Since we sponsor professional and elite-level triathletes, we have the benefit of being able to share with you secrets behind their training and racing success. Jim Lubinski, who is a certified personal trainer, in addition to being a professional triathlete is all too generous with sharing his wisdom with our Triathlon Lab audience. The following blog is a contribution from “Lube” himself.
“Swim, Bike, Run! Swim, Bike, Run! We, as triathletes, seem to overlook aspects of training other than swimming, biking, and running. One of the most important elements of training that we overlook is strength and flexibility. If you look at any other sport, part of the training regimen is “hitting the gym.” Why should our training be any different? Sure, we will not be putting up the weight that a football player would be lifting or doing the same dynamic movements as a golfer. However, triathletes have areas of strength and flexibility that they can emphasize, in order to get the most out of their training and racing.
Many triathletes say, “I don’t have time to strength train.” What that triathlete has to realize is that strength training is as vital to their performance as any swimming, biking, and running would be. I look at it like this: if you were an architect and wanted to build the tallest skyscraper in the world, you would need the sturdiest foundation possible. Your body is your foundation. If you want to acquire the highest level of performance, a strong foundation must be built first.
Not only does strength and flexibility allow you to achieve a higher level of performance it also helps prevent injury. The more solid your foundation, the less likely it will break down when put under stress. There are plenty of triathlon specific workouts you can do to improve your foundation and get strength in the correct places.”
For more info, or for time efficient strength training for the triathlete, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. And, if you are local to the Los Angeles area, you will be able to participate in a typical Jim Lubinski, triathlon-specific, time efficient, strength training workout. This will take place in-store on Wednesday, November 16, 2011, at 7:00 pm. RSVP here: http://trijim.eventbrite.com.