Most people have thought that bodybuilders should not participate in triathlons because they risk losing a lot of muscle mass in the process. And having more muscle is said to be a liability when trying to cover such vast distances across three games ( cycling, swimming and running). But it’s not 100% true. Today with the right approach you need to keep in mind if you want to do a triathlon as a bodybuilder then you can.
Triathlon as a bodybuilder
To achieve this competition, you should lower your bodybuilding training and focus on increasing the intensity to a degree for improving in three disciplines.
For example: Training
Not doing as many repetitions and sets, exercises, and weekly workouts helps you preserve more energy to focus you more on triathlon training. It also helps you recover better because you’re not accumulating unnecessary fatigue.
Training with a higher intensity (i.e., lifting heavier weights) allows you to retain most of the muscle mass and even improve the strength and power. You also get to spend less energy on your bodybuilding training.
If you’re worried that you might lose a lot of muscle in that period then you shouldn’t because as long as you do some lifting with heavier weights and take good care of your nutrition, you will be able to retain your muscle quite well. With the high volume of triathlon training, it will train your entire body a lot. For example, swimming is a full-body activity that trains the shoulders, chest, arms, and back. Cycling and running train the lower body well.
Nutrition and Diet play a massive role in the overall results, as it helps us recover well, and it fuels our demanding workouts.
If you’re at a higher body fat percentage then you should drop some of the fat initially, well before your triathlon competition. You should diet down for several weeks to get down the fat percent. By doing that, you will have more muscle and less fat. That way, you’ll be able to perform better in the competition.
Aside from healthy nutrition and training, you should have to take rest in order to recover well.
Have 1-2 recovery days each week where you don’t do any training.
Try to sleep at least 7-8 hours every night.
Try to minimize the stress – both physically and psychologically.