The latest in indoor personalized training, the Sufferfest takes you into the 4th Dimension. Their new Four-Dimensional Power training takes an individually optimized approach by combining four key performance metrics to develop a deeper rider specific profile. Combining FTP, NM, MAP & AC power metrics, Sufferfest’s 4DP claims to better tailor workouts to the ride for more efficient use of your training time.
Developed together with the training specialists at APEX Coaching over the last year, 4DP is all about personalizing your workout. It combines the core Functional Threshold Power (FTP) metric with a rider’s Neuromuscular Power (NM), Maximal Aerobic Power (MAP), and Anaerobic Capacity (AC) to set individualized power targets. Now your interval training can match your deeply personal rider power profile, not just your most recent FTP test results.
Full Frontal – 4DP testing
To collect the data, 4DP puts you through a new hour-long Sufferfest video test – Full Frontal (like a lobotomy? yikes!) to basically see how you can also perform in shorter efforts like sprints & break aways.
The result creates a rider-specific 4DP profile in your Sufferfest Passport. 4DP then weighs your real power outputs against various riding styles.
Are you a Sprinter, Attacker, Pursuiter, Time Triallist, Climber, or Rouleur? Then the Sufferfest identifies how you can train to improve for specific disciplines. Or for that matter, improve the areas where you already excel. That will mean picking which of their targeted training videos will best help you improve.
The way Apex’s CEO Neal Henderson put it, FTP focused training is good for long sustained efforts. But FTP “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.”
So that’s where 4DP comes in letting you work on the skills you need to win your kind of races. It tailors every effort inside their training videos to your actual performance. Not some guesses based on a one hour FTP figure. Every sprint gets based on your 5 second power, short intervals based on your own 1 & 5 minute powers, and sustained efforts based on your standard FTP.
Of course mixing all that into the user-friendly Sufferfest video training platform, and riders can use their limited time in the pain cave to more efficiently target their limited training time. And with that comes real power improvements that suit an individualized style of riding & racing – a level of training that was almost always limited to riders with elite-level coaching.