As triathlon season is coming to an end, now is a great time to start working on muscular imbalances, weaknesses and strength. A balanced strength training program is an important component both during off season and in season. Since most triathletes spend the fall and winter months mostly doing running races, that is the perfect time to add a full body strength program to your schedule. That doesn’t necessarily have to mean spending hours in the gym. Focusing on exercises that work more than one muscle at a time such as push ups, squats, rows/assisted pull ups and lunges are great for maximizing your time with the most return for your work. Single leg exercises and balance exercises are also excellent for developing the lower leg muscles that tend to take the brunt of running workouts. Make sure to do exercises that work the glutes (band walks) as well as the low back and abs. Planks and variations of planks are a great way to work your core without needing any equipment. That 30-45 minutes of strength work 2 x per week will benefit you way more than a couple 45 min easy runs so make the most of the off season and set yourself up for success next season!