Because triathlons require mastery of three very different sports, triathletes must train their bodies for peak performance in all the ranges of motion associated with swimming, biking and running. That’s where yoga comes in, because it can take your body through several planes of movement while focusing on strength and mobility in the areas you need it most.
Too often yoga is an afterthought, literally, the thing you think to do after a triathlon for recovery. Although restorative yoga can be very effective post-race, or even after a grueling training session, using yoga to enhance functional mobility and stability as part of your overall conditioning can increase performance and decrease injury risk. But I’m not suggesting adding hourlong yoga classes to your already intense training schedule! Simply integrate appropriate postures into what you’re already doing to get the most benefits in the least amount of time.
As a triathlete, you need an open chest with stable, mobile shoulders and hips for swimming; integrated core strength with a stable, functional pelvis for biking; and leg strength and flexibility with knee stability for running. That’s why I suggest the postures below, which address all those areas, often at the same time. Continue reading >>