The MagneticDays training plan software “Coaching Cube” was the subject of a seminar hosted by the University of Palermo. The workshop, entitled “Data analysis and interactive coaching tool: the Coaching Cube”, was presented to the students of the Master’s degree courses in “Sports sciences and techniques” and “Sciences of preventive and adapted motor activities”, who have had the opportunity to get to know all the nuances of the software, from the interactive coaching to scientifically train athletes to practical implications.
The new JARVIS firmware 04.00.C/D38 is available on App section of our website. It improves a long term stability of Bluetooth connection for the indoor training virtual platforms supported by the MagneticDays indoor training system (Zwift, BKool, Rouvy AR and FulGaz). Directions are following.
After the first partnership in 2018 as official MD center, Aquagranda Livigno strengthens its activity for the indoor cycling training with MagneticDays and the precious collaboration of Alessandro Vanotti, the Italian former Professional Cyclist winner of 9 Giro d’Italia, 5 Tour de France, 5 Vuelta de Espana, 1 World Championship, and MD Coach from 2020.
The new agreement comes just a few months after the signing of a protocol between CONI and the APT Livigno which transformed the famous Sports Center in the province of Sondrio into an Olympic Training Centre (with CONI affiliation) at the service of Italian and international athletes.
Thanks to its climatic and environmental uniqueness, Livigno confirms itself as a European reference point for altitude training, with an increasingly important list of athletes and federations choosing it to finalize their preparation. Excellence also certified by the recent investiture by CONI, which has made the location an Olympic Training Center.
Carlo Mornati, CONI Secretary General and Head of the Sports Office, recently commented: “Altitude training is a theme we have been pursuing for some time. We started in 2013 and with the Olympic Training Center in Livigno we have reached the goal. Livigno is a unique Center in the world that can include all sport disciplines, and its climatic variety are decisive: every detail makes the difference”.
A MagneticDays fully equipped room inside the Aquagranda Sports Center
The agreement between Aquagranda and MagneticDays provides for a fully equipped MagneticDays room which includes 7 MD workstations made of MD INDOOR BIKE, JARVIS smart trainers and FORZA PURA independent bike cranks (also in the REHAB version), which will be used by many elite athletes to train with calibrated work programs using the Multisession developed by MD engineers. In fact, this type of protocol allows JARVIS bike trainers to be connected via a local network (intranet) and used both in a single station and in group training, with loads suitable for each individual athlete.
Furthermore, it will also be possible to use JARVIS in simulation mode by importing any route cycled outdoors, a plus that will allow to train on specific routes but also to carry out collective races that can will be viewed on a large-screen television. All activities will be managed by qualified personnel with official MagneticDays training. The point of reference for these activities will be Alessandro Vanotti, who will attend specific initiatives such as training camps or training sessions. Finally, among the many possibilities for training, there are also those dedicated to long-distance races such as Ironman, ICON and Granfondo.
“We are extremely satisfied with the agreement with the Livigno Olympic Training Center – the CEO MD Marco Sbragi said – because this partnership (also thanks to the fundamental role of Alessandro Vanotti) will allow us to make known our training philosophy to the many Italian athletes and international players who choose the altitude training and Aquagranda to improve their performance. Furthermore, it will be a great opportunity to demonstrate once again the versatility of an instrument such as the JARVIS smart trainer and its infinite possibilities”.
“Altitude training is one of the best activities to increase the sporting performance of professional and non-professional athletes – commented Luca Moretti, President of APT Livigno – and here each athlete can reach an altitude between 1,800 and 2,800 meters depending on the type of sport. In this context, the partnership with MagneticDays represents the icing on the cake for Livigno and the Aquagranda Sports Center, which in this way will be able to offer the best support also for indoor cycling training“.
The virtual cycling platform (ANT + and BLE protocols) is one of the latest updates available with the 3.2.6 release of the MagneticDays APP (online for iOS and Android from today). It introduces a new screen during the workout on Zwift or similar virtual cycling platforms (no routes mode) with the chance to display the following data:
- average wattage for X minutes od workout (X varies from 5 to 30 minutes, this option can be set from your MD account);
- total average wattage;
- instantaneous watt/ kg ratio;
- watt/kg ratio for X minutes of workout (X varies from 5 to 30 minutes, this option can be set from your MD account);
- watt/kg ratio for the whole workout.
