanation of the 10 most popular metrics:
Power - An obvious one perhaps, but the main measurement of the Wattbike is power measured in Watts. Watts are essentially the measure of your work output over time. Every Wattbike will show your maximum power and your average power, as well as your power-based training zones. If you’re wondering why it’s useful to measure your power, read our article on using power to enhance your performance.
Average Power - Average power is a great metric to benchmark your fitness and track any changes in performance. Tracking your average power across sessions can also alert you to impending illness, which would be hard to measure in any other way. Your average power will be displayed in the session summary after every session.
Power per kilo - Also known as power to weight ratio, this is your power expressed as a ratio to your weight. It is often used in performance sport as a good predictor of performance, especially for climbing hills and mountains. As a general rule, the flatter the terrain is the more important your power output is (your watts), and the more elevated the terrain is, the more important your power to weight ratio is (power/kg). Read our blog for an in-depth explanation of the power per kilo ratio.
Cadence - This is the speed of your legs, expressed in revolutions per minute (RPM). Every Wattbike displays your maximum and average cadence in real-time. This metric is useful when starting out as finding your ideal cadence will help make your training more efficient. You can also combine cadence and resistance on the Wattbike to establish the correct power output. Read our blog on how to improve your cycling cadence.
Heart Rate - A fundamental metric in many sports and general health and fitness practices, heart rate is the number of times your heart beats per minute (BPM). By linking your Wattbike with your heart rate monitor, the Wattbike will display your heart rate in real-time, which will help you measure the physiological intensity of your workout.
Maximum Heart Rate (MHR) - If you undertake a test on a Wattbike, you can also find out your Maximum Heart Rate, which can be used to set personalised heart rate training zones.
Polar View - The Wattbike is one of the only indoor trainers to measure your right/left leg balance. An output close to 50:50 between both legs will help you to cycle more effectively. Learn how to master your Polar View.
Pedalling Effectiveness Score (PES) - Our revolutionary metric builds on the original Polar View, and provides riders with a real-time, objective, colour-coded number display based on how effective their pedalling is.
Maximum Minute Power (MMP) - When you undertake a test on the Wattbike, you’ll often be looking for the Max Minute Power achieved during the test. Max Minute Power is used to work out your personalised training zones to ensure every session you complete is the right intensity for your current fitness.
Distance - For the Strava enthusiasts out there racking up the miles, we couldn’t leave you without knowing the basic distance traveled during your Wattbike session (along with your speed for that matter).
How To Find Your Data
All of the information about your riding is available from the Wattbike Performance Monitor, the Wattbike Performance Touchscreen, or the Wattbike Hub app. Below are some examples of how the data is displayed for our different products:
Wattbike Nucleus & AtomX
Wattbike Atom & next generation Atom
How To Measure And Record Your Data
The Wattbike automatically records and stores your data. You can find all your sessions under 'Recall' within the Wattbike Performance Monitor, under 'History' in the Performance Touchscreen, and in 'History' on the Wattbike Hub app. Find out more about the Wattbike Hub here.
4 Ways To Improve Your Performance Using Wattbike Data
- Use the Wattbike Polar View and PES data to improve your pedalling technique
- Use MMP & MHR to set your personalised training zones
- Use personalised training zones to optimise your performance with a structured training plan
- Use power to weight data to improve your climbing
- Test, track, and re-test to make sure your training is working, and to keep your personalised training zones up to date