FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
The key to effective training is the optimization of the ideal time and the ideal load to be given to an athlete, based on their daily physical condition.
SuperOp tells you, day by day, the ideal load for your body at that moment. SuperOp guarantees the optimization of the supercompensation effect and allows continuous improvement of your performances over time.
SuperOp measures your level of metabolic stress, which is due both to the previous training and to other factors such as hours of sleep, stress and illness .
For this reason SuperOp allows you to train with an eye on your health and your well-being.
theSuperOp units supplied from our websiteincludes an integrated Bluetooth wrist sphygmomanometer which links directly to the SuperOp app and is optimized for this specific use.
Alternatively, you can use any wrist sphygmomanometer that you can find on the market. This will not be Bluetooth linked to the SuperOp app.
Login with the SuperOp account you have created via the app and then insert the code you find on the last page of the Quick Guide.
Then click ” Activate ” to activate the service!
If you have an Android device, you can also activate the service by entering the code directly in the app.
If you have another Bluetooth device, you still have to manually enter your data daily.
It has been reported that some Android devices suffer from a problem of interference between Wi – Fi and Bluetooth, which sometimes prevents communication with SuperOp server. This issue is out of our scope for action as it relates to the Android platform.
- In the morning when you wake up, wait 20 seconds, be mentally relaxed.
- Take the device, without getting up and gently and easily place the device on your wrist. Always wear the device on the same wrist (left wrist if you’re right handed and right wrist if you’re left-handed) Place the strap on your wrist, firm but not too tight.
- Relax your arm, along the side of your body. Remain calm and relaxed, choosing open or closed eyes. Always measure in the same way – open or closed eyes. Press the start button.
- Relax until the end of the measurement, which takes about 30 seconds.
- The SuperOp device automatically transfers the data by Bluetooth to your app. If you are using a standard device, save the measurements and transfer them to your app.
The measure may be affected by some temporary conditions, such as those listed below:
– Awakening at a very different time than usual, especially if very early
– Very rude/unexpected awakening
– Awakening in the middle of a dream
In this case, if you realize that your situation is abnormal wait 30 seconds more before making the measurement or, if you have already done so and the values seem particularly strange, repeat the measurement after 30 seconds.
If you move to a seated position, the act of getting up and activating the body, constitutes another variable which can affect your measurements.
In the lying position, the body is more easily positioned in the same relaxed conditions.
In the lying position, the pulse measurement, with your arm by your side, is always at the same height with respect to your heart and your arm and this is an excellent repeatable position.
From the 15th day forwards (of consecutive measurements), the algorithm is able to give you indications, even after a maximum of 10 days without data.
If you do not enter measurements for over 14 days, SuperOp evaluates your current state. If this is similar to the previous measurements, it will give you data after 3 days of new measurements. Conversely SuperOp will require an additional 12 days of measurements before you can optimize your new super compensation.
Keeping it simple, try to measure yourself every day, SuperOp indicators are more reliable, the more frequent the measurements.
If you cannot enter data, then see the previous answer.
Therefore, a disturbed sleep does not help a good recovery and a good super compensation.
If sleep is disturbed the first function to be affected is the central nervous system. This does not necessarily mean that the organic recovery is not sufficient or good.
The parameters which SuperOp takes into account (along with all derivative indices and the mathematical and statistical calculations) mainly comprises the organic-metabolic recovery of tissues and organs. So, if recovery is good, the reading will not be affected. Morning sensations, may be linked instead mostly to the central nervous system, and in this case, not coincide with the actual condition of the organic recovery.
If the sleep disturbance lasts for several days, then the periphery, that is, the tissues, could become difficult and the indicatorsfrom SuperOp begin to suggest less onerous training loads.
However, if you have a disturbed sleep on a fairly regular basis, (besides trying to investigate the causes with your doctor) the reliability of SuperOp indicators are not distorted, because the system employs at least up to two months data to study the individual better and better.
The first indicators will be provided from day 15 of data collection (if you measure each day). In fact, in this first period of use, SuperOp studies the ways your typical body adaption.
Once this in-depth knowledge has been acquired, SuperOp starts giving to you precise indicators for the ideal training load.
For faster and more accurate results, measure each day. It only takes 1 minute, it’s easy and a great habit to acquire.
We ask you to evaluate the QUANTITY of your workout from the previous day on a scale from 1 (lowest) to 5 (highest).
The QUANTITY traditionally refers to parameters such as: the distance and/or duration of the previous day’s workout.
So answer considering:
the actual duration of training (or both workouts, if you have made two) without considering the breaks;
or, in the case of disciplines such as running , cycling , swimming, canoeing, etc, the distance covered in total.
The maximum score of 5 is equivalent to:
the duration/race distance or the maximum duration/distance you have achieved in training at least once in the last two months.
The intensity refers to parameters such as speed, time, heart rate, perceived exertion, during your previous day’s training.
So answer considering:
the average intensity of the active phases of your workout (or both workouts, if you have carried out both in the same day), without considering the breaks;
or, in the case of disciplines that involve travelling a distance (running, cycling, canoeing, etc.), the average speed at which you travelled during the active phases, without considering the breaks;
or, if you use heart rate, the average heart rate of the active training phases, without considering the breaks.
The maximum score of 5 is equivalent to:
the duration/race distance
or the maximum duration/distance you have achieved in training at least once in the last two months.
This concept is based on the state of dynamic equilibrium, called homeostasis, which regulates all activities of our body. Any condition that disrupts this balance is immediately compensated, to the possibleextent, by an equal and opposite reaction, aimed at bringing the system back in balance.
The fatigue process and deterioration induced by physical exercise, is thus compensated by a series of reactions, it is suitable to increase the regenerative anabolic processes. Such reactions can be interpreted as a defense system that, through them, the body tries to rebuild the lost balance.
Supercompensation is the physiological response to the rupture of homeostatis by the training stimulus. The body can trigger a supercompensation process, which has the purpose of improving the original previous level. The metabolic reserves, metabolism and various anatomical structures, thus do not return to the initial state but, briefly exceeding it and pushing the baseline to a higher value.
Supercompensation is the adaptive rebound above the baseline that allows the athlete to handle the same load or a greater load with ease in the subsequent workouts if the recovery is adequate and the new stress is timed properly.
The result is a continually rising curve pointed toward a higher level of performance.
For Supercompensation to be effective the athlete must be healthy and the training volume, intensity and frequency must be appropriate for that individual athlete. SuperOp is the tool which allows you to assess this.
The condition of homeostatis of an organism is highlighted through the equilibrium values of various parameters, including heart rate, arterial systolic and diastolic pressures.
These two parameters, heart rate and blood pressure, are the easiest and least time consuming for an athlete to check each day to understand how the body can achieve a permanent improvement in the homeostatis.