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    Blog — Training

    The Best Fitness Equipment for Triathlon Training

    When training for a triathlon, you are not only testing your physical fitness but your physical and mental endurance. Triathlons consist of swimming, cycling, and running, meaning you will need to train in a variety of ways to achieve success in all areas. At Athleti.ca, we offer a range of fitness equipment in Canada to help you achieve these goals at home and the gym.

    Below are three pieces of equipment to help you get through your training.

    Rowing Machines

    If you do not have access to a pool in the gym you belong to, the rowing machine is your next best bet. They work your back, chest, and posterior deltoids similar to if you were swimming. The press away with your legs is like each kick in the water. It would help if you spent at least 15-20 minutes on this machine.

    Elevated Treadmills

    To train for the rough terrain of your triathlon, you want to use a treadmill with considerable elevations to simulate the various hills you may encounter. This will help your body get used to the shift in terrain as it happens naturally on the course.

    A GPS Running Watch

    Having a high-quality GPS running watch on your wrist can help you track your results and see the numbers on where you may need to improve. You will also be able to compare all of your data to see how you have improved over time to track your progress leading up to the event.

    3 Steps to Recovery

    Many of you are getting ready for D-day, the event that you wouldn’t want to miss for anything in the world. You train hard, putting in time and effort, and thus you deserve to reap the rewards. Nutrition plays a huge part both in your success and your health. It’s known that you are what you eat and this is true not only during exercise but between bouts of physical activity. Follow these 3R’s to keep going without running low on fuel or hitting any roadblocks!

    1. Rethink everyday meals and snacks to make sure they offer their fair share of nutritive carbohydrates (such as couscous, whole-wheat pasta, multigrain bread, fresh fruits with edible peels) and quality protein (lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy or soy products, fish and seafood, eggs and legumes). Although carb-loading can be useful prior to race day, carb-depletion is never a good idea, causing fatigue and muscle wasting. As for protein, endurance athletes (meat-lovers and vegetarians alike) need to take in adequate amounts of precious amino acids for tissue repair and immune function.

    2. Reduce the oxidative stress and acidic burden caused by exertion (without meaning to take away from the benefits of working out…). Exercise increases the need for certain vitamins (C and the B family), minerals (iron and zinc particularly) and electrolytes (sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium) as these nutrients are lost in sweat and urine. Also, levels of acidity rise (corresponding to a drop in pH…) with effort, which can cause bone loss and other minor ills in the long run. Checking labels and ingredient lists is a smart way to load up on antioxidants and alkaline foods, either in edible or supplement form.

    3. Refrain from consuming too much alcohol (a predictable statement!), fat and fiber (this one may come as a surprise?!), as these can become a nuisance to athletes. The first substance will not only blur physical and mental alertness but also slow lipolysis (the use and burning of body fat for energy) and contributes empty calories. A second possible offender is fat, especially if predominant in the diet, which slows digestion and affects weight management. Finally, too much fiber (although important for digestion/ elimination) overstimulates the intestinal tract and causes bloating, cramping and diarrhea.

    Once this is tried and tested, there’s one last rule of thumb : Repeat! If the formula feels right and the shoe fits, all that’s left to do is go out and play. Cheers to a great training season!!!