Yoga for swimmers

Yoga for swimmers

Gentle on the joints, forgiving of injuries and other physical limitations, and deeply relaxing, swimming and yoga, when practiced together, unite their strengths, making for a more balanced athlete.

Competitive swimmers call it “dryland training”—incorporating other sports into an exercise regimen to compensate for what is missing in a primary workout. A yoga practice can complement even an amateur’s swim routine by introducing two legs of the fitness triad—strength building and flexibility. Asanas (postures) utilize body weight as a powerful source of resistance: Outside of the water, gravity helps to build strength and muscle. In addition, postures take the body through a full range of motion, encouraging flexible, supple muscles that are less prone to injury.
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DRYLAND EXERCISES FOR SWIMMERS: CRAWL

DRYLAND EXERCISES FOR SWIMMERS: CRAWL

Help your body to develop muscles so the muscles will help you to swim longer and faster.

Together with Life as an Investment we prepared a wonderful set of dryland exercises for crawl swimmers. It is a selection of exercises from Swimming Anatomy book by Ian McLeod. All of them you can do at home with just a little use of equipment or without equipment at all.

We start with

ARMS 

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Execution:

  1. Facedown, slide both hands under your chest so that your thumbs touch along the midline of your body at nipple level. Your toes support your lower body.
  2. Holding your body in a straight line from your ankles to the top of your head, push your upper body upward until the elbows are almost locked.
  3. Lower your body until your chest is 2.5 cm off the ground.

Be careful if you already have pain in the shoulder joint and avoid dropping too far into the ending position.

A common mistake is to take the head out of line with the rest of the spine, which will lead to either arching of the back or dropping the hips to the ground.

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