I figured it out! I figured out the “Fountain of Youth.” Yes, it is strength training. Strength training is so crucial for our bodies that honestly I don’t think I ever really realized it until I started doing CrossFit and saw such an amazing change in my body!
I have a blog for each sport and the importance of strength training for it; click the links below:
“Four Reasons Why Endurance Athletes should do Strength Training.”
Here is reason #2:
Triathletes need to strength train so their muscles will not go into atrophy.
What is atrophy? According to the dictionary, atrophy is (of body tissue or an organ) to waste away, typically due to the degeneration of cells; or to become vestigial during evolution.
We have seen the photo of the marathon runner and the sprinter:
Now, is this a bit extreme for a triathlete, BUT I have noticed a couple of things from 2014 training to 2015 training.
2014 Training: I lifted constantly 2x a week and did mostly CrossFit. I would be very sore at times. Some of the workouts that Crossfit had were a bit too much FOR ME. I LOVE CrossFit and what it has done for me, BUT my goals were trying to cross the finish line of an Ironman Triathlon, and do well at it!
2015 Training: I didn’t lift as much, BUT I did a lot of old school Strength and Conditioning work: Back squats, bench press, dumbbell rows, Romanian Dead Lifts and a HIT for NO MORE than 12 minutes. It freaking worked! It did. All I did was maintained, lost some weight, and freaking race faster than I did in 2014.
There is differently a delicate balance with strength training for triathletes. I have figured it out. Please reach out to me a couple of different ways: email, FaceBook Biz Page, Tweet Me, SnapChat (CoachJenRulon), or get your FREE 5 Week Strength Training Plan for Triathletes PDF (Click the ring below!).