When is the right time to do strength training in the gym?
Team MaccaX member Ruth Brenton asks, “Does anyone do consecutive strength + run or strength + bike sessions? I’m working with a personal trainer 3x a week and am trying to figure out how to best incorporate that with sport-specific sessions.”
Coach Justin Granger recommends two approaches to strength work depending on what the goal of the workout is and what kind of training session can best follow.
“For pure strength workouts where you are pushing the muscle to failure I would suggest to only do a recovery session as a second workout for the day,” he answers. “The gains you make after such an intense workout happen well after the session (within 12 to 24 hours). To ruin this process by attempting to train through this renders your strength gains useless.”
Instead, Justin suggests do your triathlon training session prior to the gym work. He adds, “Then let the body absorb the strength gains post-workout.”
However, if you intend to do a strength-endurance gym session, you can take a different approach. “It is possible to get a solid second triathlon session done.”