Ultimate Guide to Weight Training for Triathlon

Training Load By Week
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 00:01

This plan is the official TrainingPeaks companion plan to Ben Greenfield's "Weight Training For Triathlon: The Ultimate Guide", available in hard copy on Amazon at http://goo.gl/BzC49. This training plan is a 31 week (~8 month) plan that can be started at the beginning of the triathlon season, and used for the entire season. It is comprised of four phases: muscle enhancement, foundation, progression, and power - and there are also race week instructions.

Sample Day 1
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 8
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 15
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 22
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 29
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 36
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Sample Day 43
0:01:41
Full Body Range of Motion & Recovery, Beginner Level

This routine is designed to improve mobility, and enhance blood flow and recovery. It is a perfect workout to incorporate on a recovery day, and can be used year round. It can also be used when a longer warm-up is desired for any of the weight training workouts. Do this entire routine as a circuit, moving from station to station with minimum rest. The order of the movements is not crucial; you may change the order, if necessary. This workout is best performed with 5–10 minutes of light cardio beforehand. Static Stretches: For static stretches, hold each position for 6–20 seconds, as time permits. Foam Rolling: For foam rolling, one foam roller motion up and back down a body region is the equivalent of a single rep.

Ben Greenfield
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Ben Greenfield

I coach groups, teams and individuals from around the world for triathlon, cycling, swimming, running, obstacle racing, adventure racing, bodybuilding, muscle gain, fat loss, anti-aging and cognitive performance.

A full list of my consultation, coaching and training services is at http://greenfieldfitnesssystems.com, where you can see my concierge Ultimate coaching , and also 20 and 60 minute consultation and pre-written training and nutrition plans.