132 : COACH’S COUNSEL : T
How to resistance train the right way during your off-season.
By Troy Jacobson
Q:DEAR COACH, I finished my last race of the season in late August and managed to set a
half-iron PB, and now I’m looking
forward to a little downtime before I start base
training for next season. I don’t have any competitions scheduled until early June of 2012,
mostly because it’s tough to get in any solid outdoor training in the spring in Vancouver. I typically do a lot of swimming and weight training
in the winter to give my joints a rest and help
build some extra strength for the next year. Last
year I think I worked out a little too much like a
bodybuilder and put on about 12–15 pounds of
muscle during the winter. I couldn’t really help
hitting the weights hard—I was craving something that felt like a real workout.
My question to you is: I want to hit the gym
hard so I feel like I’m getting a workout, but I
want the goal of any weight workout to be
building endurance for triathlon (not muscles
for Mr. Olympia!). What are your favorite workouts to target overall endurance? I mean, sure
I feel stronger after going hard on the bench
press, but I don’t feel like I’m becoming a better
triathlete! Help me out!
A:DEAR CHARLIE, Great to hear about your PB! It’s always fun to end the race sea- son with a great result to give you
some momentum going into the new year. My
only concern is that your post-season strength-
training regimen might be hurting your pursuit
of personal triathlon excellence more than help-
ing it. I am a strong advocate of strength train-
ing year-round for competitive triathletes, but
only when it targets the specific performance
needs of the triathlete.