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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Velo Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934030155
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934030158
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.6 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Strength Training for Triathletes shows how adding strength training to your exercise program can yield significant performance results."” — Triathlete magazine

"Strength Training for Triathletes is easy to follow and light on jargon. All the basic principles are clearly explained without smothering you in sports science—it's a refreshingly simple approach that leaves you free to concentrate on the exercise rather than the book. Essential reading for anyone mystified by what to do in the gym." —Tri247.com

From the Back Cover

Strength equals speed
 

Most athletes already know this, and as a triathlete, you probably know that strength also builds endurance. But traditional strength training programs are too general to benefit triathletes.

In Strength Training for Triathletes, fitness phenom and tri coach Patrick Hagerman demonstrates, with easy-to-follow exercises, how small changes in muscle strength add up to big race results. Hagerman’s program of triathlon-specific strength training provides four essential benefits:

 • Greater muscular power

• Increased speed in every triathlon leg

• Reduced body fat with greater lean tissue mass

• Increased muscular endurance with less fatigue

 This groundbreaking book includes comprehensive information on how to create a strength routine for best results, whether you’re preparing for a sprint, Olympic, Ironman 70.3®, or Ironman® event. Sample plans for each race distance and instruction on how to address your specific needs make it easy to achieve your personal goals. Illustrated exercises are organized by swim, bike, run, and core and grouped by upper and lower body so you can concentrate your routine on your particular weakness, or limiter.

 Endurance, strength, and power are the keys to triathlon. Strength Training for Triathletes is the complete resource for building and balancing all three for optimum performance.

 

Customer Reviews

This book is filled with good illustrations and details.
kim leousis
I've found this book to include nearly everything I need for my strength training plan.
Sean L. Ryle
It has page 83 between pages 63 and 65, and page 64 does not exist in the book.
J

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By John Therres on November 17, 2010
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I recently purchased this book with two hopes: exercises and programs that will directly enhance triathlon performance and the best way to incorporate strength training into endurance training. This having been said, I give the book 3.5 stars out of five.

The first shortcoming plagues every exercise "program" I have ever encountered. The time claim. The book claims that you can strength train three times a week in only thirty minutes. Sounds great, right? However, as you delve further into the book, it details proper warm-up and stretching, which then tacks on another twenty minutes. Suddenly, you have fifty minutes a day, or nearly twice what he claimed in the beginning. Why not just be up front and say fifty minutes?

The second concern is the dearth of medical references. He presents an enormous amount of information but no studies or medical papers to verify his statements. As an avid researcher, this would've been nice.

Lastly, my largest concern is that he skips over how to assimilate strength training into your endurance training. This should be an integral part of the book. After all, strength training the muscles used in endurance training will fatigue them and negatively impact your times, distances, etc.

That having been said, this book is excellent for people unfamiliar with strength training, breaking down terminology, detailing exercises thoroughly, and explaining different methods for accomplishing your goals. It is designed so that you can create your own workouts based on your own needs, even breaking it down by what length triathlons you are participating in. I will be using it to construct my own strength training program.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Craig Zimberg on March 5, 2009
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This book is extremely helpful for putting together a well thought out strenght program to prepare for triathlon season. Not only does it provide a list of discipline specific exercises, but it also helps with the number of reps and the proper amount of weight. The best part of the book is the distance specific workout plans.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By W Orkhard on December 16, 2008
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If you are serious with your triathlon training, no matter the distance you aim for, you need to do efficient workouts. The gym sessions are too often disregarded. Reading this book you will not only get knowledge on why you need strength training. You also get plans for what to do, and how.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Reniere on June 27, 2010
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This book is exactly what I was looking for - straight-forward workouts with specific goals. I have been strength training according to this book for 3 weeks and although I've never been really sore afterwards, I am already seeing results. I would recommend this to anyone that is already in shape, but wants to be slightly better/faster at all 3 sports.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barry Whall on March 22, 2011
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The book appears to be written by an expert in weight training to cover triathletes and not a triathlete. The book details a lot of exercises that are useful to triathletes. Two issues. Given how much training a time a triathlete already spends, would be very help to prioritize exercises. Second, would have been very useful to talk about how to schedule strenght training with swim/bike/run workouts.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J on January 24, 2013
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I bought this book thinking there would be more tri specific exercises beyond what I was doing already. There were a few but I was disappointed with the book because it leaves out important stuff. As another reviewer mentioned "It has page 83 between pages 63 and 65, and page 64 does not exist in the book." That alone is poor editing and a major mistake.
I also would've liked to see more of a focus on core and stabilizer exercises that in my opinion are far more important than lifting weights.
I'm giving this 2 stars because....

1. Should be more focus on exercises to prevent injury.

2. There should be discussion about how to fit weight lifting into triathlon training schedule since this is a book for triathletes.

3. It has page 83 between pages 63 and 65, and page 64 does not exist in the book.
Note: I emailed the publisher about this issue and they never responded. I was hoping they would email the missing page 64.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tri-daddy on July 17, 2010
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Somewhat superficial as a general strength training program, but pretty good at keeping one focused on moves that are tri-specific. I would simply incorporate the exercises found in this book into a broad strength training program during the off season and through the early/build phase, then transition more toward these activities found in this book toward the middle of the season.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Gallman on December 11, 2010
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The information in this book is presented very logically and clearly so you really do end up with a way to think about weight training. For people who are NOT life long athletes it is invaluable. There is also an emphasis on developing a program for YOUR body, not just a generic set of work out or exercises.
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More About the Author

Dr. Patrick Hagerman, EdD, FNSCA, CSCS, NSCACPT, has established himself as an authority on the topic of strength training through his experience as a professor of exercise and sports science, a coach, and a personal trainer. Starting as a collegiate strength and conditioning coach, Hagerman went on to coach for USA Weightlifting, USA Triathlon, and serve on the USA Triathlon Coaching Commission.

Hagerman is a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), a past member of its board of directors, and a recipient of the 2002 NSCA Personal Trainer of the Year award. A prolific author, Hagerman has written six other books on fitness and strength training, contributed to numerous textbooks, and published more than 30 articles on strength and conditioning.

For over 25 years he has competed in triathlon, cycling, windsurfing, and adventure racing, but in recent years his hobby of building custom hot rods has grown into a thriving business, Scotlea Hot Rods. Hagerman lives in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he spends his free time with his wonderful and patient wife, coaching his kids' soccer, basketball, and baseball teams and collecting cars.

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