In addition, the release 3.2.6 of MagneticDays APP also includes the following 4 updates:
- upgrade of STOP function for Coaches who will now be able to decide which fixed brake value to use (until now the brake was -5 by default);
- creation of a marker for selecting a specific point of the workout: an athlete can choose to mark a specific point during the workout (additional icon at the top right of the screen) and display it on the graph with the aim of providing the coach one or more feedback on the course;
- chance to pair saturation detection system such as Moxy or other pulse oximeters and save the data that will be displayed by the MD WiFi APP;
- ANT+ remote control setting: chance to pair (directly from the APP) the ANT+ buttons to control the + and – during the workout with the support of the Virtual Gear.
With the advancement of technology and in order to meet the numerous needs of our coaches, MagneticDays has added a fundamental piece to its mosaic and expand the horizons of training plans. From the concept of the Cyber Test Software, the now famous program created by MD engineers and coaches for writing customized HTT workouts, MagneticDays takes an important step forward with the creation of Coaching Cube Software, the new platform completely online and usable from PC, Mac, tablet and smartphone. How to use it? It’s simple: all you need is an Internet connection. Coaching Cube represents a huge step forward from many points of view. You can already understand it from the name, “CUBE”, a way of training in three directions: Outdoor, Indoor and MagneticDays Philosophy.
Coaching Cube Software, FEATURES & ADVANTAGES
Coaching Cube is the unique software designed on the needs of coaches, to scientifically train both indoor and outdoor athletes. Among the main features and advantages we mention:
. it works on the MD site, therefore compatible with all browsers and on any operating system;
. possibility to be used from a PC, Mac, tablet or a smartphone;
. constant and immediate updates;
. simultaneous use with two different accesses;
. unlimited number of users to manage;
. possibility of writing indoor workouts (.FIT) to be performed on any smart trainer;
. use of all indoor work management options with JARVIS smart trainer;
. management of 8 types of tests for indoor and outdoor* with detailed and customizable analyzes and reports for each test;
. comparative analysis of values obtained from multiple tests for an accurate evaluation of the athlete;
. possibility of writing an outdoor workout for different disciplines and sending files on various platforms (ex: Garmin Connect);
. receiving feedback of the workouts performed with subsequent analysis and reports;
. writing training plans;
. possibility of using the KUBIOS analysis on cardiac variability in dynamics to obtain information on recovery.
* (Incremental Power Test, Power Cadence Test, Wingate Test, Lamberts Test, FTP Test, Joule Test, Mader Test for Indoor cycling + Outdoor swim and run)
Among the innovations of the online Coaching Cube Software, you have the possibility to write an outdoor workout for cycling, triathlon and combined, swimming, gym and much more. An option that makes Coaching Cube software more powerful than the most popular ones on the market. But there is more: every outdoor workout can be customized just like the indoor ones by entering the values of each individual user / athlete. There are many practical possibilities for coaches in terms of data, training management and compatibility: from creating a monthly planning to providing a .pdf with selected workouts, to being able to preview the intensity of each workout and pre-determine the workloads of each user / athlete. In short, it is all the experience of the MD coaches at the service of those trainers who want to offer both an indoor and outdoor service, tailored to the most varied needs.
Coaching Cube, INFO & COSTS
The Coaching Cube online Software is managed only by subscription for € 39 per month including VAT and is totally free for athletes.
For the coaches there are no additional costs, just create a free account on the MagneticDays website to take advantage of the cloud data exchange system and have everything in a single space, simplifying management and reducing writing times and communication with the user. Furthermore (it’s not a small thing), the subscription can also be activated only in the periods of acutal use (eg: 1 month, 2 months, etc.) and has no limits in the number of athletes to be managed, because they are assigned at the time of registration after entering the Coach code.
The company (upon reservation by mail or telephone) is available via ZOOM every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 3pm for detailed information about the platform. For the use of the software, online courses will be available that can be purchased in the MagneticDays website shop.
MagneticDays is happy to present 3 new accessories for indoor cycling training with JARVIS available now on MD shop: the Floating Trainer Platform for JARVIS, Bottle Holder / Towel Holder and the amazing Desk Indoor Training. What are the peculiarities? Let’s see them together.
The floating trainer platform for JARVIS – realized to host JARVIS smart trainer and ROLL BAR – guarantees greater comfort both when seated and, above all, when not seated, making training with MagneticDays less traumatic and more realistic. Thanks to the mobility of the bike, you will be able to activate all your core muscles to keep it in balance and improve the transfer of power on the pedals.
