(I accidentally posted this in another forum topic. Let's try it here, instead...)
I work with triathletes. Many of them understand the value of strength conditioning for their sport from an injury management perspective. However, there are some rather loud voices out there who have the following to say:
"There are a ton of studies, easily searchable, showing the benefits of caffeine and interval training on performance. There is nothing out there correlating weight training with increased performance in endurance sports. There is also nothing out there correlating weight training with reduced chance of injury in endurance sports. Zip, zilch, nada. It's not like this stuff hasn't been looked at, extensively, for decades. Science, it works. Be a science person or be an intuition person. Just please don't pick and choose as suits your mood. Science is not an a la carte menu, it is a chef's tasting. You sit down and eat everything you are given. Some of it may be delicious and some of it may be a bitter potion indeed."
I'd love to hear your thoughts. (And, no, you don't have to preach to me. I'm on board the strength train. I want the SCIENCE.)