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By Andrew Tuovinen; Photography by Michael Callaghan
Functional strength training is part of the foundation for every athlete, particularly in triathlon. Functional strength is the ability to load multiple joints through a full range of motion without restriction, with core strength being the primary focus.
By Calvin Zaryski; Photography by Rich Cruse / ITU
When I started triathlon training, I could barely swim and never rode a bike, but I could outrun most of my peers in track and on the soccer pitch. I was good at suffering in races and took my run preparation seriously, even in elementary school.
Cycling can bring you joy and pain, very often together in the same ride. A big milestone is riding 100 kilometres in one go, but training to ride 100K solo is very different from training to race, or participate in, a gran fondo.
If you want to race like Ryan Atkins, you have to start by working out like Ryan Atkins. Hereâ€™s the kind of work the King of OCR does to keep race ready. Itâ€™s a good, quick OCR simulation workout that you can do almost anywhere.
The first time you step on a Lagree Method Megaformer, the platform begins to inch apart like the San Andreas fault line. As you sink deep into a lunge in slow motion, the core tightens, glutes and quads engage and you channel enough energy to prevent California from falling into the Pacific, or at least enough to prevent falling though the Megaformer.