Triathlon Anatomy

April 18, 2014

Today’s Rest Day Book Review is:

Triathlon Anatomy (2012), by Mark Klion and Troy Jacobson. 208 pages.

Triathlon Anatomy

These guys know what they’re talking about! At the end of this review you can find descriptions of them taken fro the book (which I shortened).

The book is primarily a guide to weight training. The first three (short) chapters are on the (1) basics of triathlon, (2) Cardio Training, and (3) Creating a Customized Training Plan. Then they present weight training for specific body regions in it’s own chapter: (4) Arms, (5) Shoulders, (6) Chest, (7) Core, (8) Back and Neck, and (9) Legs.  They finish up with chapters on (10) Whole Body Training and (11) Injury Prevention.

The first 3 chapters are interesting but fairly basic unless you’re totally new to triathlon or basic human biology. But worth reading, especially because they’re short. The last two chapters are similar.

What is so cool about this book are the weight training sections because they clearly explain which muscles are involved in each activity, and how working that muscle will help. For example, I have not thought much about what upper body muscles are involved in cycling, though of course I know they are. Below are some pictures from the book:

Triathlon Anatomy pic 1Triathlon Anatomy pic 2

Cool, huh? Very helpful for connecting what you do in the weight room with what you do in triathlon.

To be clear, this book is not a specific training plan. There is a sample week, and each section gives some advice about number of reps, but coming up with a day-to-day plan will likely require outside help. Also, although the pictures are AMAZING, you may still want to get some help from an experienced person to see the exercises done in completion, or at least YouTube them, just to make sure you’re doing them correctly.

Overall, though, a great book! It even got Fuzzy wanting to weight train!!

Fuzzy Benching


“Mark Klion, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. He serves as an educator for the medical school and the department of orthopedic surgery. He is also the director of orthopedics at St. Barnabas Hospital in New York. Dr. Klion is also an avid triathlete and marathon runner. He has completed 10 Ironman triathlons, including Hawaii Ironmans in 2000 and 2001. He has completed 15 marathons and several ultradistance races. He is also the creator of the DVD series BodyworksMD, a physician guided physical therapy rehabilitation program. He serves as the medical co directo r for the New York City Triathlon and Toughman Half Ironman and is the orthopedic consultant for the Triathlon Academy and Foundation bicycle team.”


“Troy Jacobson has been a leader in the field of triathlon coaching since 1992. He is the owner of Lifesports, Inc., an endurance multisport coaching company, and is recognized as a pioneer in developing and marketing online coaching services. He is the innovator and driving force behind the popular endurance sport training DVDs Spinervals Cycling, and founded the National Triathlon Academy in 2000.  He created Train Right software, an intuitive coaching program chosen as the official software of Tri-Fed USA, in the mid 1990’s. Jacobson served as The Official Coach of IRONMAN, 2010 through 2012, and held the position of head triathlon coach at Life Time Fitness, Inc. a publicly traded national health club chain. Jacobson has been a competitive triathlete since 1988 and continues to compete at the elite masters level., including placing as high as 20th overall at the Ironman Triathlon World Championships.  For more information, visit his website at”


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