You know the feeling. In the process of tapering for races, trying to check off your swimming, cycling and running workouts, and traveling to triathlons, you suddenly realize that you haven' t been to the gym for a long time...a very long time.
Something deep inside you knows that you' re supposed to do *something* to maintain your strength levels. After all, you don' t want your core to turn to jello, your muscular stability to atrophy, and your balance to fade away.
So let' s just say that you *could* make it the gym just one time a week during triathlon season.
What would be the exact exercises that you would want to do? What would be the exercises that would give you the most bang for your buck when it comes to the ideal combination of injury prevention, sports performance, and power?
I' ve assembled the crème of the crop for a weekly gym workout during triathlon, using the following two criteria for choosing exercises:
1) the exercise must strengthen the external rotation muscles of the shoulders, hips, and core, which are the most neglected muscles of triathlon training and the most prone to imbalance and injury from swimming, cycling and running.
2) the exercise must not create excessive soreness, which will detract from important swim, bike and run workouts during race season.
Using those two criteria, here are the instructions for "The Exact Gym Workout to Do During Race Season."
-Warm-up 5 minutes. Go through each station 3x, performing the indicated number of reps for each exercises and resting only long enough to be able to do the exercises with good form. Once you finish all three exercises in a station 3x through, move on to the next station.
(here' s the good news for you visual learners: each link will take you straight to a video for that particular exercise) "The Exact Gym Workout to Do During Race Season."
Station 1: Hip External Rotators
Exercise 1: Band Side Walks - 20 steps in each direction
By incorporating this routine at least once per week during race season, you will be working the exact muscles necessary to keep you injury free AND make you faster. Although this workout is not in my book "Top 12 Resistance Training Routines for Triathletes" at http://www.thestrongtriathlete.com , it would be a good workout to incorporate along with the routines in the book.
It is now my job as an Ironman triathlon coach to sit down and create a
roadmap for these athletes that ensures the same mistakes are not made
twice! Please learn from their errors, take some notes, and have a smart and
enjoyable race. Just shoot me an e-mail if I can help, or check out the new
book, "Holistic Nutrition for Ironman Triathletes", over at http://www.mindsettriathlon.com.
Ben Greenfield is the Renaissance man of the sport of triathlon.
He' s a fast triathlete, a coach, a personal trainer, and much more more.