TRIATHLON

Women's Health (South Africa) - - STRENGTH & CONDITIONING -

WHAT IT IS: One race in which you swim, cy­cle and run. To prep for it, you need to be strong in each of those dis­ci­plines. Gina and Michelle did in­door triathlon train­ing, us­ing the pool, wat­tbikes and tread­mills. “Sit­ting on a bike for half an hour was a special kind of torture. I re­ally love the thrill and adren­a­line rush of a HIIT work­out and I need work­outs that keep me guess­ing. Some­times try­ing some­thing new lets you know that what you’ve been do­ing all along is working.” MICHELLE OC­TO­BER (right), 26, ju­nior writer “Triathlons aren’t for the faint-hearted. You need to pre­pare your­self men­tally for the amount of car­dio that you have to put your body through... It’s a lot. This chal­lenge has def­i­nitely reignited my pas­sion for fit­ness. I’ve since dis­cov­ered that I can ac­tu­ally swim and I’ll prob­a­bly in­cor­po­rate swim­ming into my work­out rou­tine go­ing for­ward. My car­dio fit­ness im­proved a lot. I’ve no­ticed that my legs are a lot leaner and I can see a hint of a six-pack. I’m also ca­pa­ble of ex­ert­ing my­self for longer pe­ri­ods of time without feel­ing like I’m out of breath.” – GINA BERETTA (far right), 33, digital ed­i­tor

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