My Garmin Training Effect Analysis

Since I got my Garmin 610, I’ve become interested in the Garmin Training Effect.  And I get a lot of people coming to my blog after searching on it.  You can read more about what it is here.

I wanted to do a bit of analysis on my Garmin Training Effect, so at the start of the year, I started collating my workouts in a spreadsheet.  

The spreadsheet works for monthly and yearly totals, but also gives me a really good bit of analysis on how the types of activities I do, and my heart rate affect my Garmin Training Effect.

I now have two months worth of data, and here it is:

It shows me that based on the Garmin Training Effect, my runs seem to help Improve my fitness (3.0 – 5.0).  Speed Tempo and Long get a good 4.0, whilst I got just two 5.0’s with last nights Tempo run and a rather challenging long run on the West Highland Way at the end of January

Based on my Heart Rate Training principles, my runs are Aerobic, Effective and Anaerobic.

Walks, Bodypump and Weights tend to come in at 1.0, Aerobic / Easy Recovery.  And Weights, Walks on the WHW, Circuits and Spin come out at 2.0, Maintaining Fitness.

Spinfit and Circuits of 25 x 60 seconds also come out as Garmin Training Effect 3.0, or Improving Fitness.  🙂

All in all it seems a pretty good measure of how the activity I complete affects my heart rate and level of fitness.  It’s pretty interesting for me to see two months worth of data here too.  😀

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5 Responses to My Garmin Training Effect Analysis

  1. Interestingly, the Training Effect that is calculated is relative to the individuals current fitness level. So, if two people of different levels of fitness were to undertake identical exercise sessions of equal intensity and duration then they would be expected to produce different Training Effect values; with the “less fit” person scoring a higher Training Effect value than the “fitter” person. That is to say that the level of intensity and duration of that single exercise session has had a greater effect in improving the cardiorespiratory condition of the “less fit” person than the identical exercise session had on the “more fit” person. This stands to reason I suppose, given that the more we improve our fitness there is a “law of diminishing returns” which comes into effect as more effort is required to produce relative gains in fitness. To determine the persons’ current level of activity the user is initially required to enter an assessment of how regularly they exercise during one week and this value is entered either into the heart rate monitor itself or the computer programme to which the monitor will interface. Thereafter, HRMs such as the Garmin 610 and Suunto Quest (using Firstbeat Technology) will update the activity class based upon the personal historic data of the users’ actual exercise sessions as recorded on their heart rate monitor.

  2. Chris Rees says:

    It’s also true to say that the SAME exercise can have different TE values based on fatigue. The watches use HR variability to ascertain the stress the exercise places on the body.

  3. Liz says:

    Hello, I have the same watch and I love it. The only thing is that I notice that my calorie burn is not as high as those read by Polar watches/heart rate monitors. I am in decent shape and go to boot camp for an hour and most of the time my training effect number is 5 sometimes 4 or in between. And my heart rate average is high, but yet my calorie burn is usually under 430. I see other people posting calorie burns that are close to 1,000 for the same amount of time. And I am comparing to posts with similar workout, similar heart rate average, time and their body weight. I wonder why that is? Has anyone ever asked that or noticed that? Thank you

    • lornpearson says:

      Hi Liz. I did find that when I got my new Garmin the calorie burn seemed to drop. I’m not sure there’s anything we can do about it, or which device is correct. Sorry!

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