Strength training is under appreciated by most of you runners out there!
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STRENGTH TRAINING - This is probably an obvious one, but one that needs to be mentioned because it is so vital for a successful season.
Why strength training?
1. Your speed and endurance are built off the foundation of strength. The more strength you have the longer and faster you will be able to push yourself when the season is in full swing.
2. While your training has decreased significantly in off-season, you will have more time to devote to increasing muscular strength.
3. Injury prevention is a key benefit of strength training. The stronger your are, the more stable, balanced, and capable your muscles, ligaments, and tendons will be.
4. Sarcopenia is the natural loss of muscle mass that happens to people over the age of 35. We are talking half a pound of muscle mass per year starts to disappear. Some of us need all the half of pounds of muscle that we can get. 😅
5. Improving your body mechanics, posture, balance, and coordination is a natural side effect of a good a strength routine.
NOTE: As you incorporate strength routines, focus on developing triathlon specific muscles. Disco muscles may look cool, but they will not help you on race day.
Strength training is primarily an activity of off-season, although in-season has specific benefits. During your racing season, strength training will minimize your top end speed sessions as well as overall endurance due to muscle fatigue.
That's why it's the perfect time to hit the gym. The holiday pies are around the corner, and your body needs some strength. Win-win. Plus, when race season comes around, you will be sporting the 8-pack, buns of steel, and whatever else you always dreamed of. 😁🤙🏼
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