Envious we are, when we see a bird flying gracefully in the air. Swimming – or rather flying – in the sea, diving under the water and turning in each and ever direction we desire is perhaps the closest feeling that portrays free-flying… And until man is able to soar in the blue, our wing heaven remains the water sky.
At any age, even from barely a few months old, one can enjoy the pleasure of swimming. But when one is physically fit, short breath and fatigue will be absent, and swimming would have a much more thrilling flavor. Swimming involves just about every muscle in the body. Specifically, 80% of swimming strength comes from mid-section up to the arms. Good swimming requires well developed whole body strength operating as one unit. However, the emphasis – in this particular order – is on the back, chest, shoulders, arms, abdominals, hips and thighs. The following conditioning drills are designed to strengthen your upper body and to help you develop resistance and stamina which are essential for swimming.
Make sure to include a running program in your workout because swimming and running promote each other and boost your endurance level. Setting the fixed bar at the heights described in each exercise will enable you to do high repetitions (20 reps minimum) making your training endurance oriented. Perform slow long strokes because fast strokes will not make you a faster swimmer.