Is strength training for endurance athletes necessary?
Many endurance athletes figure if they want to build strength they hit the gym and push weights. Whilst this is somewhat true, it is very important to do specific exercises which target muscles in a way which they will be utilised during your event, otherwise known as functional exercises like the one picture above. As a triathlon coach, I place large importance on loading the muscles the same way they would be during swim, bike and run. Therefore pushing a heavy bench press or completing super sets of squats is not necessarily going to make you swim, bike or run faster. In reality for an age group triathlete, this may cause you to race slower as more muscle mass will make you heavier and immobile. If you cant apply the strength developed to your particular sporting movements then it is not functional.