5 Must-Have Exercises When Training For A Triathlon

5 Must-Have Exercises When Training For A Triathlon

A triathlon is a major athletic event consisting of three different athletic activities. Most of the time, running is one of the major activities, but no matter what the activities consist of, you can rest assured that they will be challenging, especially if you are not someone who is used to competing in athletic activities such as this.

As a result, you will want to do everything possible to prepare your body and to get in shape for the big event. You’ll be glad to know, though, that triathlon training isn’t as hard as you might think. In fact, at its most basic, triathlon training can be boiled down to seven simple but highly effective exercises.

Exercise #1: Get on That Treadmill and Run It Out

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As mentioned earlier, you would be hard pressed to find a triathlon that didn’t feature running as one of the main events.

If you are not someone who runs regularly, the prospect of having to run a great distance can be a scary one. However, the best way to prepare yourself for running is, with, well…running.

And, while there is certainly nothing wrong with running outdoors, a treadmill is often a more effective way to get your practice in since you can set your pace and track your distance. Plus, you can be sure to always get your run in no matter what the weather outside might be like.

Start out your sessions by running at whatever pace you can sustain for ten minutes. Whatever that number is, work your way up a little at a time until you’re running consistently at a pace that is going to help you reach your triathlon goals.

Obviously, with this exercise, the sooner you start doing it, the better, so don’t waste another minute.

Exercise #2: It’s Time to Start Lifting Weights

One big mistake that a lot of people make is focusing only on cardiovascular exercise in an effort to improve endurance.

And, while it certainly true that getting in plenty of cardio is smart, it’s also true that strength training is important as well, and the most effective type of strength training is lifting weights.

Don’t worry; no one is going to expect you to lift huge barbells, but some light weight training leading slowly up to the heavier stuff is good for you.

A trainer can teach you a few basic moves to build from, or you can follow along with free workout videos online.

Exercise #3: Grab Your Suit and Go for a Swim

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Many triathlons feature swimming as one of the events. Whether yours does or not, the fact remains that swimming is an awesome way to get in shape for a triathlon.

Like with running, you’ll want to ensure you have a way to keep up with your routine no matter what the weather is like, so find an indoor pool if you can.

Once you’ve found a place where you can dive in on the daily, start swimming laps/lanes. Work on improving both your speed as well as the number of laps you swim, and you should be in great shape in no time.

Exercise #4: Go for a Nice Long Bike Ride

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If you’re like most people, then you probably loved riding your bike as a kid. Well, believe it or not, this much loved activity is great for getting triathlon ready.

You can choose a stationary bike or a standard bike; as long as you commit to doing it regularly, either option will do.

Biking should help with building both stamina and endurance and will help to strengthen your legs and calves as well. That, in turn, will help to power you through both your triathlon and your life.

Exercise #5: Take a Fun, Active Class

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While the vast majority of training that you will participate in for your triathlon will be very intense, remember that it’s okay to have some fun too.

In fact, the more fun you have while working out, the more likely it is you will stick with it. So, with that said, consider taking a fun, active class. Whether it’s a dance class with friends or a Zumba class or anything in between, anything you can do to turn your triathlon training into a lifestyle change, do it.

As you can see, you have all kinds of different options for getting triathlon ready, so, with that in mind, what are you waiting for? Get up and get moving. Whether you take advantage of some or all of these exercise options, you’re sure to benefit in the long-run. And, who knows? You might just do better at that triathlon than you ever dreamed possible!

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Harry Romero

Harry worked as an economist for about 8 years after graduating from a college degree in the field. After a while, his sales department job slowly transitioned to becoming more of a professional reviewer of various consumer electronics.
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