Learn more about The PEATS Program

Paddle Sports eBook

Take your paddling performance to new heights by incorporating Critical Power or Critical Speed into your training program. TPE Sports Coaching has two great eBooks to help you design a winning training program.

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Our core book, Critical Speed and the Physiology of Training will give you the tools.
Our new eBook, Paddle Sports: The PEATS Program will give you the specifics to make your canoeing training program work.





The PEATS Program: a brief history

outrigger trainingThe evolution of The PEATS Program began almost 30 years ago as research projects associated with programs for a Masters’ Degree and later for a PhD. All of these projects had either Critical Speed or Critical Power as a central theme, and cycling, kayaking and swimming sports were the individual sports investigated.  Along with this research, my work involved physiological testing of (mainly) elite athletes in a wide variety of sports. It soon became apparent that either Critical Speed or Critical Power could be applied to provide important information to assist with training program design. Initially, the intensity at Critical Speed or Critical Power was used in much the same way as ‘Anaerobic Threshold’ was employed back in those days: athletes had a somewhat vague idea that ‘threshold’ training was important, and had a somewhat vague 'perceived exertion' understanding of what the intensity of training at ‘threshold’ meant. Application of Critical Speed or Critical Power intensity went a long way towards quantifying that intensity, in either heart rate or work rate (power output or speed) terms.

Over time, it seemed a natural progression to develop this into a more complete ‘package’ by the introduction of training zones, a feature of training that was becoming more popular across many sports, particularly swimming. This development accompanied the birth of The PEATS Program, and training zones became an integral component beyond the simple calculation of Critical Speed or Critical Power. In this Program, training zones are labeled Training Intensity Levels or TILs, and can be based on speed (velocity), work rate (watts) and/or Heart Rate. They are determined as zones based on Critical Speed or Critical Power. The calculation of these zones is explained in much detail in our eBook. Click here for more information about this important coaching resource.

One of the major benefits of TILs as applied in The PEATS Program is the ability to quantify training. Training Stress Points (TSPs) were determined for each training level, and from this it is possible to calculate the volume of work in a given training session (or week, or year!) to gain a deep understanding of the overall workload being undertaken.

There are other programs out there which also quantify training, but it is the simplicity of the PEATS system which enables anyone to take it on board and to incorporate the principles into a training program with minimal cost. Yes, it has been around for a long time, but it has the flexibility to incorporate modern developments in athletic training in a low-key, low-cost manner.

The PEATS Program has been applied to athletes aspiring to Olympic selection right down to absolute beginners – it is that flexible! It has this amazing capacity because it takes an individual where he or she is at from the outset, and has the ability to keep in touch with the status of that individual as performance capacity improves, and for the entirety of a career

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