6 Important Strength Exercises for Triathletes

An expert triathlon coach shares her top strength moves for injury prevention and body balance

Swim, bike, run, eat, sleep, and repeat.

Training for a triathlon can sometimes feel like a full-time job, and with all of the time spent in the pool, on the bike, and on the road (or treadmill), it might be difficult to fathom how you could possibly fit in time for any more exercise sessions.  

But like with almost any other sport, strength training is an important cross training activity that all triathletes should incorporate as part of a balanced and effective training plan.

Joan Scrivanich, MA, CSCS, is a USA Triathlon and USA Track & Field Certified Coach as well as a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist and the owner of Rise Endurance, a triathlon, running, and fitness coaching service. She says that strength exercises are important for triathletes because they help to prevent injury and “keep the body balanced.”

“Working the core muscles—the abdominals, pelvis, back, glutes, and hips— is especially important for endurance athletes for better running and swimming form,” she said.

For triathletes who want to keep on top of their strength training A-game, Scrivanich recommends the following strength exercises, which she says focus on areas that triathletes are typically weak in.

-Strength Exercises for Triathletes-

1. Single-Leg Box Squat with Hip Hike

2. V-Sit Twist with Medicine Ball

3. Up Down Plank

4. Medicine Ball Woodchop

5. Comerford Hip Complex

6. Stability Ball Leg Curl

Video demonstrations courtesy of Rise Endurance.