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  • Al Painter, NASM-CPT, CES, PES


If your goal is to spend more time in the pool, in the saddle and on your feet this season, now’s the time to make your game plan (and, no, I’m not talking about geeking out over data in TrainingPeaks) – not only for preventing injury, but also for setting yourself up to race stronger, longer.

How? In a word, strength training.

That’s right – endurance athletes dedicated to swimming, biking and running can reap the biggest rewards (and, more often than not, find their way to podiums) by finding their way into the weight room as part of their training regimen.

Here’s the deal: You invest a lot of time, effort and money into your training, so you can’t afford to get sidelined by injury. Triathletes, in particular, are susceptible because they not only engage in a highly-repetitive stress activity, but also only move in one plane of motion (and likely sit all day at work), which contributes to limited range of motion in the mid-back and hips.

Put simply, your body wasn’t engineered for repetitive movements at extreme frequency and intensities.

The good news, though? A lot of this is preventable once you have the right strength training program in place. And the better news? Hitting the weights – or harnessing the power of your own bodyweight – can also help correct imbalances, resolve weaknesses and vastly improve performance.

So make yourself bulletproof this season by joining me at Sunnyvale Sports Basement from 6:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, for a triathlete-specific strength workshop. We’ll talk maximizing your body’s potential, and I’ll cover the best kinds of exercises to help you race stronger, recover faster and reduce the chance of getting injured. Click here for all the details.

Training in Silicon Valley and want a dedicated triathlon-specific core strength performance improvement program? Get in touch with me, and we can set up some time to meet and put together a customized plan.

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