In what has been known for years to be, arguably, the best exercise for you, swimming is still as popular now than it has ever been. With star athletes like Michael Phelps, we have now seen a completely new facelift on the public opinion of this sport. With more new fans each passing week, it seems like everyone wants to try their hand at swimming, not to compete but to look better. After all, if you have seen any images of Michael Phelps, you know that he is in outstanding shape. To better get you prepared to head out into the water of your local lap pool, I now present three awesome exercises that you should be doing, in order to become a better swimmer. Along with my exercise picks, I will also give you more information, as to why these exercises are so well suited to an aspiring swimmer.
I talk constantly about the benefits of doing squats but nowhere is this exercise better for you than when you are swimming. Squats are primarily done to achieve better leg strength. Having stronger legs not only looks good, it can also help you become better at many different sports, swimming being one of them. Why heavy squats are so great for swimmers is that it enables them to push off of the pool walls harder than normal. Think about this, is someone with massively strong legs going to push off faster than someone who never trains them? You won’t need to be a sports nutrition scientist to realize that stronger legs will push you farther.
Next, we know that no swimmer is going to make it very far without a strong core. For those that don’t know the core muscles are ones that right in the middle of your body, mainly having to do with the ab muscles. You won’t need to worry about having a perfect six pack to do crunches, you will still notice that you will have a stronger core, even if you don’t have rock hard abs. Don’t expect to get shredded by doing crunches alone, in this situation, we are utilizing our ab muscles so that we will be able to effectively swim longer distances. If you have ever pulled a stomach muscle, you know how painful it can be and we don’t want that. Last of all, you certainly don’t want to be in the water, while having cramping muscles!
Finally, if you have known a swimmer, you know that they are notorious for developing shoulder problems. Even the best swimmers around that don’t train their shoulders can still fall victim to nasty shoulder injuries, sometimes ending their hopes of professionally swimming. The military press is, quite possibly, the number one exercise for your shoulders. Yes, there are a vast amount of different shoulder lifts that you could do to strengthen those muscles but the military press is the best way to do it, in my humble opinion. Having a stronger set of shoulders reduces the risk of injury that is commonly associated with swimmers, due to how much use their shoulders get out on the water. Will these exercises ever give you that speed that Michael Phelps is known for? Likely, no, as his great performance as a swimmer is attributed to years of constant practice and conditioning. However, you should be able to notice that your lap times do quicken and you will gain some newfound strength.