Before you add another workout to your training schedule, look at how you can be more efficient.
It’s hard enough to find the time to train for one sport, let alone three. But triathlon training can be easier than you think. The key to finishing your triathlon strong is efficiency, not excruciating, joint-smashing workouts.
So how can you effectively train? Adding your Compex® device to your routine can help you build strength, improve endurance, and recover quickly.
Whether it’s your first triathlon or you're looking to set a new PR, here are the benefits to using your Compex® device during triathlon training.
A gradual warm-up loosens up your muscles and improves the elasticity of them so your body can do the hard work during training and competition. Without a proper warm up, you’re more prone to an injury. The Compex® devices offer warm-up programs that deliver tiny electric pulses to the targeted area to help improve blood circulation and loosen up your muscles.
Builds Muscle Strength and Endurance
When Compex® electric muscle stimulation (EMS) is added to your triathlon training routine, it helps maximize your muscular effort by engaging a higher percentage of muscle fibers. You have two types of muscle fibers: Type 1 and Type 2. Compex targets both Type 1 slow twitch muscle fibers which impact endurance and Type 2 fast twitch muscle fibers with impact power and explosiveness. In other words, you can select specific pre-designed programs that can help you build strength and endurance quicker than if you just swim, bike or run. The Compex device allows you to target multiple muscle groups that you’ll use during triathlon training without having to do longer swims, runs or bike rides. It also strengthens the harder-to-reach muscles that prevent injuries from the primary muscles groups you use during a run, bike or swim.
Small and Portable
Whether traveling, at work or gym, the Compex® device is easy to use and take with you, wherever you go. It’s great to use while at work, either warming up or recovering from tri training. If you travel and may not have time to do your regular workouts, then throw on the electrodes for a quick session to at least keep your muscles working and prevent strength loss.
Recovery Made Simple
A sports massage usually is an excellent way to recoup from a tough workout, but you may not have that luxury. The Compex® device offers pre-designed recovery programs, one being a muscle relaxation/massage program, which runs at the lowest frequency to help relax the muscles that are fatigued from your tough workout.
The contents of this blog were independently prepared, and are for informational purposes only. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily indicative of the views of any other party. Individual results may vary depending on a variety of patient-specific attributes and related factors.
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Triathlon, the multi-sport event made up of running, swimming and biking, has seen an increase in participation over the last several years.
Since the first U.S. triathlon took place in San Diego, California in 1974, athletes have been taking up the challenge and most recently, race organizers have seen a surge in participation.
According to USA Triathlon, their memberships were increasing at a steady 4% between 2009 and 2011. Then in 2012, that rate of annual and one day memberships increased by 5.6% for a record high of over 510,859 total memberships.
But why the increased interest in triathlons?
While it’s difficult to pinpoint, one overarching reason could be that anyone can do it.
Whether you complete a sprint triathlon (500m swim / 20k bike ride/ 5k run) or an Ironman race (4k swim / 180k bike ride /full marathon run), there is an immense feeling of achievement after completing a triathlon.
Not only are more adults participating in triathlons, but young people are trying it out as well. According to a report compiled by the Outdoor Foundation, in 2013 the median age of a triathlete was around 30 years old; however, colleges across the country are starting their own triathlon clubs. The clubs compete at individual conferences against other schools in the fall in order to qualify for the national championship later in the spring. There has also been a tremendous increase in non-traditional or off-road triathlons. These races often switch up events -- for example, adding paddling in place of swimming or mountain biking in place of road cycling -- appealing not only to athletes but outdoor enthusiasts. Since 2009, participation in non-traditional triathlons has increased 199%.
Maybe the most simplistic reason for the increase in triathlon participation is that there has also been increased interest in healthy living and personal fitness. Racing in a triathlon seems less daunting when you are already an avid runner, a frequent gym goer, or just an all around active person. Triathlons give the fitness focused person a chance to up their game, to challenge themselves and reach new goals. After all, training and competing in a triathlon is definitely a full body workout.