The German Triathlon Federation chooses INSCYD

DTU (Deutsche Triathlon Union) has started to use INSCYD for their coaches educational programs


(Tägerwilen, Switzerland, 5th July 2018) – The national triathlon federation of Germany (DTU; Deutsche Triathlon Union), a body that consists in a total of 1,537 clubs and 57,926 members, has adopted INSCYD as its main educational tool coaches’ training and development.


“[INSCYD] is a great tool to show coaches how to check if training progress occur, if training method are working and if athletes improve,” says Dennis Sandig, Director of Education for DTU. “I show coaches how to use INSCYD to understand the benefits of training and the adaptations of training. It was a true eye-opener because it really allows us look inside the body.”

The way the DTU has been using INSCYD so far – as an educational tool rather than a performance analysis software – highlights a different, but equally effective and scientifically valid feature of what is now the most advanced sport metabolic software on the market. The data that INSCYD can show to DTU coaches can in fact explain what are the reasons behind specific trainings can also give a proof of whether tailored training plans are actually working.

 Dennis Sandig, head of the coach education program of the DTU, and INSCYD project leader Sebastian Weber

Dennis Sandig, head of the coach education program of the DTU, and INSCYD project leader Sebastian Weber

“If you want to improve special things you can see what is happening inside the body,” adds Sandig. “For example, in Germany coaches don’t know much what VLamax is. One of our points [when using INSCYD] is to show the different ways the body utilizes energy and how training adaptations have an influence on that. How you can focus on what you want to improve: either a high effort for a sprint or Olympic triathlon, or a lower effort for long-distance triathlon.”

VLamax, the metric that indicates the rate of maximum accumulation of lactate in the body, is the most important metric in assessing and developing sport performances. Whether an athlete is training for sprint efforts or for long-aerobic ones, VLamax is in both cases the to-go parameter that professional coaches have been using to improve their performances.


“It’s like a puzzle,” adds Sandig. “We have VLamax, VO2max and other metrics, and then [with INSCYD] you can see how for example 300 watts are generated by each effort because that can be different. It’s important to know how the outcome is produced, so we can show the coaches what it’s important to work on with individual athletes to reach their goals.”

With INSCYD, as proved by the way DTU is using it, you can either apply VLamax to improve athletes’ performances, or to develop their coaches’ knowledge before they apply it to real-world trainings.

INSCYD is the only software that takes into account the energy that comes from all the  three metabolic pathways: aerobic, glycolytic and creatine phosphate. Normally scientists and coaches just take into account the most classic physiological metric, VO2, as the only measure of economy, but they don’t look at the energy that comes from the other energy systems. INSCYD software also calculates specific corrections for fat and carbohydrate contributions within the aerobic system. This feature not only makes INSCYD’s economy tool the only one available on the market, but also a cutting-edge one that is difficult to match with.