FasCat’s Optimize Makes Wearable Data Actionable for Athletes
December 7, 2022
New Training Technology Helps Athletes Keep Their Training and Recovery on Track
Boulder, Colorado/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – FasCat, the leader in sports science innovation and connected coaching, is proud to unveil Optimize, a next-generation training and data analytics platform. Optimize balances an athlete’s training and recovery — both now measurable through traditional power meters and modern wearables — to deliver actionable daily insights.
Unlimited, science-based training plans that scale to the athlete’s schedule are included in a subscription to Optimize, available now for iOS and Android devices.
With modern wearables like Whoop, Oura, Apple Watch and Garmin products providing sleep and HRV data, many athletes are learning about their key markers of recovery. However, most athletes don’t know how to use that data to adjust their training.
Other programs can help athletes parse wearable data, but Optimize is the only system that combines sleep and HRV data with physiological stress as measured by power meters and heart rate monitors. Optimize integrates both sets of data into FasCat’s proven coaching system to help athletes improve their fitness and achieve their goals in a fun and flexible manner.
“For the past 20 years we have been using power and heart rate data as objective measurements, and relying on an athlete’s self-assessment of their recovery for the other half of the equation,” said FasCat founder, sports scientist, and prominent coach Frank Overton. “Recently, wearable technology has unlocked new ways to measure recovery, but the software and metrics created were not developed for endurance athletes. With Optimize, we can now integrate both halves of the physiological equation with real-time data so athletes can better manage their training and recovery to achieve greatly improved athletic performance.”
A subscription to Optimize, which costs $34.99 per month, or $299.99 for a year, includes unlimited access to all of FasCat’s training plans, workouts, meal plans, recipes and access to expert FasCat coaches who can answer endurance athletes’ training questions.
A key feature of Optimize is The Needle, an easily understandable data visualization of FasCat’s proprietary training and recovery algorithm that shows how rested or stressed an athlete is, based on their training and wearable data. The Needle gives athletes an Optimization Score, which tells them if they need to train more, rest more, or if they are fully Optimized and training just right.
For more information on Optimize, or to subscribe, please visit fascatcoaching.com.
About FasCat Coaching
FasCat Coaching, based in the endurance sports capital of Boulder, Colorado, offers athletes expert coaching and data-driven guidance to help them achieve their cycling and multisport ambitions. FasCat’s training plans have earned more than 1,000 five-star reviews, making it one of the best-reviewed training services available. FasCat also offers one-on-one customization with highly trained coaches who have raced at the professional level and pride themselves on high levels of communication and data-driven analysis. Click to read more about FasCat’s Core Coaching Values.
About Frank Overton
Frank Overton, who holds degrees in biology and physiology from Hampden-Sydney University and North Carolina State University, founded FasCat in 2002. FasCat’s mission is to share Overton’s knowledge to help athletes, using a deep knowledge of sports science, Overton’s own experience as an athlete, and his early work in pioneering power-based training. Overton has guided a wide variety of athletes, from teams like the U.S. National Team, the Priority Health Pro Team, and the University of Colorado Cycling Team to scores of individuals from professionals to amateurs. Overton also contributed to the creation of the Performance Management chart now used by TrainingPeaks, Strava, and others. In addition to coaching, Overton is also a former molecular biotech researcher, and holds US patent #7202067 for discovering a gene in a proprietary algae to produce nutritional supplements.
Ben Delaney, FasCat content director