The gym triathlon is a multi-discipline activity consisting of rowing, cycling and running. It is a great way to keep active, and by taking on these three challenging elements of rowing, cycling and running you can keep training fun and varied too!
The triathlon is to test yourself against yourself. How fast can you row, bike and run a certain distance on each activity. It is a way to improve your cardio and endurance using different equipment and different muscle groups. Each aspect of the triathlon brings its own challenge.
Rowing is an excellent way to condition the whole body. As it is working on a vast range of muscles it is also improving cardiovascular endurance. Along with all these benefits it is a low impact activity so it is safe for all ages and all levels of fitness. Rowing works most of the joints through significant range of motions without damaging them. This is a great advantage as it avoid any unnecessary injuries. As well as increasing lung capacity, rowing can also help with weight loss, muscle toning, flexibility, endurance and strength.
The exercise bike is a popular tool in the gym for fitness. The cycling movement requires little co-ordination, making it easy on the hips, knees and ankles, therefore it is an exceptional option for beginners, the elderly or people recovering from injury. Cycling will cardiovascular endurance while working large muscle groups.
For most people running is probably the first exciting exercise they done. Running comes with many benefits. Studies have shown that running can help prevent obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, some cancers, and a host of other unpleasant conditions. What’s more, scientists have shown that running also vastly improves the quality of your emotional and mental life (1). Treadmill running is a great alternative over running outdoors. It has many advantages such as keeping running more consistent and not dependant on the weather. It will also help you maintain a steady pace while you are running. The ability to change the incline of the treadmill is a great feature to challenge your legs. The main muscles used while running is the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves and glutes.
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