Training for competition is no joke. Your body will undergo intensive physical training which will test your discipline and endurance. You might be focused on the goal of winning the competition; however, there are smart ways to train. These mechanics of safe training will lower the risk of you ending up with an injury.
Core Strengthening and Cross Training Exercises
Before taking intensive swimming sports training, start strengthening your core. Start slow but gradually intensify the exercise you as you progress. A strong core is important for swimmers. You can strengthen your core by doing core strengthening and cross training exercises. You don’t even need to visit the pool to do this. You can search online or tech blog to find some exercises. But the best way is to work with your coach from start to finish.
Aside from your shoulders, your lungs will work twice harder when you are swimming. It’s crucial for swimmers to learn breathing techniques that aim to strengthen your lungs. One of the perks of learning breathing techniques is you’ll not be gasping for air, and your endurance will be a lot better. The basic breathing technique you should learn is how to mindlessly inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. This is how we used to be breath when we were still a newborn. This way of breathing is efficient and it brings more oxygen to the lungs.
Avoid Repetitive Strokes
As a swimmer, you are required to master all the swimming style; however, repetitive strokes can lead to overuse of muscles or body parts which can result in an injury. Your coach usually has everything planned out for you to make sure that the training will be effective yet decrease the chances of you having an injury. If you are on your own without any guidance from a professional, don’t stick with one stroke. As much as possible, change strokes after 5 lapses. And don’t forget to take periodical rests to prevent straining your muscles and tendons.