Triathlons are among the most brutal physical activities any sports enthusiast or athlete worth their salt could ever participate in. However, these activities are not without danger, as Justin Levine expounds on one such flap in the triathletes’ resource TriFuel:
Not lifting any weights. This is probably the most common mistake among triathletes. Most triathletes think lifting weights will get them bulky and inflexible. But in all actuality, lifting weights the correct way will enhance your performance, reduce injury, and correct imbalances. The sport of triathlon is very demanding on the body. Overuse injuries occur because most individuals are not functionally strong. They can swim, bike, and run all day long, but have them do a push-up, and it will be extremely tough. You need to be a strong athlete, all around.
San Diego residents can relate with Levine’s thoughts on the subject. The so-called “America’s Finest City” is the acknowledged birthplace of the modern triathlon and is the battleground for many popular triathlons, the most notable of which being the DeSoto Mission Bay Triathlon. It even hosted the second leg of last year’s ITU World Triathlon Series. Whether you’re aspiring to join the wonderful sport or keeping your body in peak form, both will be possible through San Diego personal training experts like the team at True Balance Fitness and Coaching.
Levine states that weightlifting, when it comes to triathlon strength and conditioning, is more on exercises such as single-leg deadlifts and squats, plus chin-ups, push-ups, and stabilizing the core and muscle joint. Your trainer can help you with the proper way to lift the weights to avoid injury and bolster performance, especially during acceleration and deceleration phases.
Your personal trainer’s evaluation of you will also determine which food classes are to be consumed as part of triathlon training. Carbs like pasta, fruits, and bread are ideal, but protein intake must not be discounted either for leaner mass and increased fat burn. Levine says the intake must be three-fourths of a gram per pound of body weight. You can never have too much of a good thing, and that adage is true in triathlon strength training and conditioning. The article states that the person in training should know when to rest and recover after a grueling session.
If you’re committing to triathlon as a form of exercise, it can be fun. A personal trainer in San Diego like Andrea King can motivate you towards your goal.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Five Nutritional and Strength and Conditioning Mistakes Triathletes Make, TriFuel)