Explosive Exercises to Improve Triathlon Performance

Explosion can be somewhat of a foreign language to a triathlete. Pounding the pavement, long rides and lap after lap in the pool will bury any explosion you previously had. But you can work on and train your explosiveness, which can bring balance to your workout routine.

How do you execute this type of training into your program?

First, you should be strength training already--doing squats, deadlifts, shoulder presses and chin/pull-ups. These types of exercises increase your force production and will improve your ability to perform explosive exercises.

The best way to integrate explosive training into your program is by doing a four-to-six-week block before your next big race. After you complete the training block and the race is over, immediately start strength training again. It is imperative that you maintain your strength over the long season to stay healthy and injury free.

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Erik Taylor

Erik Taylor is the premiere NASM-certified trainer for runners, cyclist, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. A CrossFit Level 1 instructor, corrective exercise expert and performance enhancement specialist, Erik focuses on functional training. A former competitive cross country and track athlete, Erik understands the commitment involved in being an endurance athlete. Find him at Taylor's Fitness, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @Eriktaylorsfit.

Erik Taylor is the premiere NASM-certified trainer for runners, cyclist, triathletes and fitness enthusiasts in the South Bay area of Los Angeles. A CrossFit Level 1 instructor, corrective exercise expert and performance enhancement specialist, Erik focuses on functional training. A former competitive cross country and track athlete, Erik understands the commitment involved in being an endurance athlete. Find him at Taylor's Fitness, on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @Eriktaylorsfit.

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