Multi-Sport Athletes: Don't Skimp on Strength Training
My book, Smart MarathonTraining, is based on a multi-sport philosophy that relies on the complementary nature of cycling and running to produce fitness that is superior to what can be achieved by focusing on one discipline or the other.
Triathletes naturally accomplish this goal through their training and racing, but they still can suffer from instability and weakness in their lateral stabilizers—the gluteus, abductors, and core. These weaknesses can compromise your form, which can affect your performance or sideline you with an injury. Triathletes, like endurance athletes at large, often fail to add adequate strength and balance work into their routines.
These extra training modules, as detailed in my book, can easily apply to those looking to log some smart triathon training, too. By adding as little as 20 minutes twice a week to a training plan (a fairly small time investment for all the benefits that it brings), multi-sport athletes can see significant improvements in performance. These modules work well for triathletes of all levels, helping to maake you stronger and more injury-resistant. Among these additions are:
· Core Training– to strengthen the hips, abs, and lower back, which will support the body through a range of athletic motion, including swimming, cycling, and running
· Strength Training– to build strength in the upper body to help set the cadence for endurance sport movements, as well as to generally support the body in motion
· Sport-Specific Drills– exercises that directly improve form and speed in endurance sport
You probably know some of the basics, and can apply them to your routines right away. In future posts I’ll address specific ways in which all endurance athletes can do targeted workouts to fill this strength gap.