Strength building training plan for triathletes
This free 8-week strength-building training plan will help you be in perfect race condition come your triathlon
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Free 8-week strength building training plan

It’s simple really – add strength training to your sessions to get faster! Here’s the plan that will keep you race strong in 2018

As triathletes, we’re concerned with numbers, watts, speed and making sure that we spend as much time as possible on swim, bike and run. Which is fair enough, but there’s one final element to a triathlete’s training that will produce greater results and longevity in the sport, and that’s strength training. 

Spending time building greater strength is so often overlooked in the pursuit of speed. But in this eight-week plan we’re going to help you achieve a more rounded approach to strength training, by including traditional gym- or home-based exercises alongside specific swim, bike and run strength sessions. There’s always time in the year to build muscle, but spring is perfect as it’s before most triathletes start hitting peak distance or intensity. 

The plan is based around an Olympic-distance triathlon, so you can modify the duration or distance of sessions to be more individual, in particular the longer weekend sessions. The success of the plan will be boosted if you have running and cycling routes around you that offer a variety of hills – some long, some short, some steep and others that have a gradual incline. It’s important to make these hills part of longer sessions and learn to love them!

The shorter midweek sessions in the plan include very definite focus on building power through either swimming with paddles, using an indoor bike to climb with structure or running on a treadmill and hitting the inclines. An area of particular focus is ‘overgearing’ on hills, which means riding in a gear that’s one or two more than you’d usually choose to offer greater resistance.

The strength exercises separate into swim, bike and run and can be done at either home or in the gym. They’re split into four groups, which can be found online at 220tri.com. The routines should take no more than 20-25mins and they change every two weeks to offer variety and progression. All of the exercises are straightforward, but, as with any strength training plan, you should seek advice on form and technique to avoid injury. At the end of these eight weeks you’ll be more powerful and more resilient to injury, which both create more speed. It’s time to get strong! Download the plan below.

  

Dermott's four top tips

HIT THE HILLS

Make hills your friend. Don’t avoid them through fear. Learn how to be efficient when climbing and take them on.

ADAPT POSTURE

Adapt your posture when running and biking uphill. Look where you’re going and keep your chin off your chest so you can breathe.

PREPARE FOR PAIN

Get ready for the DOMS. Expect some muscle soreness if this style of training is new for you. It’s normal and will subside as you get stronger.

TAKE TIME TO LEARN

Spend time learning the strength routine and execute exercises properly. Seek advice if necessary. Be patient if you’re new to it.

Strength and conditioning set 1

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Squats - BW 3 12
Wide grip press ups BW 2 15
Dorsal raises BW 2 15
Hamstring curls - Swiss ball BW 3 12
Shoulder press WGT 2 15
Plank 2 30-40secs
Ab crunches 4 12

  

   

   

  

   

   

   

    

BW = Body Weight

WGT = Weights

Strength and conditioning set 2

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Steps ups BW 3 8 each leg
Biceps curls WGT 2 15
Side bends WGT 2 8 each side
Calf raises BW 3 15
Lateral raise WGT 2 15
Plank 2 40-45secs
Ab crunches  5 12

   

Strength and conditioning set 3

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Side squats BW

3

8 each leg

Incline press ups BW

2

15

Dorsal raises BW

3

15

Glute bridges BW

3

12

Upright row WGT

2

15

Plank

2

50secs

Ab Crunches

6

12

    

Strength and conditioning set 4

Exercise

Sets

Reps

Walking lunges  BW

3

8 each leg

Close grip press Ups  BW

2

15

Side bends  WGT

3

15

Balance on 1 leg BW

3

30secs each leg

Tricep Dips BW

2

15

Plank

2

60secs

Ab Crunches

5

15


 
 

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