STRENGTH TRAIN­ING TIPS 9. GIVE AND TAKE 10. PRI­OR­ITY

BIKE POWER

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - FEATURES - BY ADAM JOHN­STON

If you’re adding strength to your pro­gram, and haven’t done so be­fore, you have to take some­thing out of your pro­gram so as to main­tain bal­ance in the over­all work­load of your train­ing. You might have to re­move an ac­tual work­out or two from your swim, bike and run train­ing. You might only need to scale back the in­ten­sity of some of your ses­sions. What­ever you choose to do, make sure the strength work­outs now added to your rou­tine don’t add too much and put you on the edge of in­jury or sick­ness. There’s a time to pri­or­i­tize strength train­ing – now – and a time not to –the com­pet­i­tive sea­son. Fo­cus on strength for the first half of your an­nual train­ing year (Novem­ber to April) and keep it at a main­te­nance level dur­ing the com­pet­i­tive sea­son (May to Oc­to­ber).

Be smart, be con­sis­tent, and get stronger for 2017.

Adam John­ston is the owner of Wattsup Cy­cling in Toronto. Wattsup Cy­cling of­fers an en­durance ath­lete-spe­cific strength train­ing pro­gram on site. Visit wattsup­cy­cling.ca to find out more.

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