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Brian's Polarized Builder Plan (7hr/wk over 12 weeks) (TID = 70:10:20)

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Author

Alex fastfitnesstips

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Length

13 Weeks

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Plan Description

Welcome to the FFT polarized builder plan based on the science of Seiler. This plan emphasizes low intensity (70%) and high intensity (20%) with some threshold (10%). Many sesions are intervals: Milanovic et al. (2016) reported a greater response to interval training relative to continuous training at equal training volume.

Evidence suggest this might be the idea plan for beginners and improvers. It can be undertaken anytime! We describe it as 8 x 6 x 12 because its roughly a 8hrs per day (max), 6 days per week over 12 weeks. It is best suited to improvers, regular cyclists and advanced who want to raise their aerobic and anaerobic base ready for next season. Not the best for beginners. The latest science shows that time in base training (z1/z2) must be more than time in HIIT (z4/z5) + threshold (z3/z4) but that HIIT should outweigh threshold at least 3:2. This plan combines low, middle and high intensity training in an efficient but manageable training package. The plan is "polarized" using principles of Seiler as follows: low intensity (z1 z2) =70%; moderate intensity (z3 z4) = 10%; high intensity (z5 z6) = 20%. We also have a 10 week and 16 week version. This is power based.

TIPS AND ADVICE
• Establish a regular workout routine
• If the weather is bad, train indoors but don’t skip entirely
• Ride easy on easy session days (probably easier than you think)
• By all means ride with friends but not if they destroy your training plan
• Don’t avoid the training session you are weak at; it is there for a reason!
• Don’t be tough on yourself if you have a bad session
• In each session start moderately, progress firmly and finish strong!
• Have a goal, visualize your goal and know why you are training.

Best of luck from the Fastfitness.tips team!



Training Plan Sample Week

Stats

Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bikex5
7:48 hrs 3:11 hrs
Day Offx2
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Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike
7:48 hrs 3:11 hrs
Day Off
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Training Load By Week


This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Alex Mitchell from FastFitnessTips

Alex from FastFitnessTips

Alex is the creator and head coach at FastFitnessTips. He is a level 3 accredited coach from the UK and also MD and also personal trainer. He is a qualified medical doctor at the University of Leicester UK and very experienced in scientific methods such as meta-analysis and big data. He is active on YouTube/Facebook/Instagram and Strava. He is known for his ability to apply cycling science to cycling and endurance sports.