TOP 4 MYTHS - STRENGTH TRAINING FOR ENDURANCE ATHLETES
1. Strength training will bulk me up
Simply put, gaining muscle mass is pretty much impossible. As endurance athletes, you are doing everything wrong with regards to building muscle!! It takes years of specific training and tailored nutrition for body builders to achieve their ‘look’.
2. I’ll get injured if I lift weights
Agreed, if you are doing it poorly! Make sure you seek out a specialist who understands your individual goals. Strength training done correctly will prevent injury, not cause it!
3. I get all my sport specific strength from doing my sport, additional work is unnecessary
Strength Training gives you the opportunity to load and strengthen your joints and muscle whilst avoiding the risk of overtraining. It is the most effective way to even out imbalances and strengthen those weaknesses that are impossible to address whilst swimming, running or riding.
4. It takes too much time
You don't need to be in the gym everyday, even 2 x 30-45 minutes sessions a week will make huge improvements in your performance. Quality over Quantity is KEY!! So over the course of a month, you are only strength training for around 4-6 hours, which is likely a minimal amount compared to your overall training schedule. This highlights the importance of maximising your time by performing quality sessions, using effective and time efficient exercises at the correct intensity.
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