Unfortunately as much as I hate to admit I am getting old and weaker. There is plenty of information and advice to be found online that after 40 age starts to take its toll on your muscles.
Last year I still knew this and did nothing about it. Whilst I would have been advising any athlete I coached to be in the gym I conveniently ignored it for myself as I tried to fit in more swim and run sessions. This year I’m not going to make the same mistake.
I went into the gym last night with no real structure at the moment but just to see what was available and to do a general all body work out. Once I get my training plan written I will get this more focused.
…and I really enjoyed it. Put on some headphones and some music and away you go. It’s also far easier now with Bluetooth headphones and no wires to interfere with anything and a phone sitting in your bag in the corner of the gym. This probably shows how long it was since I went to the gym.
For the most part I did body weight exercises and the only equipment I used was a medicine ball and a swiss ball so in fact it could all be done easily at home. I just find it easier to get motivated when I “go outside” to train.
My main focus as I build my S&C plan is going to be core stability and power. For the power part I will look to add more weight training in and I will spend some time in the gym next time getting a feel for where I am on max weights to help build the program.
What do I hope to achieve?
Better body position for longer throughout the swim and run
Increased leg strength for managing the run better and faster