Ask a coach: 'What are the most effective workouts for raising FTP?'

A variety of factors determine the maximum power you can put out for an hour - we take you through how to improve each in turn

Male cyclist completing a workout to raise his FTP
(Image credit: Future)

For those of you that read my columns, you have probably guessed by now that I typically use Critical Power (CP) rather than Functional Threshold Power (FTP) as a measure of ‘threshold’ power. And while that the pros and cons of those two concepts is a discussion for another day, ultimately they are both measures of sustainable aerobic performance.

That ability to produce a long of watts for a long period of time is crucial in endurance.

Image shows James Spragg.
James Spragg

Sports scientist and coach James Spragg is one of the experts who will be answering your questions in Cycling Weekly's ASK A CYCLING COACH series which comes out every Wednesday. Working both in research and applied settings, he currently runs Intercept Performance Consultancy

Thank you for reading 20 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1