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.