Do you often find yourself dropped in the wilderness with no way to get home? Do you surge up the hills like Cavendish, but fall off the back of the group at the one hour mark (or sooner)? If so, you may be suffering from a condition known as Low FTP.

If you have trained with power then you already know the important of Functional Threshold Power. Just as pace is the gold standard in running and swimming, power is the best way to measure cycling performance. Even if you’re not a ‘serious’ cyclist, tracking this number is the way to improvements and results!

What is FTP and why should I care about it?

Defined as the maximum power you can sustain for a period of one hour, FTP relates closely to Lactate Threshold. Lactate Threshold is the point where lactate begins to accumulate in the blood.  Think of V02 max as your upper limit of aerobic energy production and FTP as the percentage of that limit that you can sustain. Both are important when predicting endurance performance.

To keep things simple, when you ride above your FTP you will tire quickly, and if you’re riding below FTP you’ll be able to sustain your output for much longer. While V02, FTP and efficiency are all factors that determine cycling performance, FTP is the variable that is both easily measured and trainable.

So now that you know what FTP is and how tracking it can lead to improvements, you’re probably thinking “I gotta jack up my FTP NOW!!!  How do I raise it?”  Great question!…

At Energy Lab, we’re dedicated to taking the thinking out of the equation and letting you focus on turning the pedals. We’ve designed a winter series of classes that will improve your  strength, neuromuscular fitness, technique, endurance, and sustainable power. All you have to do is show up! Our program is structured and periodized by month, so although it’s always best to start early, you can fit in whenever you start.

[table caption=”Winter Series (Starts November 8th)” width=”400″ colwidth=”20|100|50″ colalign=”left|left|center|left|right”]
Month,Phase,Mon/Tues,Wed/Thurs , Weekend,
November,Pre-season, Neuromuscular/Strength, Aerobic, FUN!
December,Pre-season, Anaerobic/VO2 Repeatability, Aerobic, General
January,Power Build, Aerobic/Threshold, Aerobic, General
February,Power Build, Aerobic/Threshold, Aerobic, Specific

Our Winter series of classes focusing on building endurance, strength, and power using your bike with a CompuTrainer or one of our CycleOps bicycles.Participants will make measurable improvements in fitness benchmarks by taking two – three classes per week. Testing will be done at the beginning and end of the series to measure improvement.




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