STRENGTH TRAINING TIPS 9. GIVE AND TAKE 10. PRIORITY
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.