There are so many benefits of adding Strength and conditioning into your training plan and it is a vital part of multi sport training that often gets overlooked.
As triathletes we tend to focus our time and energy on swimming, biking and running, moving our bodies in one single plain of movement in all three disciplines and forgetting the all important foundations. We steer clear of the gym, lifting weights and strengthening our body’s due to fear of not spending those precious hours on the three disciplines, not having enough time in the day or for women ‘fear of bulking up’. Which I can guarantee, will not happen!
Overall, we want to improve our athletic performance and to do this we need to improve our strength, power and overall speed.
Not only does strength and conditioning help our performance on race day, but it can also help keep you injury free for the rest of the year, which let’s face it, that’s what we all want! How many of you reading this have been injured in the past 6 months or year and have had to put training off for a while due to injury and little niggles?? and how many of you say saying ‘yes that’s me’ have attended weekly strength and conditioning training? Hmmm...
Injuries are more often than not caused by muscle imbalances and weaknesses in certain areas of the body or by repetitive overuse or overdevelopment of certain muscle groups. By adding strength and conditioning into our training plans, we strengthen the muscle tissues themselves as well as all the connective tissues such as your ligaments and tendons.
The best thing about Strength and conditioning training is that the more you do, the more swimming, biking and running training you can do and hopefully injury free too!
So what are you waiting for, get yourselves booked in for your weekly strength and conditioning session, with the added benefit of stretching and even a little relaxation at the end!