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