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Threshold Intervals for Cyclists: Benefits, Examples, and Tips for Success

No matter what your goals are—you should be doing threshold intervals. Spending time close to your functional threshold power (FTP) offers extraordinary benefits to your aerobic capacity, muscular endurance, mental stamina, and sustained power capabilities. Not to mention, doing threshold intervals will help to increase your FTP!

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Functional Threshold Power (FTP): What it Means to Cyclists

FTP stands for Functional Threshold Power and estimates the highest average power can sustain for one hour, measured in watts. For cycling, FTP is a measure of fitness and an important metric that indicates the amount of work you can sustain for long durations. Additionally, it’s used to determine power zones that are used in training.

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TrainerRoad head coach Chad Timmerman picks his 5 favorite workouts to improve your FTP

Coach Chad’s 5 Favorite Workouts to Increase Your FTP

Workouts come in all different shapes and sizes, but what if you only had a few to choose from? What five workouts would be the most productive to raise your FTP and make you faster if those were the only workouts you did? We checked in with TrainerRoad’s head coach Chad Timmerman to find out.

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Does FTP Change When Climbing?

Answer: No. When climbing a hill, you may see differences in your body’s ability to express 100% of your FTP, but the experience is not enough to necessitate a different FTP. Why is My FTP More Impressive on Climbs Than Flats? This disparity in performance brought on by these different scenarios can be discouraging and cause…

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How Often Should I Take An FTP Test?

The objective of an FTP (Functional Threshold Power) test is to get an accurate indication of your current fitness level. As you progress through your training plan, your fitness will improve. Since your FTP is used to adjust the intensity of your power-based training to your needs, it’s extremely important that you have an accurate measurement…

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