Review: 'Strength Training For Triathletes' by Patrick Hagerman
Strength workouts should be part of a triathlete's training plan year-round - but does this book give you strong advice?
Strength Training for Triathletes is an easy read with some great illustrations, and has plenty of in-depth sample strength training programmes for all distances.
There are different chapters for all three disciplines, and exercises to help with common tri-related injuries/weaknesses. Advice is given to help the reader understand what order to perform exercises in, covering core workouts plus upper and lower body both separately and together.
It provides options for different environments such as the gym, home workouts and ‘on the road’ sessions, so you can use the workouts anywhere. It’s fairly simplistic, meaning the exercises don’t incorporate more modern training techniques or equipment that you might find in fully-kitted out gyms – and it’s missing some detail for advanced training and energy systems, which is only touched upon.
In summary, if you’re thinking of starting a strength-training programme – or your current routine lacks structure – then this is for you.
Verdict: great for strength-training newbies or those that need some extra guidance, 85%