And let’s not forget comfort, one of the most important factors during an indoor cycling session. So, the TABLE PLUS MagneticDays bottle and towel holder desk complete and make your indoor training station more comfortable. Their three round compartments have been designed to accommodate the recovery meal bottle and shaker. The longitudinal cut, on the other hand, is for the towel during training so you can always have it at hand-
And then, a multifunctional station designed for your indoor sessions, one desk, many functions: with the MagneticDays Indoor Training Desk, you can train comfortably and keep all the accessories you need for your indoor cycling experience close at hand on the non-slip surface. Thanks to the adjustable top equipped with cable holes, you will always be able to check your training on your PC or tablet.
“The MagneticDays offer is constantly evolving – the MD CEO Marco Sbragi said – so, we can’t fail to satisfy even the less scientific but more experiential part of indoor training. These last three accessories are just some of the news coming to our e-commerce”.
The MagneticDays family welcomes two new products, similar in aesthetics but different in functionality. The FORZA PURA EASY and FORZA PURA REHAB independent bike cranks were born in the mechanical laboratories in Tuscany, in collaboration with the endurance champion Nico Valsesia. These two independent cranks, together with the FORZA PURA classic model, complete a unique line on the market and aim to fulfill the most diverse needs: from the athlete who minds the smallest detail, to the one who is taking the first steps towards different ways of training, up to rehabilitation from injuries. But let’s go in order.
Difference between FORZA PURA EASY and FORZA PURA REHAB bike cranks
Compared to the classic model, the FORZA PURA EASY and FORZA PURA REHAB show some differences. First of all the FAST & EASY system, which is the mechanism that allows switching from the classic mode (locked to the bottom bracket) to the independent one. In the classic model it can be operated via a small semi-automatic lever. In the case of the EASY model the lock / release mechanism is represented by a knob that can be operated manually, through which it is possible to free the crank from the bottom bracket and vice versa. The three available lengths remain unchanged (170, 172.5 and 175 mm), adjustable through a threaded bush located in the coupling of the pedals.
On the other hand, the approach to the FORZA PURA REHAB bike cranks is different. It was created to facilitate the entire rehabilitation process of patients who have suffered major trauma to the joints, or who have to undergo postoperative rehabilitation or need to get surgery with strengthened muscles, thus significantly reducing the post-operative hospital stay. The only difference with the EASY model is in the length. FORZA PURA Rehab can vary from 80 to 180 mm, thus allowing perfect adjustment according to the type of movement allowed to the patient. By shortening the crank arm up to 80 mm, for example, you already have the possibility to take advantage of the minimum range of movement that you normally have from the second / third post-surgery day. Step by step, increasing the adjustment by 2.5mm each time, the patient can gradually resume movement. The FAST & EASY manual system also remains unchanged.
REHAB, like the CLASSIC and EASY models, stimulates muscle groups normally excluded when cycling. Depending on the type of exercises performed, including single leg, it is possible to act on the quadriceps, hip flexors, knee extensors, hamstring, ileus psoas, calf, tibialis, abdominals, gluteus and gluteus medius.
“Nico Valsesia was the first athlete to use a REHAB prototype created for his post-surgery – said MD CEO Marco Sbragi – and when we saw how useful the cranks were in his recovery, we decided to start it producing it with the idea that medical centers, rehabilitation centers and hospitals can take advantage of a product that, as for Nico, has proved essential to returning to the level of physical activity after a delicate surgery “.
Heart rate variability analysis is the latest innovation available with the 3.2.0 release of the MagneticDays App, online from today for iOS and Android. This new update introduces the reading of another useful parameter for both the athlete and the coach. Through the heart rate, in fact, we can understand how much the training has weighed with respect to the external load (Watts expressed). But let’s go in order. First of all, here’s what to do in order to use this new parameter:
- have the JARVIS firmware update to version 36
- have the MD WiFi App updated to version 3.2.0
- have an MD heart rate monitor or other belt that can record RR interval*
- sit still for 3 minutes before the training begins, to monitor the basal level
- sit still for 3 minutes after the training ends, to see the difference from the baseline
- have at least 80% of the data reading available (the App provides this indication by changing the color of the HRV icon during training: RED for insufficient data, YELLOW for average sufficient data, GREEN for sufficient data)**
*The RR interval is the time between one heartbeat and the next, expressed in milliseconds.
