In this article we'll be going over how the Personal Trainer creates a training schedule just for you. This includes:
Understanding the Schedule
When you start a personalized training session the Personal Trainer selects six exercise levels and creates what’s called a schedule. By default, the Personal Trainer takes into account 29 BrainHQ exercises when creating a schedule. The number of exercises the Personal Trainer uses to create a schedule can be altered by setting a custom focus.
The Personal Trainer balances a number of factors to select the specific levels for your session:
- The Personal Trainer prefers to give you levels where you have the most room to improve, compared to your performance goals.
- The Personal Trainer prefers to give you multiple different exercises within a session.
The Personal Trainer generally tries to put exercises first where you have the greatest opportunity for improvement, and this measure typically changes from session to session depending on your last training session.
The levels the Personal Trainer selects for you are shown on the Personal Trainer screen. Generally you will see six levels, all from different exercises.
Note the repeating pattern in the image below - the first exercise is Eye for Detail, followed by the other five exercises in the schedule, followed by Eye for Detail again signaling the start of a new schedule.
The sequence of exercises shown represents the order in which the Personal Trainer will present exercises to you. In a given session, you may train on a few of them or many of them, depending on your training goal for the week and depending on how many times you repeat each level. The graphic does not mean that you will do every exercise shown.
If there is an exercise that you would like to skip for the time being, it can be skipped by directly clicking on the level you instead want to train on.
Over time, exercises will be removed from the schedule and new exercises introduced to the schedule, so that eventually you train on all of the exercises.
Retiring or Returning to a Level
Whenever you complete an exercise level, the Personal Trainer decides if it should return it to you again in the future. or retire the level.
A level gets returned to your schedule if you did not reach your performance target for that level. If you haven’t scored high enough, that means that the exercise is challenging, which is good! Returning to a previous exercise level for more training is a good sign that you’re training at the right level for your brain.
A level gets retired when you’ve reached your performance target for that level. The Personal Trainer wants you to advance to new or more challenging levels, so if you’ve scored high enough consistently on a level it won’t want you to repeat it.
By default the Personal Trainer wants you to earn at least 3 stars on each level before retiring the level. This can be changed by setting a custom focus.
Retiring an Exercise
Once you have retired a certain number of levels in an exercise, the Personal Trainer will remove that exercise from the active set and add a new exercise. By default, this happens after you retire 10 levels in an exercise. You can also directly set this value in the Custom Focus via the Breadth/Depth setting. Even though this is in the custom focus, this setting applies to any focus you select. If you set this to a lower value, you will move through exercises more quickly and do fewer different levels in an exercise before you are introduced to a new exercise; if you set this higher you will move through exercises more slowly and do more different levels in an exercise before you are introduced to a new exercise.
For further information, please refer to our series of articles about the Personal Trainer: