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Noun, Verb

Threshold Training is a type of interval training used to improve aerobic fitness.

Example usage: 'After completing my threshold training, I felt like I could cycle all day.'

Most used in: Triathlons in the United States.

Most used by: Triathletes and endurance cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: FT60, FTP, Sweet Spot Training, Lactate Threshold Training,


What is Threshold Training?

Threshold Training is a type of cycling training that focuses on improving the cyclist’s ability to sustain a higher intensity for a longer period of time. It is a form of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) that works to improve the cyclist’s aerobic and anaerobic capacity. This type of training is usually done in the form of intervals, where the cyclist alternates between a high intensity and low intensity effort.

The goal of Threshold Training is to improve the cyclist’s lactate threshold. Lactate threshold is the point at which the body begins to produce lactic acid faster than it can be removed from the bloodstream. This can lead to fatigue and ultimately a decrease in performance. By improving the cyclist’s lactate threshold, they can sustain higher intensities for longer periods of time.

Studies have shown that Threshold Training can lead to an increase in performance of up to 10-20%. It is an effective way to improve a cyclist’s aerobic and anaerobic capacity, as well as their ability to sustain higher intensities for longer periods of time. It is important to note that Threshold Training should be done in moderation, as it can be a very intense form of training.


The Origin of the Cycling Term 'Threshold Training'

The term 'Threshold Training' was first used in the early 1990s in the United States. It was coined by Dr. Ed Burke, an exercise physiologist at the University of Colorado. Burke was researching the effects of training at different intensities on cyclists' performance.

Burke's research focused on the intensity of 'anaerobic threshold', which is the point at which a cyclist is no longer able to sustain an aerobic effort and must switch to anaerobic activity. Burke's research showed that training at this intensity could significantly improve a cyclist's performance. He coined the term 'Threshold Training' to describe the practice of training at this intensity.

Burke's research on Threshold Training has been widely adopted by cyclists around the world and is now a popular training technique. It is used by professional cyclists and amateur cyclists alike as a way to improve their performance.

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