**Data reading refers to the optimal heart rate reading while wearing a heart rate monitor.
The new heart rate variability analysis function is included by default for all HTT workouts. But it’s only valid once. In all other cases (repetition of the same HTT workout, self-managed or self-calibrating workout, own workout or workout received from other Coaches), it is available after purchasing a specific package of 20 analyzes from the online shop for €25. It will be up to the user to choose which training to analyze. On the “activities” page of your personal account, you can will see the number of analyzes available.
The heart rate variability (HRV) analysis in indoor training with JARVIS smart trainer
“Heart rate variability – explains MD Coach Luca Bianchini – has been a consolidated parameter for quite some time. In recent years, thanks to research and the development of new software, it’s been possible to dig deeper into its characteristics. Adding the heart rate variability analysis in indoor training with JARVIS smart trainer MagneticDays – continues Coach Bianchini – allows you to have an additional evaluation tool on monitoring training and on controlling the athlete’s recovery. The post-training analysis allows you to identify other parameters such as respiratory frequency and / or quantification of the internal load“.
The new MagneticDays indoor cycling video entertainment platform, MDVIDEO.TV, keeps adding new content. In fact, the first season of the series called SHOWCASE MD is now available online: 6 episodes, of about four minutes each, in the company of Coach MD Massimiliamo Sellini. A small journey to discover all the technical and functional details of some of the most innovative accessories made in our factory in Foiano della Chiana (Arezzo, Tuscany). From indoor training support to biomechanics, a precise, accurate and passionate overview explained in simple words by Coach Sellini, with his twenty-year experience in the world of cycling as a former athlete, biomechanist and coach.
“Our video platform wants to offer more and more quality content – said CEO MD Marco Sbragi – and that is why we also wanted to include a part dedicated to the in-depth study of some of our products that can be used in conjunction with JARVIS smart trainer and the main accessories. We hope to satisfy the interest of those who already follow us and stimulate the curiosity of those who have not yet tried the MD world”.
Postural rebalancing and athleticization, maximum and explosive strength and resisting strength. These are the three new personalized training packages – named MD CYCLING AND GYM TRAINING – available from today in the MagneticDays shop. But there is something new. The main feature is that they combine Self-Managed Workouts to specific exercises to be carried out in the gym. Each package includes:
. videos with the correct execution of the exercises in the weight room (available in PREMIUM mode by logging in with your username and password on our MDVIDEO.TV platform);
. training sheet in .pdf file (6-weeks work);
. 6 Self-Managed Workouts combined with dry exercises.
Once the package has been purchased, the customer will receive the training plan as a .pdf file on their personal account. The .pdf will contain both the exercises done in the gym combined with those done on the JARVIS smart trainer. “We believe that cycling training can be improved even more by including some basic training at the gym – said MD CEO Marco Sbragi – and that’s why we decided to create training packages – the special price of euros 100 – that also include this factor. Because customization is the basis of the MagneticDays philosophy.“
After the chance to import a workout as .FIT extension, MagneticDays introduces new possibilities for importing workouts like .ERG, .MRC and .ZWO extension.
Here’s how to do. Open your personal account on the MD website, clic on UPLOAD and select the option UPLOAD FILE ERG – MRC – ZWO as shown in the image below. More info are available on the guide line downloadable here. This procedure is also valid for the old MagneticDays trainers model.
After having to pause for a year because of the pandemic, the training camps of InBiCi Magazine are back. The Italian publishing group, which is the go-to magazine for many two-wheel enthusiasts – from cycling to cycle tourism – and MagneticDays have been partners since 2020.
The first appointment is from 12 to 19 February 2022 in Altea, Costa Blanca (Spain). This is one of the most popular destinations for both World Tour teams and amateur cyclists, who find the ideal weather conditions in this area to train in the winter.
MagneticDays will participate in a double role: in person, with MD Coach and former professional cyclist Raffaele Illiano, and via online conference, with MD Coach Luca Bianchini: “I am thrilled to be able to host MagneticDays again in our training camps with two great coaches who will give an even greater value to the indoor experience – explains the president of the InBiCi publishing group Maurizio Rocchi – because we are talking about a reality with a consolidated tradition and an innovative mentality, which maintains a highly artisan ground while positioning itself in the premium range of smart trainers and customized indoor cycling training programs.”
MD CEO Marco Sbragi echoes: “For us, the training camp formula is a way of communicating face-to-face both the company values and the infinite possibilities offered by the JARVIS indoor training system, which is increasingly adaptable to the needs of athletes of all levels – both technically and commercially.“