The Next Level

author : Ron
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Can you triathlon train AND strength train for mass?

Here you are, at the next level.  This is advanced training for the serious athlete.  Are you ready?  I feel it is very important to combine weight training with triathlon (aerobic) training.  Weight training will build up bone density, strengthen joints and give you that muscular definition.  It's true, I believe that one needs some muscular definition...to tell you the truth, it looks good. 

Can one combine a triathlon program and a weight training program? Yes.  How much time out of my day will both programs take?  1-2 hours with 2 days off for triathlon training and 3 days off for weight training.  Will I always be sore?  No, triathlon training will not give you any appreciable soreness after the first few months and my weight training program will only give soreness to 1-2 muscle groups.  Will I feel run-down all the time and tired?  Just the opposite!  Weight training immediately followed by triathlon training will give you lots of energy...I feel like I'm on a high at the end of both programs.  I still have energy left at the end of the day!!!  Of course, one must take great measures to ensure you are getting plenty to eat...a plenty of carbohydrates for this energy is required.

My typical training involves weight training first as if you do triathlon training first, you will have no energy reserves left...unless you do one in the morning and one at night.  I train each body part only once a week to allow a full recovery for the next week.  I go all-out though, having spotters to push myself to the max every time, to make sure that muscle group will be sore for the next 2 days...remember, soreness = growth. 

*NOTE* - The programs contained in the 'related links' to the right are essentially a MASS BUILDING program.  The Diet works hand-in-hand with the Weight Training.  Most triathletes just want to strengthen the muscles and joints NOT build mass as that is usually counter-productive for endurance.  I did this to build muscle.  You should investigate further to determine your needs...

I am currently redoing this part of the site to reflect 'Strength Training' for triathletes. 

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date: September 2, 2004

Ron

I started this site 10 years ago after doing my first triathlon in 2001. My goal for this site is to get people healthy and happy. I firmly believe that triathlon is the best 'sport' for your body as it has less impact then the more popular single sport(running) while incorporating your upper body from swimming allows for a balanced-body approach to fitness.

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I started this site 10 years ago after doing my first triathlon in 2001. My goal for this site is to get people healthy and happy. I firmly believe that triathlon is the best 'sport' for your body as it has less impact then the more popular single sport(running) while incorporating your upper body from swimming allows for a balanced-body approach to fitness.

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