Should Triathletes Strength Train and Do Yoga?

Recently on the MaccaX Team Members Forum, we’ve been discussing strength training and yoga as good complements to our swimming, cycling, and running.

Team MaccaX member Gurj Dillon asked: Anyone lift/strength train day before their long runs? Or, lift concurrently straight after their long runs? Any opinion on which out of the two helped? Just planning where to stick in an additional lift day.

Team member Darin Via has incorporated yoga into his training plan template based on our Weekend Warrior skeleton program. He noted: I know many coaches recommend to use the strength sport-specific workouts for time savings rather than a true gym strength session, but since I am most interested in the health of the sport, this works best for me.

"Since I am most interested in the health of the sport, this works best for me."

For weight-lifting, MaccaX coach Justin Granger recommended: Low reps / heavy weight- to failure? That is building power and explosive type efforts. Strength endurance (muscle endurance) is low weight with long reps – adapting to that burning feeling. 

But that said, if you can track improvements with the strategy you are using then keep it going.

For yoga, the boss Chris McCormack had this to say: Yoga for sure is the go-to. Michael Gilliam preaches this and for the last few years of my career had me right into it. MG is still a believer that yoga over many sessions is a bigger bang for your buck especially in the endurance space where as we age we actually seize ourselves up more and more and get stiffer and stiffer. Exactly what Darin Via has said, but I would even consider dropping a strength for an additional yoga set, if time-poor. 

With MaccaX’s high-performance partnership with Precision Athletica, expect our members to receive even more in-depth advice and recommendations on cross-training for our chosen sport. 

MaccaX offers a wide range of triathlon training plans to suit your fitness and goals. You may also inquire with our coaches for customized plans.

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Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman
Noelle De Guzman is a freelance writer with ten years of experience in the field of fitness and wellness. She blogs at about endurance sport in the Philippines and beyond.