We started the development of the Boost Engine in June, 2011 and in October 2012 the first version was launched.
The Boost Engine uses a repository of hundreds of well proven training plans
We have thought out, programmed and tested a training plan engine that we believe do not exist anywhere else. We call it “The Boost Engine”. With the Boost Engine we can do a lot of calculations and checks at very low cost and we can repeat the planning, changes of scenarios, simulations and replanning over and over again.
No human coach can change your plan as fast as The Boost Coach.
The Boost Engine uses a repository of hundreds of well proven training plans which are converted into more general training principles for running training. We do not devote ourselves to a single type of training principles, but let you choose among different solutions depending on what matches you the best. We are adding new principles constantly.
On the top of The Boost Engine we have build a lot of dynamic and interactive features, so we can offer you to tailor your training plan both when you start training and when you are on your way - without ever losing sight of your goal.
Tailor-made when you start
We hide all the complexity inside the Boost Engine and ask the runner normal simple questions like how much do you run now, what is your goal, do you want just to complete, to get fit or set a new PB and when do you have time to train.
Our opening questions to set up the personal plan include: goal, running experience, primary focus when racing and training, preferred running principles, wishes to numbers of trainingdays including when to run the long trip, earlier race results, possible test results and more.
When we set up your plan we do a thorough match between what we know about you and your goal and what training principles we have in our large repository. We recommend a preferred training principle to make it easy for you. But we also suggest a top list of different principles, so you can choose between e.g. simple and easy to learn training principles or more complex, efficient and advanced principles. Depending on your choices we set up completely individualized plans with one or more training zones and less or more variations in the training.
We can create completely individualized Boost Plans for every runner based on a lot of questions and inputs combined with a lot of mathematics and rules.
Tailor-made along the way
The Boost Engine also makes it possible to make instant changes and replan your entire trainingplan when you cannot - or do not - want to run as planned. No human coach would be able to do that with such a speed, flexibility and low cost.
It goes without saying that as an ambitious working, realistic and determined runner, there are many ways to reach your goal. So why not use the way that matches you and your everyday life the best?
Whatever changes you do, the Boost Engine checks your historic training load, your goal and all other relevant parameters before it replans. You can compare it with a GPS in your car. If you set it at a target and then miss two roads it immediately replans another route to your target.
You can compare the Boost Engine with a Car GPS with you as the driver. If you set a target but miss a road, the GPS will immediately replan the route and give you a new optimal way to your target.
Focus on minimizing the risk of getting overtrained
With the Boost Engine we put a lot of effort in testing and trying to secure, that you do not get overloaded in your training, as this is one of the main barriers to reach to the starting line as a long distance runner.
We use a general rule of thumb that says: don’t raise load more than 10% per week and per month. This principle is what many standard training programs use, but we have gone a bit further: W base load calculations not only on time and kilometers, but on the effect per training zone.
We call it the Boost Factor and with this we monitor precisely the development in training load on your body. We can raise or lower the Boost Factor by extending or reducing the trips and ensure you won’t get overtrained.
Focus on Injury Control
Injury control is an integrated part of the Boost Plan. The moment you feel any sign of injury, you report it, and we instantly replan your training.
Based on what you tell us about an injury we are immediately able to downgrade your load and plan ahead how we get you on track again. Depending on how severe you describe your injury the Boost Engine adjust only this week or say 6 weeks ahead.
A full stop is far from always the optimal choice, if you want to continue chasing your running goal.
The main principle behind our Injury Adjustment Features is that a full stop in connection with an injury far from always is the optimal choice if you want to continue chasing your running goal. Sometimes a full stop can lead to even longer recovery periods or new injuries when you start running again.
we often recommend that you try to continue running, maybe slower, maybe shorter or maybe with pauses. The replan function will give you suggestions depending on what you tell us.
Another principle behind our Injury Adjustment Features is that your injury must not get worse from trip to trip, it should gradually show improvements, and it must never develop into a constant pain. Many medical experts don’t consider the sports perspective and take the safe road by recommending a resting period. We recommend a trial and error approach to get a closer to the feeling of the injury before choosing the full stop solution.
Advanced shots on predicted finish times
Having all the knowledge in the Engine - combined with your running results, tests and what kind of training you follow - we can give some pretty advanced shots on predicted finish times. We look at your historic results, how long time ago, how representative they are and combine that with the plan you’re following and perhaps a couple of tests.
So the predictions the Boost Engine can make on what you can expect to finish your races in, are extremely well based and much more precise than most services alike.