Jen Rulon

If you are a runner or a triathlete, you should know who Alberto Salazar is. If you don’t, you have been living under a rock. Alberto Salazar is well known for being one of the best long distance runners in the world. Currently, Salazar coaches for Nike Oregon Project. Here are some of his accomplishments:

  • In 1980, he clocked the New York Marathon in 2:09.41
  • In 1981, he set a world record for the marathon in 2:08.13
  • Outdoor 10k in 27:25.61
  • Outdoor 5k in 13:11.93

I started a strength program for runners, as they are heading into the marathon/half marathon season coming up and I am ALREADY seeing  such AMAZING gains with them. We are specializing specific lifts (with a bar) and building strength each week off of those lifts, and then adding a little bit of High Intensity Training work to the workout. This is what I observed in those 4 weeks:

  • Stronger
  • Much more confident
  • Nagging injuries are gone!
  • Developing muscles in the arms, back, and legs!

Why do I bring up Alberto Salazar? An article was written about Alberto Salazar and his Nike Oregon Project and their strength training program! Here is a quote from Garrett Reim and the article, “To make it to the next level, strength training is a must.

Today let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Pull-Up. Pull-ups, especially strict pull-ups, are for a lot of people extremely difficult. Pull-ups are a FANTASTIC upper body workout, and we need that heading into the triathlon season for our swims!

What muscles do pull-ups work? We got a lot here:

  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Trapezius (lower and middle)
  • Rhomboids
  • Posterior Deltoid
  • Teres Major
  • Pectorals Major/Minor
  • Biceps brachii
  • Brachialis
  • Brachioradialis
  • Wrist and Hand Muscles

Today, let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Deadlift. Deadlifts are a fantastic overall workout, IF done correctly. I am a big fan of Romanian Deadlifts (RDL), but some athletes have a hard time doing the RDL’s due to tight hamstrings.

What muscles do deadlifts work? Boy, what muscles do they NOT work? Here you go:

  • Trapezius Muscle
  • Latissimus Dorsi
  • Gluteus Maximus
  • Hamstrings
  • Quadriceps (All 4 muscles)
  • Erector spinae – Stabilizers of the lower back
  • Rectus Abdominis
  • Obliques

A few weeks ago, we chatted about the squat, and I gave you my 5 key tips on doing the back squat. If you didn’t get the information, click HERE for the tips!

Today, let me give you my “Rulon Rules” to a Push-Up. I have to admit, push-ups are my nemesis but I know the importance of a push-up. Push-ups are an overall FANTASTIC body movement, working the pectoralis major, deltoid, triceps, serratus anterior, abs, and coracobrachialis. If you are not good at them, get good at them, as they will do WONDERS for your swim workouts!