Featured Workout: FTP Booster (VO2 + SST) Base 2

Featured Workout: FTP Booster (VO2 + SST) Base 2

This is a TOUGH workout, but perfect for the Base phase and for utilizing Zwift as it provides a great amount of training stress in a short amount of time.  This workout is all about improving your FTP.

Workout Summary

We start with a gradual warm-up that includes a few fast spins to wake the legs up.  Then, for the main set, we get into 3×3 minute VO2 efforts with decreasing rest periods to get the aerobic system pumping, and we finish with a long over/under interval at Sweet Spot wattages that feature cadence changes to really hammer the legs and hopefully push you to your limits, but not over!  After all the fun is over, do an easy spin to cool down and finish with some stretches.

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To use this custom workout file, click the link below and save the .zwo file to your computer’s /Documents/Zwift/Workouts directory. Now when you start up Zwift you will see this workout (called “FTP Booster (VO2 + SST) Base 2”) under the Custom Workouts category in the workout picker.

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Who Should Use This Workout?

This workout is appropriate for all riders looking to improve their FTP, but should be done towards the middle to end of your Base phase as it is quite a challenge.  I recommend doing workouts like this 2-3 times per week with an easier day between to allow the body to recover.

If you have years of training and/or are a very fit athlete, you may do this type of workout more frequently as your body will recover faster, however, always listen to what your body is telling you and take rest days as needed.

About The Author

Shayne Gaffney

Shayne holds a bachelors degree in Health Science in Professional Development and Advanced Patient Care, is a licensed physical therapy assistant in Massachusetts, a USA Cycling Level 1 (expert level) certified Coach, a USA Cycling Power Based Training certified Coach, Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified Coach, a US Military Endurance Sports (USMES) affiliated Coach, and USA Olympic Committee Safe Sport certified. He is the owner and head Coach of GC Coaching, Workout Content Editor at Zwift, the creator of P2 Coached Computraining, and the creator of Zwift’s “Build Me Up” Flexible Training Plan.

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