i'm trying to improve my swimming and i'm bringing up my training and all in the water, but i want to know if ya'll have any ideas for things i can outside the water. i'm starting to get really into swimming and i just want to do more. Any advice u can give would be appriciated
I'm assuming you are looking for land-based activities specifically designed to increase your strength or stamina and to improve overall speed in the water. That's a general way to put it, but it depends on your current level and future goals. My personal favorite is the Vasa trainer because you can go through swimming movements with much more resistance. I also like to lift weights to target the upper body: shoulders, lats, triceps. Pullups are surprisingly effective. Abs are also important. Rather than situps/crunches, I typically do a set of fly kick in the pool or go for a long run. Many people like medicine balls, bio bench (there is a new vasa out similar to this), stair climbing, rowing ergometer, yoga, and the list is endless. It's a matter of personal preference. These exercises should all be suplemental though, as there is no true substitute for time in the water. I hope that helps....
ditto on the vasa trainer. not easy to find though, unless you are affiliated or connected with a swim club/team, but if you were to ask a coach in the aquatic center you swim at, i am sure they would let you use it.
abs, abs, abs. kicking is abs.
when i was swimming in high school and grade school, we did dry land before we swam.
a typical dry land would be 20-30 min run. abs, pushups, pullups.
abs: leg lifts - lie on yopur back and keep your legs a foot above the deck, then do a flutter kick for as long as you can. three sets of those will be fun.
if you are going to lift i have noticed that upright and bent over rows have really helped me. hope this helps
I've heard people say that vasas are hard to find, but I see them everywhere. I know of 10 different places I could use one, and I think Kiefer has them in their catalogue. It must be a regional thing. One thing is for sure, unless you get one second hand, you are better off using someone else's machine. A new vasa will set you back over $1K, and about $2K for the new high tech version.
AAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!! i have a hole in my ear and a lot of bruising surrounding it. stupid water presser. i really want to compete in this upcoming meet but i'm only going to be in the water a couple of days before that. i'm doing as much condititioning as i can without be unhealthy about it. i don't know if i should still compete in the meet though because i'm a little uneasy about not being ready
I agree with shamrock. You're not going to lose anything by doing a meet while you're out of shape (unless you're trying to impress a recruiter or a sponsor). I enter events all the time whether I'm in shape or not, because I love to compete.