OUR AIM AT THE STRENGTH FOR ENDURANCE NETWORK

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“Collaboration isn’t about giving up our individuality, it’s about realising our greater potential”

 

This is the mindset behind the growing community that is ‘The Strength For Endurance Network’. Consisting of a growing number of athletes, strength trainers and like minded coaching professionals whose collective aim is to bridge the gap between strength training and the endurance community.

Lets discuss the issue!

Many may think that athletes at the top of their game have a vast support team on hand to address any nutritional, psychological, mechanical or therapeutic requirement they may have. However with the exception of a few, this is rarely the case. The reason that these athletes are at the top of their game is because they work damn hard! They spend time on their weaknesses and analyse from multiple angles what they can do to gain that extra one percent that’ll maximize their overall performance. For the time and money that the average amateur nowadays spends on equipment and racing alone, surely they owe it to themselves to do whatever they can in their physical preparation to optimise their performance come race day and continue it for years to come. Good nutrition and recovery are now becoming more automatic and ‘constants’ within the weekly routine, however strength training, core work and injury prevention, are still areas of neglect and when done lack understanding and structure.

It’s not a coincidence that Crowie, an athlete religious about his regular core strengthening routine is still able to compete so consistently at the age of 42. Or that Matt Dixon coaches his Purplepatch athletes to great success whilst advocating functional strength training as one of his main ‘Pillars of Performance’. So why, with the evidence from the best minds and performers in the triathlon world is this still a topic of scarcity?

 

image: Strength For Endurance

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In Australia alone there is an ever-growing number of Personal Trainers, Physical Therapists and Strength & Conditioning Professionals ready to help the general population achieve their fitness goals. However do they have the experience to understand the type of athlete that is standing in front of them? For instance, in walks an athlete who currently trains upward of 20 + hours a week, fights off fatigue to balance home life with training, has a persistent lower back/hip/glute ‘niggle’ and whether you like it or not is racing an Ironman in three months time. Do these training professionals possess the knowledge, experience, understanding or respect of the sport to treat this athlete accordingly? What that athlete needs, is that trainer to have an understanding of the demands of full training week and the stresses that come with it. Then have the ability to develop a practical training program that will work for that individual athlete.

The Strength for Endurance Network looks to bring these athletes and training professionals closer together, so that ultimately the athlete can become a more efficient and resilient performer.

By creating this ‘global network’ we aim to collectively achieve the following:

  • Educate and emphasise the importance and benefits of Strength Training for endurance performance, injury prevention and longevity within the sport. As a whole raising the standard of training, athlete well-being and consistent race performance.
  • Connect triathletes and endurance athletes with experienced strength trainers in their respective local areas, who understand and appreciate endurance performance, its training demands and the athletes’ specific needs. We want all athletes to be able to access effective strength training information and guidance on how to correctly implement it.
  • Raise the standard of coach/trainer education and its practical application through collaboration. By sharing the knowledge and experience amongst training professionals we can provide them with the tools to create a safe and beneficial strength training environment for their athletes.