SIZE MATTERS IN TRIATHLON AND FITNESS TRAINING

Referring to brain size. As you exercise more, various parts of your brain actually grow, sizewise, and including increased ability to perform their function(s). (from an extremely well referenced ISSA article by Alexander Van Houten) Take, for instance, the cerebellum; only about ten percent of the brain, yet contains more than half of all the brain neurons. The biggest … [Read more...]

FIVE TYPES OF TRAINING FOR TRIATHLON

Depending on your individual needs I will spend more time on one area than another when first you start to train for an endurance sport. Whether Endurance (increasing your oxygen capabilities), Speed (I mean burst speed, here), Strength Training, Flexibility, and Balance; and not necessarily in that order, but close, and may vary for the individual. The importance of each … [Read more...]

THERE’S NO SUCH THING AS OFF-SEASON TRIATHLON TRAINING!

I said there is no "off season" for triathlon training, although I'm kind of lying. There is a time where your training differs somewhat from what would be "in-season" training which, depending on where you live in the country, might start anytime between February and April, I suppose.   Regular seasonal training usually involves "periodization", where your training … [Read more...]

Keep Your Muscles As You Get Older!

You CAN keep and gain muscle mass over 40, and well into your 70s and look like a million bucks!    Straight off the bat, as a shockeroo, from an article in Bicyclelab.com, here are some MRIs of triathletes and a sedentary person's upper legs, a 40 years old triathlete's upper legs , and a 70 year old triathlete...whoa, the sedentary person has not very much muscle and quite a … [Read more...]

KEEP YOUR KNEES HEALTHY, LIKE ELITE TENNIS PLAYERS

You've probably noticed that when your legs feel strong, you feel better. My doctor first talked to me about leg strength and the important of proper leg position while doing squats when I mentioned that I'm a triathlete. She told me to keep my knees directly over my feet when doing squats so that they don't drift to the inside. I began to wonder about [older] tennis players … [Read more...]

THE JACKRABBIT (because faster, stronger, living longer)

Lifting heavier weights, for both men and women, ....has been shown to be the most effective way for people trying to lose weight, as opposed to longer bouts of aerobic activity such as jogging, walking, etc. Will improve your racing performance, if that's your bag (it’s mine, besides staying alive for a lot longer!).   And here are some other, really … [Read more...]

Don’t Let Your Bones Get Soft (5 Reasons for Strength Training)

It's true....about your bones, I mean, as we age; this can start as early as age 40. Doing exercises that involve 'kind of heavy things' will likely improve your quality of life. Here are some of the basic reasons in a great article by Sara Fleming, an ISSA trainer, that explains why this is so. (http://bit.ly/1WAOrgo): #1 - Right now, you probably don’t have enough muscle … [Read more...]

REVERSE AGING MEMORY LOSS WITH EXERCISE

From the late 20s on, you will lose about 1% of that part of the brain that is key to memory and certain types of learning. One of the easiest ways to get smarter is to go for a walk or a swim, according to a number of studies just recently. In fact, exercise seems to keep the brain from shrinking and to help its neurons to function better than 'thinking' does. I have as much … [Read more...]

Sitting is the New Smoking

The last couple of years this health headline has been going around; that no matter what else you do, sitting for a certain number of hours per day will do bad things to your overall health. We know that exercise and diet are really important as far as keeping us healthy, but it’s only recently that SITTING has become a big and real health issue.  A number of studies have … [Read more...]

OLDER ATHLETES AND INJURIES

It took two events to wake me up to people getting injured as they age and some ways to prevent injuries from happening, especially to athletes. Time number one was my going to a chiropractor clinic that specializes in triathletes, runners, and sports enthusiasts when I had a illiotibial band problem. A couple guys worked on me, stretched some things, and lo! I was well. … [Read more...]