6 Exercises to Mix Up Your Triathlon Training

In many ways, preparing for a triathlon is akin to cross-training. You constantly vary the activity, intensity and workout.

However, if you get too attached to the three disciplines, you may end up losing your edge for competition.

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Cross-training can help triathletes add variety to their weekly routine, prevent injuries and keep their mind and body fresh for race day. It can also be a handy tool for injured triathletes and can serve as an important part of recovery.

In short, cross-training keeps the daily grind interesting and athletes on track. That can pay back dividends come race day.

Here are a few classic cross-training exercises every triathlete should try. 

Rowing Machine

By improving cardiovascular conditioning, rowing can help make you a stronger triathlete.

Hop on the machine and get in a rhythm similar to the bike. Start easy and work up to a higher intensity following a warm-up. Maintain that intensity for a tempo workout or add in sprint intervals.

Nordic Skiing

Some of the athletes with the highest maximal oxygen uptakes (VO2max) are elite Nordic skiers.

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Although this option is only available to those who live in colder climes, it is one of the best alternate workouts available to triathletes. It works the upper and lower body, as well as the cardiovascular system.

Stair Climber

This exercise may seem boring to many triathletes, but the results are worth any initial wariness. Not only is the stair climber going to make you sweat, it'll give your glutes, hamstrings and quads a fantastic workout.

Aqua Jogging

Runners are often surprised by how hard aqua jogging can make you work. Not only does it allow you to imitate the running motion, it gives you the chance to rest your feet.

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About the Author

Mackenzie Lobby

Mackenzie Lobby is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and photographer with a Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She has run 10 marathons and is a USATF certified coach. When she's not writing, she's out swimming, biking, and running the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Check out her website at mackenzielobby.com.
Mackenzie Lobby is a Minneapolis-based freelance writer and photographer with a Master's in Kinesiology from the University of Minnesota. She has run 10 marathons and is a USATF certified coach. When she's not writing, she's out swimming, biking, and running the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes. Check out her website at mackenzielobby.com.

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