The relationship between VO2 Max and FTP

VO2 Max and Functional Threshold Power (FTP) are distinct but closely related parameters of aerobic fitness that need to be fully understood when programming training. First, it is important to understand them both and where they link together. This doesn’t mean that strength training should be used alone to improve performance; it must be done alongside endurance training in a …

Is my FTP score good?

Functional Threshold Power (FTP) is a key metric benchmark in cycling; it is the highest average power that you can sustain for one hour, measured in watts. It is the most common training metric used by athletes and coaches to determine training sessions and plan programmes effectively when using a power meter or smartphone app. Your FTP score is highly …

Why is strength training needed for endurance athletes? Why is Technique Health and Fitness the best pick to deliver what I need?

Research shows that both low and high-intensity endurance exercise improve as a result of maximal strength and explosive strength training. Without looking too deeply into the science, the key benefits include greater leg strength, greater velocity at VO2 max, improved endurance performance (both short and long-term), enhanced exercise efficiency and improve lactate threshold. All of these key beneficial improvements are …

How to calculate threshold power and different zones

An individual’s Functional Threshold Power (FTP), also known as Threshold Power, is a representation of one’s ability to sustain the highest power output possible over 45 to 60 minutes; and can be determined for an athlete from any level of experience or training. Having regular assessments of FTP can give you a clear indication whether improvements are being made from …

How many rest days should I take during a typical training week?

Why do I need rest days?  How am I going to improve if I am just resting? These are common questions for any athlete to ask, and often a section of training that isn’t taken as seriously as it should be. Resting and recuperating is an essential part of any training programme, whether that is a strength-based, endurance-based or game-based …

How to: taper before a race

A “taper” is an extended period of ‘reduced’ training during a programme, usually lasting between 1 and 3 weeks in the build up to an important competition or meet. Tapers are used to achieve peak performance levels, and to elicit the benefits from the previous training block. Although used by many coaches in many sports, the casual endurance runner may …

Strength training for endurance runners?

What’s the point in runners doing weights in the gym? If the exercises aren’t specific or similar to running what’s the point? Strength training can mean different things to different individuals, but in practice, it is exercising with progressively heavier loads to attempt to increase muscle strength, power, hypertrophy, and/or endurance. Research into using strength training in endurance athletes is …