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7 Key Components of Fitness - BODY COMPOSITION

Body Composition

An often-neglected component of fitness, and is key to success at the performance level and can be a driver to novice athletes.

High Performance Athletes

Most elite athletes have the optimal body composition for triathlon - low in body fat and high lean muscle mass. This is partially genetic and training will only account for small changes in body composition. The body composition is combined with a highly efficient cardiovascular system, delivering a well-trained athlete for endurance events.

Age-Group

Triathlon in the age group and non-elite levels has become much more competitive in the last decade, with amateur athletes using equipment and training methods that previously only
professionals would have used.

Unfortunately, some athletes have started to have an unhealthy focus on body composition.

Novice Athletes

A desire to change body composition can be the main reason for taking up triathlon, as it can be a very effective way to lose weight. Any activity with a goal has been shown to be more effective than dieting alone in weight loss.

Not all athletes take part in triathlon to be the fastest, other goals such as weight management are just as important: A triathlete that seeks to lose excessive weight or maintain an unrealistic body weight will actually be harming their performance and health.

Can you identify with one of these? If so, you might consider seeking expert advice:

  • Not resting in rest intervals.
  • Working above prescribed rate.
  • Completing drills / technical work at highest possible intensity, or missing out.
  • Taking only water on long rides.
  • Constantly fatigued.
  • Regularly injured.

Information Source: British triathlon.

Some further reading from the wonderful world of the web:

http://www.220triathlon.com/training/whats-the-perfect-body-composition-for-triathletes/12212.html

https://scientifictriathlon.com/tts113/

https://healthfully.com/225455-body-fat-percentage-for-triathletes.html

Body Composition

An often-neglected component of fitness, and is key to success at the performance level and can be a driver to novice athletes.

High Performance Athletes

Most elite athletes have the optimal body composition for triathlon - low in body fat and high lean muscle mass. This is partially genetic and training will only account for small changes in body composition. The body composition is combined with a highly efficient cardiovascular system, delivering a well-trained athlete for endurance events.

Age-Group

Triathlon in the age group and non-elite levels has become much more competitive in the last decade, with amateur athletes using equipment and training methods that previously only
professionals would have used.

Unfortunately, some athletes have started to have an unhealthy focus on body composition.

Novice Athletes

A desire to change body composition can be the main reason for taking up triathlon, as it can be a very effective way to lose weight. Any activity with a goal has been shown to be more effective than dieting alone in weight loss.

Not all athletes take part in triathlon to be the fastest, other goals such as weight management are just as important: A triathlete that seeks to lose excessive weight or maintain an unrealistic body weight will actually be harming their performance and health.

Can you identify with one of these? If so, you might consider seeking expert advice:

  • Not resting in rest intervals.
  • Working above prescribed rate.
  • Completing drills / technical work at highest possible intensity, or missing out.
  • Taking only water on long rides.
  • Constantly fatigued.
  • Regularly injured.

Information Source: British triathlon.

Some further reading from the wonderful world of the web:

http://www.220triathlon.com/training/whats-the-perfect-body-composition-for-triathletes/12212.html

https://scientifictriathlon.com/tts113/

https://healthfully.com/225455-body-fat-percentage-for-triathletes.html