Does anyone know why some cadence-focused workouts have only a one or two rating for the neuromuscular focus area?
For example, “Sustained High Cadence Efforts,” “Cadence Pyramid (Drill Bits),” and “FTP/MAP High Cadence: 6x1” all have only a one out of five rating for neuromuscular focus, even though they mention neuromuscular adaptations in the workout description. Meanwhile quite similar workouts such as “Cadence Builds” and “Cadence Builds and Holds” have a five out of five rating for neuromuscular focus.
Is this an error, or is there a particular reason that some of these SYSTM cadence workouts have less efficacy for neuromuscular adaptions?
@Namaku My guess is that there are two reasons: (1) the work is really more sub-threshold focused in both workouts so more focused on FTP and (2) while it is true that you are building neuromuscular adaptations via varying cadence (especially the high cadence work) you aren’t really targeting NM as defined by 4DP - higher cadence and higher watts.
But the other cadence-focused workouts also have sub-threshold power targets, yet still a five out of five rating on the neuromuscular focus (for example, Cadence Builds as below):
@Namaku Right but note that the targets in that workout are well below threshold and the intervals are very brief. I am just guessing here and maybe a coach can provide more detail.