We swim, bike, run, do yoga, pilates, stretch… The list almost seems endless!
So how do we find the time to include strength training into our routine? Is there such a thing as time effective strength training for triathletes?
Strength training, along with corrective exercises, is important for endurance athletes. Finding the time to include it in your training now will save time in the future by rewarding you with better running form and less injuries.
During your strength sessions, be sure to include corrective exercises that work the areas you’re weak in. For triathletes, that includes the shoulder girdle and core area, in particular the hips and glute medius & minimus.
Here are some tips you might find helpful in reducing any wasted time spent at the gym:
- Keep to a time line. Typically, a strength session is only 30 minutes, depending on what the focus is and where you are in your season.
- Keep the intensity high for quality work.
- Pair exercises by proximity to minimize running around the gym.
- Minimize socializing. As much as we like talking to fellow athletes, this can really increase the amount of time you spend at the gym.
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