snowlion wrote:Hey swimmer, just looking at your training log I see you do no flutter kicks or hello dollies. I know the combat swimmers in the military do a shit load of these and it makes sense. They do it with flippers on too. Also you are doing no pullovers or straight arm pulldowns. Wouldn't this benefit swimming. Also dumbell raises and reverse flutter kicks which is flutter kicks on your stomach. If this doesn't strengthen you you can do them with ankle weights or be like Brad Johnson and do them from a dragon flag position like in his book "Bodyweight Exercises for Extraordinary Strength". That would definately be "strength" training. I cannot see how most of the stuff you are doing is going to help your swimming, though good for general strength fitness. What do you think about this?
swimmer wrote: Hey snowlion,
Thanks for taking the time to read my log and for your suggestions.
I'm currently taking a break from competitive swimming. Unfortunately, I missed the national cut for a few tenths of a second and that was my last chance. I'm still swimming 2-3x a week though.
I've done that sort of training, but it just wasn't working for me. Although that type of training has worked for plenty of world class swimmers, I believe that maximal strength training with compound movements is more beneficial for me since I'm primarily a breaststroke sprinter.
The barbell routine worked wonders for me: I became much more powerful and explosive on the water, especially on turns. I believe that it had a major role in my time drops. Unfortunately it wasn't enough :)
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