Advertisement

What are watts and how do they determine my exercise intensity?

Watts measures the rate of energy conversion. It is defined as one joule per second. In the case of cardiovascular exercise, it is the power that you are producing when training. The more power you are producing, the harder you are working. The best way to explain this power is in calories. When you are producing power, you are burning more calories. This is a very important way to design your program and progressions if you are trying to lose weight. Much like resistance training, you need to slowly overload the muscles and have a recovery period before overloading again. Over time, you will produce more power. For athletes, watts are the key to their sports. The more power you can generate, the faster you can accelerate in a play, the more weight you can push for an offensive lineman in football, or the higher you can jump in basketball. Training your cardiovascular energy system to create this power is very important in achieving your results throughout the game.

Continue Learning about Evaluating & Measuring Fitness

What's the best way to measure my fitness progress?
RealAgeRealAge
It's easy to step onto the bathroom scale every day. However, the number it displays doesn't provide...
More Answers
How can I assess my activity level?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
If you don’t raise your heart rate  or breathing for a combined 30 minutes, five to seven days per w...
More Answers
How do I determine my fitness level?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
There are three exercise factors that reveal a lot about a person's risk of death and disability -- ...
More Answers
What tests are used to assess lower body agility and control?
National Academy of Sports MedicineNational Academy of Sports Medicine
The Shark Skill test measures agility and neuromuscular control in the lower extremities. Start by m...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.