This double Olympic Champion needs no introduction, and those that know him won’t be surprised to hear Alistair doesn’t do a lot of indoor training. A combination of Yorkshire grit when based at home or the ability to jet off to warmer climates when the weather really turns, helps keep those indoor sessions to a minimum. However Alistair still sees the benefit in a different types of training.
“I don’t do a lot of training indoors (except for swimming) but I have learnt the positive benefits of strength and conditioning work, so that is my favourite session. It is an essential session that I do throughout the year to keep the body healthy.
There are four parts to my session:
Olympic medalist and former World Champion understands the importance of specific indoor training. This session may not be his favourite but it certainly serves a purpose when preparing for international events in scorching temperatures.
“I’m going to pick a turbo heat session. I put the heaters on in a boxed off room around an hour before I want to start the session so the room is up to 32 degrees celsius.
The session is hard but the hardest part is moping all the sweat up afterwards.”
Rising triathlon star Georgia may have three different disciplines to train for but it’s actually the little bits around the cycling, swimming and running that she enjoys and see’s a lot of benefit in.
“I find a quick gym and yoga session is great. Even if you don’t have access to a gym you can make it a home workout. Try some glute exercises (such as clams & bridges), calf raises and core exercises (like the plank). The follow this up with some active stretching and maybe try follow a yoga routine online.
I find all these little efforts make a big difference in the winter. When I’m just getting back into training after the end of season break, I get really tired and really tight. So an at home gym and yoga routine is great before dinner. It prepares me for the next day’s training and I don’t even need to leave the house (which can be hard work when the weather isn’t very motivating).”
British Indoor 3000m Champion Andy Heyes obviously has no qualms about training inside, since obviously this is an environment he excels in.
“Here is an example of a indoor track session that I do.
I am to run a 2:47-2:50m pace for the 1kms and 62 seconds from the 400m’s.
I tend to train indoors 3 times per week after the the New Year. This consists of two gym sessions and one indoor track session). The British Championships are usually late February with the World & European Indoors being the first week of March each year so the switch to indoors from cross country always happens around Christmas.”
Our favourite form of indoor training here at OTE is a wattbike session in our Altitude Chamber. We’re time pushed but enjoy training hard so a short, sharp interval session at 2500m is an effective way to get in a fantastic training session.
If you’re interested in joining our lunchtime or evening coached wattbike sessions at our Performance Centre in Leeds. Drop Tom Murray an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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