3 Steps To Get Lean For Triathlon:
Would you like to make your triathlon easier? You are not alone, and if you are training for your first triathlon, you have done a triathlon and found it difficult or the bug has bitten you, and you want to increase your triathlon distance, then you’ll want to follow these three steps to getting lean.
How does getting lean make triathlon easier?
Would you choose to swim, bike and run a set distance with a sandbag on your back, or would you rather not carry the extra weight? Well, even if you carry only a few kg’s of excess body fat this is what can be described as non-functional mass for it does not assist you in life, and hinders your triathlon (especially up hill!) and health if you have too much of it.
Now don’t get me wrong. Fat is essential and too lean is equally destructive to health. With approximately 4% body fat being essential for life, elite triathletes do well with around the 7% body fat mark (men) and 15% (women). However, everybody is different, but I can guarantee one thing - if you are a little bulgy at the belly, love handles, hips and butt, then your triathlon will be easier if you lose the excess fat.
Are there other ways to lose weight? What are the alternatives? Well, weight is either functional for sport, or not. The weight you want to lose is the non-functional weight. You may well see your body weight fluctuate if you weight yourself regularly. Here is what happens:
Many people love to spend money on the lightest kit, the fastest wheels, or the shiniest aero helmet. This is great if you can afford it, and personally I love spending my money on equipment for my hobby. However, this is not the answer to making your triathlon easier. Consider a £1000 set of wheels may shave 40seconds off your triathlon if your average speed is high enough, but for the beginner triathlete this really is not the most effective way to make your triathlon easier. If you do carry excess fat mass then the most effective way to make your triathlon easier is to lose the fat mass.
3 ways to reach your ideal triathlon weight
I know what little time you probably have to read in depth about this topic so here are three ways to lose excess body fat. This is not an in-depth review, but 3 practical tips that will help you lose fat.
What to do next
If you would like to make your triathlon easier then take action today. Plan your nutrition, set your goals and before you know it you will be so much more comfortable during your triathlon, especially going up hill. Everybody has weight fluctuations but by following these steps you will be in control of your weight for your sport. If you want further advice please do get in touch.
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