What is Training Peaks?
TrainingPeaks, or TP, is the online software program we use for training our athletes. With the login information provided, you’ll access a training calendar where we will post your workouts. TrainingPeaks makes it easy to track your workouts, analyze your results, and schedule your training. All you have to do is provide feedback on each of your training sessions in the post activity comment section, and upload any relevant data that you may have recorded. Below, I’ll go through the details of how to use TP easily and effectively.
Post Activity Comments
Read this article for a great summary of the importance of post-activity comments.
Besides completing the workouts, updating TP regularly is the most crucial aspect of your training program! We rely heavily on your feedback from day to day to plan your next training sessions. More data and comments from you means better programming from us. To leave feedback, simply type into the post-activity comments section of your workout. It looks like this, but instead of “Coaching Team” it will say your name. It’s important to leave detailed feedback like this for every single training session, whether it’s a strength workout or running workout. Please note that I do not check these daily - I usually review comments the next week when planning your workouts, so if you have any urgent questions, those should be emailed.
Posting your latest PR to Instagram does NOT count as completing post-activity comments.
Rate of Perceived Effort
RPE stands for Rate of Perceived Effort / Exertion. Reporting an “RPE” with each workout or movement is especially helpful. For example, if your workout has you doing squats and deadlifts, you might report an RPE 7 for squats and 9 for deadlifts, meaning that squats were tough and deadlifts were extremely tough. RPE stands for rate of perceived exertion, and is essentially a ranking of difficulty on a scale of 1 to 10. RPE is always relative to the distance or duration of the activity, not absolute. RPE 10 for a marathon will be much slower than RPE 10 for a 5k, and so on.
From time to time, we may ask that you record a video of a particular set or movement for us to analyze. However, TrainingPeaks is not very friendly when it comes to uploading videos. Instead, please upload these videos to YouTube as a public or unlisted video, then paste the link to the video in the post-activity comments section. Please do not email videos. Also, please be courteous and only record videos of the relevant parts of your workout. We don’t want to spend 5 minutes watching you drink water and talk with your friends before your lift - trim the video so that it only contains the sets / movements / etc that we want to see. Thank you!
The TrainingPeaks mobile app makes it super easy to view your workouts and record feedback on the go and while you’re at the gym. Available for iPhone and Android. Please make a habit of recording your workout results into the mobile app as you go, essentially using it as your gym log / notebook. It’s much easier to do this than it is to remember it later, and then I won’t have to hunt you down for feedback.
Syncing with Garmin, Suunto, MyFitnessPal, etc
In just a few clicks, you can have your TP account synced with Garmin, Suunto, or any other watch / service that you use to record your workouts. Simply google “how to sync Training Peaks and ___” or refer to these links. Please do not copy/paste links to Garmin or Movescount data for us to look at. Sync your device with Training Peaks so that we can do all of your analysis in one place.
Strava: syncing is not available for Strava, but I do love Strava! Check it out if you haven’t already.