Sufferfest 4DP?

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whydobearsxplod
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by whydobearsxplod

I've been getting some e-mails from sufferfest promoting "FTP is Dead" and "Four Does More" and something abbreviated 4DP. A video attached to the e-mail shows one of the coaches throwing a binder of FTP-based Workouts in the trash.

Seems whatever they are moving to is launching October 16th.

Anyone care to venture a guess at what they are up to?

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chipomarc
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by chipomarc

Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.

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by Curious George

Have the beta, haven't used it yet.
It's the modern way of thinking about power-duration....

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by whydobearsxplod

Could it be "four data points"?


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chipomarc wrote:Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.


Mine, actually.

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by whydobearsxplod

Watched a new video on 4DP. I'm going to stick with my guess that this is "4 data points". Maybe something like 10 sec, 1 min, 4 min, 20 min to get a better power curve?

Could be 4 min "duration power" though? Tacking on just 4 min to ftp?


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http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/f ... ing-51020/

I'm interested, I know I can pack punches above my FTP so would probably benefit from some harder training above 100%.

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I'm getting: "Article Not Found" from that link.


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acoggan wrote:
chipomarc wrote:Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.


Mine, actually.


:o :?:
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whydobearsxplod wrote:I'm getting: "Article Not Found" from that link.


From Zwift to TrainerRoad, most of the popular training apps center around your Functional Threshold Power (FTP), or the maximum power you can sustain for one hour. But The Sufferfest claims FTP isn't the way to go, and the training company has a new metric called Four-Dimensional Power.

Designed in collaboration with Neal Henderson and Mac Cassin of APEX Coaching, the 4D Power program uses four metrics to create a power profile that identifies rider type to help guide their training.

Most training apps use FTP to calculate efforts and interval intensities over the course of a workout. For instance, a tempo workout will prescribe intervals at around 75 percent of your FTP, and VO2 Max workouts will have efforts at something like 120 percent of your FTP.

“FTP only measures sustained aerobic ability and is a poor predictor of how an athlete produces power above threshold. It doesn’t tell you how well someone can sprint, deliver repeated attacks, tackle punchy climbs or launch a solo breakaway,” Henderson said.

"Looking at anything below FTP, the (power) zones are very similar from person to person," Cassin continued. "As soon as you go north of FTP the variation in the population is just massive, there are guys who are really good at sprints who can put down big watts but struggle with long efforts, and then you get other guys who can do eight minutes way harder than they should be able to based on their FTP, but can't sprint."

Herein lies the inherent problem with FTP training, based on FTP alone there is no way to know what a rider is capable of when they go beyond that number. As Henderson put it, it's a bit like buying pants just based on waist size.

"You know they may fit around your waist but if its 30in long and you need a 36in length, then those pants don't fit anymore," he chuckled. "Just like the right FTP will not fit the same workout dependent on your neuromuscular, max aerobic power, and anaerobic capacity abilities. So what we are doing is setting thresholds for those metrics above FTP that are better targeted to the individual's capacity."

Through The Sufferfest App, 4DP uses a fitness test called Full Frontal, which was developed by Henderson over years working with top-level athletes across many disciplines.

The test is broken up into four types of efforts — neuromuscular, anaerobic capacity, maximal aerobic power, and FTP — and the sequencing is designed to not only better isolate your FTP but also gauge your other physiological systems above threshold.

The results are compiled into a 4DP profile which identifies what type of rider you are based on your strengths and weaknesses —Sprinter, Attacker, Pursuiter, Time Trialist, Climber or Rouleur — and highlights specific areas for improvement.

"In just a flat 20min FTP test, you can't tell if your aerobic ceiling is super low and you need to work on it, or if your ceiling is really high and you need to be doing nothing but sustained stuff," Cassin said. "With this testing protocol, you can look at the results and say, OK you want to be doing a criterium and your five second (power) is great, but you one minute (power) is really bad. Knowing that you're not necessarily going to be doing a bunch of sprints, instead, you want to be doing more anaerobic capacity training."

From there The Sufferfest App will take the results and tailor each workout based on your specific numbers, so that you get the most effective intervals based on your individual capacity.

"The customisation of workouts is huge and something that you could really only do with a coach before. The most beneficial part of Full Frontal, you can really get a clear picture of where someone stands fitness wise and the test highlights what sort of training they should be doing based on their goals," Cassin told BikeRadar.

"I think it's going to be a game changer for those people who don't want to hire a coach for themselves and want to do it all on their own. It gives them a blueprint of where they are and where they need to be headed with their training."

The new 4DP training system is now available through The Sufferfest App which also includes Mental Training, Yoga for Cycling, Nutrition and Training plans, and full access to The Sufferfest’s full library of training videos.

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Conza wrote:
acoggan wrote:
chipomarc wrote:Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.

Mine, actually.

:o :?:

:shock: AKA Dr. Andrew Coggan PH.D.
Might I suggest you browse one of the articles authored by the quoted forum user above: What Is Functional Threshold Power?
Michael - The Anaerobic Threshold is neither...

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by dmulligan

Conza wrote:
acoggan wrote:
chipomarc wrote:Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.


Mine, actually.


:o :?:
Let me Google that for you: http://www.peakscoachinggroup.com/DrAndrewCoggan

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by TheKaiser

So cool to have acoggan right here on the forum!

On the 4dp topic, there are some pretty in depth comments both from critics and a Sufferfest coach on that bikeradar article now. The link seems to be working for me, not sure why it didn't work for an earlier poster. Here it is again: http://www.bikeradar.com/news/article/f ... ing-51020/

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by whydobearsxplod

Looks like they are using 5s, 1min, 5min and 20min. Close to what I expected.

I will probably try this out, but I'm not that intrigued. FTP and W' are working well for me at the moment.


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ms6073 wrote:
Conza wrote:
acoggan wrote:
chipomarc wrote:Whatever it turns out to be it will be another rip off of Hunter Allen's work.

Mine, actually.

:o :?:

:shock: AKA Dr. Andrew Coggan PH.D.
Might I suggest you browse one of the articles authored by the quoted forum user above: What Is Functional Threshold Power?


It is very interesting that Dr. Coggan never refers to FTP as being 95% of a 20 minute test. If this is the case perhaps I have built all of my training zones off of a value that is artificially high which would in-turn make my performance management chart inaccurate as well.

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