I submitted this to the podcast so maybe it’ll get answered, but I’m curious about the group thoughts as well.
So in short, I’m 6ft, ~155 with an FTP around 3.2w/kg (220.)
I’m happy with my gains and continue to work on that. At the same time, I’ve seen untrained riders come in with an FTP equal or higher than mine (albeit at a much lower w/kg) with a higher body weight.
This got me thinking: We all talk about w/kg in terms of a measurement after the fact, but I don’t think I’ve seen much discussion in terms of increasing weight for the outcome of a higher absolute FTP. As a triathlete, I’d be willing to trade away a little climbing ratio for some higher absolute FTP on the flats.
That said: I’m aware that simply adding weight (fat) won’t give me more power, of course.
I’m also aware that the podcast has dicussed that strength training isn’t necessarily worth it, compared to more time on the bike. So where is, specifically, that added body weight equates to higher absolute output? Or does it even? I’ve been riding more than a decade, and my body weight is pretty stable, so I don’t see myself adding a bunch of weight just through cycling at this point.
So, in short:
- Is it worth it to add body weight for the goal of increasing absolute FTP?
- If so, how should a person go about that? Low rep strength training with the goal of hypertrophy?
EDIT: To be clear, I still know I have lots of gains on my current FTP as well. This isn’t intended to be an either or, but more of a “Both?”