The TrainingPeaks Workout Builder allows athletes and coaches to quickly and easily create structured workouts based on distance or duration and intensity using power, heart rate, pace, or perceived exertion.
Please note, this article discusses how to build a structured workout. For detailed instructions on how to export a structured workout to a device or virtual training platform, read the Structured Workout Export article.
Why Use the Structured Workout Builder?
When a coach or athlete adds a structured workout to a TrainingPeaks calendar, the Structured Workout Builder outputs calculates, heart rate, or pace target (or range) based upon the athlete's threshold settings and automatically generates workout instructions.
The Structured Workout Builder is an amazing workout library efficiency tool. Since the Structured Workout Builder's interval blocks use percentages of threshold the workout can be added to any athlete and the Structured Workout Builder calculates the correct target range automatically. Build a workout once and never have to look up the correct interval target again - just drag the workout from your workout library to the athlete's calendar.
Lastly, the Structured Workout Builder also automatically predicts TSS values based upon the duration and intensity blocks created in the structured workout. Planning a week to match the TSS suggestions of the Annual Training Plan so fitness, fatigue, and form progress optimally has never been easier.
Building a Structured Workout
- Add a new workout to the calendar or to a workout library
- Click on to open the Workout Builder
- Using the left drop-down menu, select if you would like the workout to be based on Duration or Distance (if Distance is selected you will then be able to choose Miles, Meters, Kilometers, or Yards)
- Using the middle drop-down menu select how the intensity of the workout will be determined
- % Functional Threshold Power
- % Maximum Heart Rate
- % of Threshold Heart Rate
- % Threshold Speed (Pace)
- Rating of Perceived Exertion (0-10 scale)
- Use the right drop-down to select a single intensity target or an intensity range. Selecting Target or Range will set every step in the workout to that mode by default, but individual steps can be toggled between Target and Range within the same workout.
- Begin building your workout by dragging the pre-made workout block templates from the upper part of the window to the Workout Builder Preview Pane. The are 8 blocks available
- Warm up - a steady state block of moderate intensity
- Active - similar to Warm up but with a higher default intensity
- Recovery - a shorter, low-intensity block meant to be used between interval sets
- Cool down - a low-intensity block meant to be used at the end of the workout
- Two Step Repeats
- Three Step Repeats
- Ramp Up
- Ramp Down
- Once a block is added to the preview it's duration or distance can be adjusted by clicking on the right edge of the block and dragging it horizontally in either direction. The intensity of single target blocks can also be adjusted by clicking and dragging the top edge and dragging up or down. Ranges can be adjusted manually in the text editor below the visual editor
- For Two and Three step repeat blocks - adjusting an interval within a block will adjust all of the corresponding intervals in that block
- The number of repeats can be adjusted by clicking the "+" or "-" button in the upper right corner of each block
- An entire block can be duplicated within the workout by clicking the double rectangle icon in the upper right corner of a block and dragging it to somewhere else in the workout
- The details of each block can also be viewed and manually edited below the preview pane in the "Workout Details Editor" section. In this section, the name of each block, as well as notes for each interval or block, can also be added.
- You can also set specific cadence targets for certain sport types for each block in the workout editor (Bike, MTB, Run, Walk). Cadence targets will transfer to 3rd party devices and programs that support cadence targets (Zwift currently and Wahoo Elemnt and Garmin devices in the future)
- You can also set specific steps to “End on Lap button”, which will allow that step to continue on a compatible device until the lap button is pressed to advance to the next step.
A workout built with the Workout Builder can also be converted from one intensity to another. Please note, changing the intensity will update the current workout. If multiple workouts with the same structure need to be created for each of the intensity types, create a copy of the workout first, rename the workout and then change the prescribed intensity.