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

As triathletes, we know the importance of rest and recovery. You have all heard the numerous discussions about sleep and what we are learning about LACK of sleep. Heck, I wrote a blog about “Why It is Time to Prioritize Your Sleep, Triathletes.” As triathletes, we also tend to be VERY hard on ourselves. For example, maybe you feel like a nap, but in your mind you feel LAZY. Or you see ALL your friends riding 5 hours, when you are ONLY supposed to be riding 2 hours. Unfortunately, the big thing that gets in the way of ourselves is OUR EGO! (Yes, I said it!) As a triathlon coach, I have seen this happen with athletes constantly. Not so much for the people that I coach, but the people that I see on social media!

If you have been following me on my daily Instagram Stories, you may recall that I have been sick for the last 2 weeks. I am FINALLY getting better. While my head tells me one thing, my body is truly telling me another thing. It is time to rest for you to be prepared for the 2017 Triathlon Season.

It was an honor to be asked to help with an article about triathlon in The New York Times. I connected with a writer about a year ago, and she has asked me for advice for a lot of articles (Runner's World, Triathlete Magazine, Men's...

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