Hi all, recently, I was in a group conversation with other long-time cyclists about peak power and its trainability.
The group was split between 3 proponents:
- Some said Pmax is mostly NOT trainable, and it’s largely based on genetics, muscle composition, and how “fresh” you are for the Pmax effort.
- A second group said Pmax IS trainable through specificity, fueling, strength training, and most are capable of adaptations with the right training plan.
- Third group was unsure.
I’m in the 3rd camp.
However, everyone in the group agreed it’s possible to train sprinting technique. But once you’ve trained technique, there was division amongst the group on how much can each individual really “boost” their Pmax. This last part is what I’m after.
Can someone knowledgable about this topic provide some insight and clear this confusion?
I’m early on into researching this topic, but I’m quickly facing conflicting information or find myself going down rabbit holes that don’t come to any concrete conclusions.
I’m particularly interested because I’m a Vo2max sprinter by this article. Very very low Pmax, but large kicks in the 2~5min curve. Wondering if it’s possible to boost Pmax and maybe bring the rest of the curve up with it.