Strength Training – 80/20 Endurance

Strength Training

How to Replace Your Swim Training

By Matt Fitzgerald / March 13, 2020 / 0 Comments

If you are like most triathletes, swimming is a challenge right now, and by “challenge” we mean completely unavailable. Unless you are fortunate enough to have access to a private pool or a Vasa Ergometer, maintaining swim form is tough. Fortunately, there are some options to come out of this situation mitigating the damage to, […]

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Understanding Your Free 80/20 Strength Training Plug-in

By Matt Fitzgerald / September 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

This document covers how to use your free strength training plug-in. For support on your Premium Strength Training plan, see Understanding Your Premium 80/20 Strength Training Plan. If you have not done much strength training recently, or if many of the exercises in your 80/20 Strength Training Plug-in are new to you, we recommend that you perform […]

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Good Cop, Bad Cop

By Matt Fitzgerald / August 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

To train with maximal effectiveness, you have to be mean to yourself. And you also have to be kind to yourself. Every week I do two full-body functional strength workouts at a local gym. The specific exercise selection evolves over time, but there is one exercise I never fail to include among the dozen or […]

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I’ve Got Your 2019 New Year’s Resolution

By Matt Fitzgerald / November 19, 2018 / 0 Comments

I came home from my time with the Northern Arizona Elite professional running team last summer convinced that every serious athlete should carve out a little time each day for what I will loosely classify as physical therapy. I’m talking about foam rolling, mobility exercises, and other activities that help put the musculoskeletal system in […]

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Are Your Muscles Shrinking and Getting Tighter? Good! (If you’re a runner)

By Matt Fitzgerald / April 23, 2018 / 0 Comments

Recently one of the athletes I coach (we’ll call him Scott) came to me with some concerns about the results of his latest DEXA scan and weigh-in. Although he had lost both overall weight and body fat, he had also lost some muscle mass, and the body-fat percentage in his arms had increased slightly. Scott […]

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Why I Try to Talk Every Endurance Athlete Who Does CrossFit or Is Interested in Doing CrossFit out of Doing CrossFit

By Matt Fitzgerald / January 22, 2018 / 0 Comments

These days lots of endurance athletes are supplementing their endurance training with CrossFit workouts, or are interested in doing so. Whenever one of these athletes comes to me for coaching, I try to talk him or her out of it. I do this not because I think CrossFit is intrinsically bad or because I believe […]

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What I Learned about Strength Training as a Member of a Professional Running Team

By Matt Fitzgerald / January 1, 2018 / 0 Comments

The strength-training methods I use today are different from those I practiced before I spent 13 weeks as a guest member of Hoka One One Northern Arizona Elite, a professional running team, in the summer of 2017. It’s not that I lacked commitment to strength training prior to this experience. As a self-coached athlete I […]

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