The Pro Triathlete Body

  • By Julia Polloreno
  • Published May 31, 2013
  • Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 12:05 PM UTC
Maik Twelsiek. Photo: Erik Isakson

Maik Twelsiek
Multiple Ironman Podium Finisher

For swim strength I swim with paddles or an ankle band and I do hill repeats in the big gear for my bike strength. This year I did several of my long rides at Mount Lemmon in Tucson, Ariz.—I went up and down for more than five hours. For my run training I mix things up. Sometimes it’s hill repeats where I climb hard for one minute and go back down 10–15 times, or I’ll just run trails. Last summer I discovered the TRX classes. It’s nice to do the core work with a group and have an instructor watching for the right form, but it’s also possible to do the exercises at home after a run.

I think in the end of a triathlon it is all about strength. You still want to be able to hold the aero position after 150K and have good running form for the last 10K. A strong core holds everything together as well as protects you from injuries. I think every athlete would profit from doing some core work twice a week, even if it’s for just 15 minutes at a time.

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Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno

Julia Polloreno is the editor at large of Triathlete magazine. A Stanford University graduate with an award-winning track record in publishing, Polloreno is a two-time Ironman finisher and has been a competitive triathlete for more than a decade.

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