Triathlon balance

Triathletes require functional performance in many areas such are the variables involved in the sport.

Running over uneven ground with only a single leg as a base of support and locomotion. Jumping over rocks and the likes.

Cycling with an unstable frame underneath them rolling over unstable surfaces at high speeds with unpredictable high winds.

Swimming in open water chop with minimal vision are just some examples of the demands needing to be met in training of the neuromuscular system for Triathletes.

With the majority of the sport performed in the sagittal plane it’s easy to neglect tri-planar movement as focus is placed firmly on repetition of the disciplines which see’s muscular imbalances gradually creep in over time. Tri planar movement can help balance out that sagittal plane dominance, reducing injury risk & improving output. (Meyer & Meyer Verlag, 2012) In fact this is relevant to any sport that single plane dominant.

With stability, strength and functionality in mind maybe add this refreshing exercise to your conditioning program. Strength endurance will see up to 20 reps performed each side over 2-4 sets at a 2121 tempo, start position at the bottom – build up gradually with your reps and sets, always stop once form fails. Progressions see the supporting arm destabilised with the use of a balance disk or bosu if you are functionally able. KeepFunctional MovementIsMedicine Triathlon

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