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Strength equals speed
Most athletes already know this, and as a triathlete, you probably know that strength also builds endurance. But traditional strength training programs are too general to benefit triathletes.
In Strength Training for Triathletes, fitness phenom and tri coach Patrick Hagerman demonstrates, with easy-to-follow exercises, how small changes in muscle strength add up to big race results. Hagerman’s program of triathlon-specific strength training provides four essential benefits:
• Greater muscular power
• Increased speed in every triathlon leg
• Reduced body fat with greater lean tissue mass
• Increased muscular endurance with less fatigue
This groundbreaking book includes comprehensive information on how to create a strength routine for best results, whether you’re preparing for a sprint, Olympic, Ironman 70.3®, or Ironman® event. Sample plans for each race distance and instruction on how to address your specific needs make it easy to achieve your personal goals. Illustrated exercises are organized by swim, bike, run, and core and grouped by upper and lower body so you can concentrate your routine on your particular weakness, or limiter.
Endurance, strength, and power are the keys to triathlon. Strength Training for Triathletes is the complete resource for building and balancing all three for optimum performance.
"Strength Training for Triathletes shows how adding strength training to your exercise program can yield significant performance results."” — Triathlete magazine
"Strength Training for Triathletes is easy to follow and light on jargon. All the basic principles are clearly explained without smothering you in sports science—it's a refreshingly simple approach that leaves you free to concentrate on the exercise rather than the book. Essential reading for anyone mystified by what to do in the gym." —Tri247.com
Most traditional weight lifting programs are too general to benefit triathletes. This illustrated guide offers 60 exercises that build strength for swimming, biking, and running by replicating the muscle usage patterns specific to triathlon events. The exercises are organized by sport and muscle group, allowing triathletes to quickly find the best exercise for their unique training needs. Included are sample seasonal plans for each race distance, along with instructions on adapting training plans to individual needs that make it easy to develop a personal strength training program.
Every triathlete wants to be faster, and most know that adding strength training to their program will help them get there. In Strength Training for Triathletes
, fitness phenom Patrick Hagerman explains how small changes in muscle strength add up to big race results. For triathletes, the benefits of strength training are many, from increased stability in the water and on the bike to a faster metabolism. Stronger muscles can work longer before feeling fatigued, making strength training indispensable to endurance athletes.
Clearly organized by discipline (swim, bike, run) and by muscle group, Strength Training for Triathletes helps athletes quickly find the best exercise for their unique training needs. Every exercise is accompanied by full-color art, making the routines easy and inviting to follow.
This groundbreaking book further explains how triathletes can adjust their workouts to emphasize endurance, strength, or power, and how to balance the three to reach race goals. It includes complete information on structuring a periodized weight routine to maximize results, whether the race the reader is preparing for is a sprint, Olympic, half-Ironman or full Ironman event. Sample seasonal plans for each race distance and instruction on how to adapt training plans to individual needs make it easy for readers to develop specific approaches and reach their personal goals.
About the Author
Dr. Patrick Hagerman is a recipient of the National Strength and Conditioning Association Personal Trainer of the Year award in 2002, Dr. Hagerman has coached for USA Triathlon and USA Weightlifting and has competed in triathlon, cycling, windsurfing, and adventure racing for over 25 years. He is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and a past member of its Board of Directors. He is the Director of Sport Skill Development for Quest Personal Training.
Table of Contents
Part I: Strength Training Program Components
1 Strength Training versus Endurance Training
2 By the Numbers: Reps, Sets, Weight, and Rest
3 Progression Systems: How to Keep Moving Forward
Part I I: Program Preparation
4 Strength Training Tools and Equipment
5 Warm-Up, Cool-down, and Flexibility
6 Choosing Your Exercises and Order
7 Sample Training Programs
Part I I I: Exercises
8 Exercises for Core Conditioning
9 Upper-body Exercises for Swimming
10 Lower-body Exercises for Swimming
11 Upper-body Exercises for Cycling
12 Lower-body Exercises for Cycling
13 Upper-body Exercises for Running
14 Lower-body Exercises for Running
Appendix A: Needs Analysis Visual Index
Appendix B: Daily Training Log
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