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5 Ways to Improve Your FTP (Functional Threshold Power)

Your Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is a key metric for cyclists, representing the maximum power you can sustain for an extended period. Improving your FTP not only enhances your overall cycling performance but also boosts endurance. In this blog post, we'll explore five effective strategies to elevate your FTP and take your cycling to the next level.



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Structured interval training is a game-changer for FTP improvement. Incorporate 4x4-minute intervals at 110% of your FTP with 4 minutes of active recovery in between. This method stimulates your body to adapt and increase your sustainable power output over time.


Workout Example: "High-Intensity Intervals (HIIT)": Warm-up, 4x4 mins @ 110% FTP, 4 mins active recovery, cool-down.




2. Progressive Overload:

Gradually increase the intensity and duration of your workouts to apply progressive overload. Increase your FTP workout duration by 5-10 minutes every two weeks, gradually pushing your limits.


Workout Example: "Progressive Overload Ride": Start with 60 mins @ 90% FTP, add 5 mins every two weeks.


3. Endurance Base Building:

Building a strong endurance base is crucial for FTP improvement. Include a weekly 2-hour steady-state ride at 70-75% of your FTP to enhance aerobic capacity.


Workout Example: "Aerobic Endurance Ride": 2 hours @ 70-75% FTP, maintaining a steady pace.



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4. Strength Training for Cyclists:

Incorporate targeted strength training to improve muscular endurance and power. Focus on compound exercises that engage key cycling muscles, such as squats and lunges.


Workout Example: "Strength Training Session": Squats, lunges, and core exercises.





5. Recovery and Rest:

Don't underestimate the importance of recovery in FTP gains. Prioritize at least 2 rest days per week, ensuring 7-9 hours of quality sleep and proper nutrition.


Workout Example: "Active Recovery Day": Light cycling or yoga to promote recovery. Ensure a good night's sleep and a balanced diet.



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Putting it All Together:

Step

Best Time of the Year

Frequency (Per Week)

Workout Example

1. Consistent Interval Training

Anytime

1-2 times

"High-Intensity Intervals (HIIT)": Warm-up, 4x4 mins @ 110% FTP, 4 mins active recovery, cool-down.

2. Progressive Overload

Off-season or Base-building Phase

1-2 times

"Progressive Overload Ride": Start with 60 mins @ 90% FTP, add 5 mins every two weeks.

3. Endurance Base Building

Base-building Phase

2-3 times

"Aerobic Endurance Ride": 2 hours @ 70-75% FTP, maintaining a steady pace.

4. Strength Training

Off-season or Maintenance Phase

1-2 times

"Strength Training Session": Squats, lunges, and core exercises.

5. Recovery and Rest

Anytime

N/A (Active Recovery)

"Active Recovery Day": Light cycling or yoga to promote recovery. Ensure a good night's sleep and a balanced diet.

Conclusion:

Improving your FTP is a gradual process that requires dedication and a well-structured training plan. Consistency, progressive overload, endurance building, strength training, and prioritizing recovery are key elements in elevating your FTP. By implementing these strategies, you'll not only enhance your cycling performance but also enjoy a more fulfilling and sustainable riding experience.


Remember, FTP improvement is a journey, not a sprint. Tailor these strategies to your fitness level, stay patient, and celebrate the progress along the way.


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For a more detailed explanation of the FTP improvement process and personalized guidance, book a free 30-minute call with one of our coaches. They'll provide insights, answer your questions, and help you tailor these strategies to your unique cycling goals. Schedule your call now and embark on the path to a stronger, more efficient cycling performance!








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