Sports specific training is currently very popular. You may have seen movements that claim to be a swimming exercise. But if it is not an exercise you do in the water, beware! You may be wasting your time. Bicep curls, bench presses and reverse fly’s may appear to work the muscles you use for swimming, but not in the same way you will use them in the water. Even some movements in the water may not be helping your sport. Muscles developed for performing one activity, such as the bench press, will not necessarily perform any better when in the water. This is the phenomenon know as state-dependent learning which dictates that in which the retrieval of newly acquired information is possible only if the subject is in the same environment and physical state as during the learning phase.
By far the most effective way to improve you swimming is to ..swim! Attention to how well and efficiently you move in the water is more beneficial than spending time doing a swimming exercise. You need to work on your swimming fitness and this is best done in the water. Your muscles and coordination will develop and condition themselves during the act of swimming www.lakesidect.com without the need for a separate swimming exercise. However, it is important that your action is efficient. It is common for swimmers to try too hard when training for speed resulting in inappropriate actions – ultimately wasted effort. Let’s see what Aleksandr Popov, Russian Olympic Swimmer has to say
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