Case Story: VO2 Max Power Increased 59W In 12 Weeks

I really like the concept of power meter training. It makes it possible for me to convert my knowledge about exercise physiology to the best possible training for my riders.

Let me show you an example that demonstrates what I talk about.

Gonzalo Vilaseca from Spain is an experienced rider who had been riding quite seriously the last 3 years before he participated in the Power Meter Project 2007 here on Training4cyclists.com. Before he started out on my 12 week training program he was able to perform 357W/5min and 321W/20min with a body weight of 73kg.

Quite impressive numbers so it was no easy task for me to make him significant stronger in only 12 weeks. I decided to put the most focus on building a large aerobic engine. In old days (and still found in most standard training programs) such an engine was period with long slow distance training without intervals, but I let Gonzalo test one of the newer training strategies with more intensive training.

Actually it was a quite intensive training program with intervals every second day. These intervals were designed to increase his VO2max and aerobic endurance.

I’ve used similar technics in my two latest training programs: 12 Week Winter Training Program and VO2 Max Booster Program. The VO2 Booster program though is an extreme, short and focused demonstration of how you can use a power meter to increase your VO2 max.

We know that well trained riders need intervals with an intensity close to their VO2 max to make further progress. You might wonder why I keep telling you this, but lets look at the results from Gonzalo:

The hard work payed of and he made some impressive results. His 5min maximum power went up to amazing 416w (+59W) and still weighing only 73kg. His 20min maximum power made a significant increment from 321 to 342w. I think these numbers speak for themselves.

You can read an interview with Gonzalo here.

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2 comments… add one
  • hi jesper, you probably right in what you are saying, but be careful of many intervals sessions per week, it will squeeze your boy, i probably
    go for 2 session per week in the pre.comp. and then perior to the race,
    i go for 2 but with less duration, and it depends what sort of race you are
    aiming for my friend…

    yours sencerly abdulla jaber
    head coach -bahrain cycling team

  • @Abdulla

    I guess most serious riders perform intervals two times per week, but they also participate in a race in the weekend. That makes it a total of at least three intensive days per week and that works fine for most people.

    Best regards,

    Jesper

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