TOP 5 BENEFITS OF THE FTP TEST:
1. TRAINING ZONES:
Receive accurate training zones for both power (watts) and heart rate (bpm) which will allow you to train smarter and harder for any cycling or fitness related goal. By training smarter you will be able to adapt and grow faster, seeing quicker results, i.e. more efficient training.
2. ANAEROBIC THRESHOLD:
The test will calculate at which zone your body moves from an aerobic to anaerobic state of exertion i.e. zone 4. This is where lactic acid starts to accumulate in the blood stream and the body switches from burning fat or combination of fat and sugar (glycogen) to 100% glycogen (stored carbs). Knowing this number is super important, especially during sportives and other longer endurance events. You don’t want to tire yourself too quickly by staying in this zone too long and should only be used for shorter periods or towards the end of the ride as you look to finish strong. Smarter training in your correct power zones can push this number up.
3. POWER TO WEIGHT RATIO NUMBER:
This number is probably one of the single best indicators of cycling performance, especially on climbs, and is calculated by dividing the average power you generate during the test by your body weight. There are two ways to influence this number, either by increasing your power output or a reduction in weight. It is a balancing act though as too drastic weight loss can cause significant drops in your power output while too much muscle can result in loss of climbing speed in the mountains. Effective training using your FTP zones should help move this number up alongside a well-structured nutrition plan. Email us if you are interested in discussing how we can improve your nutrition and in turn your cycling.