What is FTP and why it matters for cyclists

What is FTP and why it matters for cyclists

FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power, which is commonly defined as the highest average power you can sustain for an hour, measured in watts. FTP is often used to determine training zones when using a power meter and to measure improvement. BikeRadar 's winter training tips and gear reviews Best smart trainers How to determine your FTP Training programs such as TrainerRoad , The Sufferfest and Zwift (with the Workout option) use FTP to calibrate workout intensities. For example, the programs may call for three-minute intervals at 120 percent of your FTP, with two-minute recoveries in between. Coaches use FTP in the same way — to measure progress and to personalize specific training intensities. This is the same process whether working with Team Sky riders or age-group amateurs. Dr. Andrew Coggan, co-author of Training and Racing with a Power Meter , created the FTP standard as a more practical approach ...

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