Stay Aqua-active at Home
We know you are missing the swimming pools and your swimming lessons at the moment - we are missing them too!
This dedicated web page is here to help you stay engaged with swimming, even without the pools.
We have got activities for children from Swim England, as well as "Workouts without Water" giving you some instructor and swim teacher led inspirational videos on how to keep key areas of the body in the best shape possible ready for when you do return to the pools.
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A GOOD DRY LAND WORKOUT IS ESSENTIAL
We know that dry land training is equally important and we are sure many other swimmers will need a helping hand with exercising from home.
Apart from being efficient in the water, swimmers require technical skill, strength, stability, endurance and mobility. We do not acquire all these traits from swimming alone. When properly applied, dry land training can improve performance as well as reduce risk of injury.
Working on our muscular strength will enable us to be more efficient, powerful swimmers.
A good dry land programme will include posterior chain exercises (think shoulders, back, glutes, hamstrings and calves). Building strength and balance in these muscle groups will help to protect us from commonly injured areas, including the shoulders and lower back.
It’s also important to maintain a streamlined position in the water and developing a strong core is crucial. We must also build strength in the legs to kick as well as support the core. To do this, we must be able to properly engage the core, glute and leg muscles to prevent the legs from sinking, which increases resistance in the water and creates drag.
HELPING YOU STAY SWIM READY
Another way we can improve our performance in the pool is to incorporate plyometric or explosive movements. This type of training will help us to produce explosive starts and fast turns from the wall. Training plyometrics can also help with coordination and efficiency of powerful, explosive movements which is greatly beneficial if you’re a competitive swimmer.
As swimmers we also rely heavily on good mobility and flexibility, particularly in the ankles, calves, hamstrings, hips and shoulders. Focusing on stretching and improving mobility outside of the pool will help improve performance and reduce the risk of injury.
Stretching stimulates receptors in the nervous system that slow the production of stress hormones. Stretching reduces tension in the muscles, releases endorphins and helps to stimulate blood flow, giving us that “feel good” feeling.
Something we all really need right now!
As well as strength training and mobility from home, keeping up with the cardio is also something we should all be doing.Swap your pull buoy for my push bike while the gyms are closed and running is a great option too.
So instead of worrying that we’re missing out on pool time, let’s focus on the things we CAN do to stay swim fit at home.
If you need a helping hand with some ideas for at home strength and mobility routines, we've created a series of helpful exercise videos that can be done from home with no equipment required to help you stay swim-ready.