Swimming workouts are getting immensely popular. After all, these prevent boredom and give you an edge over your competition. Many swimmers think that it is fun to work in the pool and it improves their overall strength. However, when strength training for swimming, it is essential to seek balance as there are certain muscles that do not get stimulated enough when swimming. Swimming is a complete body workout that needs contrasting muscle groups to work together and help you move through the water. If one muscle group gets more developed than another, your body shape might get affected or you might even incur an injury. Look for the exercises will help you build strength in your pectorals, quads, core, lats, and hamstrings.
Here are some good suggestions :
- Step over pushups – With your right hand, get into pushup position on an aerobic step and use the left hand beneath your left shoulder on the ground. Now, lower yourself to the ground and press yourself back up. Bring your right hand on to the ground and the left hand on to the top of the steps. Perform another
- Reverse lunges off of a Step – Stand on a step and hold a set of dumbbells. Now, step back on your left foot and lower your hips. Your right thigh should lie parallel to the floor and your right knee should be positioned straight over your ankle. Keep the left knee bent at a 90-degree angle and point it toward the floor. Push up from the floor with your left foot until both feet are on the step once again. Replicate on the other side.
- Half Kneeling Latpulldowns –Get into the half kneeling position and keep the back knee beneath your hip socket and the front knee over the front ankle. Hold the lat pulldown bar and engage your lats by depressing the shoulder blades. Now, pull the bar down in the direction of your breast bone.
Do at least three sets of 8-10 reps of each of the above exercise at least two to three times a week before your next swim meet. A well-designed weight lifting routine will add the right power, balance, control as well as mobility to your body. Boost your performance and confidence in the pool. Give more meaning to your swimming and add definition to your physique.