Now that we're all inspired by the swims — and, yes, the abs — of Dana Vollmer, Michael Phelps, and Missy Franklin, it's time to jump into the pool and get your swim on!
Now that we're all inspired by the swims — and, yes, the abs — of Dana Vollmer, Michael Phelps, and Missy Franklin, it's time to jump into the pool and get your swim on! With a busy schedule and scattered recreational swim hours, it can be hard to fit in a pool workout. Luckily, you can still improve your stroke and technique in the gym by incorporating these upper-body exercises into your next weight-room session. Soon, you will begin to notice better balance, rotation, and strength in the water.
Medicine Ball Push-ups
: Strengthens your overall body, placing specific emphasis on the arms and core. Focusing on one side of your body at a time, and then all parts together, will help with overall body connection, balance, and awareness in all four swimming strokes.
: One medium-sized, hard medicine ball.
- Start in a plank position with your right hand on the medicine ball. The wider your feet, the easier the exercise. Remember, you can always try this on your knees.
- Bend your elbows, lowering yourself toward the ground. Push yourself up returning to plank.
- Do five to seven reps for a set. Then repeat the same motions on your left side.
- To complete the round, move the medicine ball off to the side and do five to seven basic push-ups, focusing totally on body connection and technique.
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