Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is defined as the greatest mean maximum power you can currently produce for one hour on your bike. And FTP is without doubt one of the most important body metric along with heart rate, w/kg and cadence.
WHY THE FTP IS IMPORTANT?
Most of us weekend warriors tend to attack our cycling with a mix of under- and over-training. Under-training means you don’t push yourself enough, and your fitness won’t improve much over time. Over-training means you push yourself too hard, prolonging your recovery and fitness gains along with it. FTP provides you with precise training zones, so you always get the maximum return from your time in the saddle. And since FTP is a moving target it also serves as a good marker of how your training is going. You know when your FTP is rising that your fitness is improving and your training is going well.
WHAT DOES AN FTP TEST INVOLVE?
Though an FTP test measures your maximum power output over an hour, the best way to test it is with a 20-minute controlled effort. To do this we set your bike up on a special trainer in our studio, and get you to ride for 20-minutes at your maximum effort (after a 30 minute warmup). We then take your data and subtract 5% to determine what your output would be over 60 minutes - and this becomes your FTP.
HOW OFTEN DO I NEED TO TEST MY FTP?
FTP testing should be every 4 to 6 weeks If you need only this services, you need to make an appointment.