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!

“Four Reasons Why Endurance Athletes should do Strength Training.”

Here is reason #4:  To Prevent Injury!

“Coach Jen, I don’t want to get injured due to strength training.” I have heard this WAY too much! So, let me ask you this: As a triathlete, have you had:

  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • IT Band Syndrome
  • Runner’s Knee

Doing too much of the same thing over and over, you may get injured. Too much Zumba: Knee injury. Too much weight lifting: Shoulder injury. Too much running: Knee issues. You get my point!

As a triathlete, strength training will prevent future injuries, along with the imbalances that you may have if you are swimming, cycling, and running too much.

For example, triathletes tend to have a “weaker” posterior chain (glutes, lower back, hamstrings, etc.) BUT if we can get into the gym at least 2x a week, then we can work on the opposite of what we are working on during our swim, bike, and run.

If I had a $1.00 every time I have heard the quote, “My glutes aren’t firing,” I would be a millionaire!

Figure out how to implement strength training in your schedule. It is critical for your life today AND for your future. Looking for a way to add strength training to your program? Contact me HERE for a program, or a specific consult on how to organize and plan your strength program.


AUTHOR: Jen Rulon

I am Jen Rulon, a Coach, Kona Finisher and a Public Speaker. I’ve been coaching triathletes for 18+ years and I received my Masters in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Science. I train triathletes to reach their potential and coach triathlon coaches to successfully grow their businesses using my own proven methods. I currently work with women on finding their own voice and journey to finding their "Champion Status" in their own eyes! My knowledge has been featured in Triathlete Magazine, Runners World, on the TEDx Stage, the Health and Wellness Expo in San Antonio, TX, Men’s Journal Online, and the New York Times. I also practice what I preach — I’m a 15x Ironman Triathlete who participated in the World Championship in Kona, Hawaii on October 14, 2017.

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