Best Exercises to do During Racing Season

We know you desire strong quads, toned calves and powerful hamstrings as you kit up for a big race. In other words, you want to be in peak shape as race season rolls around, ready to crush any competition in your way. 

However, in the weeks leading up to your race, endurance, energy and recovery become the main priority of your program, and hitting the gym becomes a daunting task.

But it’s important to retain the strength gains you’ve made, as this will improve your overall performance and help you prevent injury.
 
Here are some tips to keep in mind during race season: 

1. 45-minute sessions, one to two days a week, is all you need in the gym.
2. Focus on compound exercises. Squats, deadlifts and presses use multiple joints and muscle groups.
3. Compound exercises will help you maintain power.
4. You do not need to crush your strength training sessions. Remember, the goal is to maintain the level of strength that you currently have.
5. Awareness—not stubbornness—is a must. If you are beat up from a high volume block of training, use some common sense. Rest or drop the amount of weight you lift for that day.
6. There is no need to do any exercise to complete muscle failure; it’s counter-productive.
7. You do not need to do hours of core exercises. Limit yourself to one to three core exercises in any given training session.

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