Strength training for enduro This is blog post 2 of our 5 part series on off-bike fitness. In our last post we discussed the 2 types of aerobic training, this month we will look at strength training. Most people are under the impression that endurance athletes don’t need to do strength training, this however couldn’t be further from the truth. Strength training, which could take the form of body weight routines, resistance circuits or weight lifting, have major benefits for endurance athletes. Firstly they help to speed up your metabolism which in turn helps body weight management. Strength training significantly improved bone density, especially plyometric routines. It stabilizes your joints and strengthens tendons, ligaments and muscles which plays a massive role in injury prevention. Essentially when you crash your bike you bounce better. Of course it also makes you stronger, more powerful and improves muscle endurance for all round better performance on the bike. It doesn’t need to be elaborate, complicated or time consuming either. Doing just 3 sets of 3 simple movements like a Squat, Bench Press and a Row 1-2 times a week will yield unbelievable gains in performance. Catch you next month and remember, what you put in is what you get out. Trail boss ~ Jason Livingstone ~

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