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Don't forget to stretch! Stretching is a key component to your swim training regimen.
Don't forget to stretch! Stretching is a key component to your swim training regimen.

Stretching For Swimmers - 4 Warm-up Exercises Every Swimmer Must Know
Brenton Ford
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Have you ever found it really hard to 'get going' in a training session?

For swimmers, one of the biggest problems they face during training is not being warmed up enough before they begin the main set or speed work. There are two ways to help your body prepare for the main part of a training session so it's warmed up and ready to swim fast. The first one is to do more distance in the pool and add in fast 25's and 50's in the warm up. The second way and the best way is to perform static stretches before you get wet. Static stretching minimises the risk off injury and helps you feel stronger and 'looser' in the water. If you're wondering how to swim fast everyday, do these pre-training static exercises.

1. Arm swings - The simplest and most common warm-up exercise for swimmers is the most important one you can do. 10 forward swings, 10 backward swings and 10 opposite direction swings will do it.

2. Hand slaps - Hold both arms straight out in front and swing one arm out to the side and then bring it back in front of you and slap your other hand to start it swinging out to the side. Have you seen Michael Phelps stand on the blocks and swing his arms behind his back? This warm-up exercise will really help you swim in the water. 10 hands slaps will do it.

3. Lunges - Walking lunges help warm up the legs for swimming, and help particularly with freestyle and freestyle turns. Keep your hips forward and put pressure on the heel and not your toes.

4. Jump starts - Squat down with your hands in between your legs, and in your head say "Take your marks. Go" and on "Go" jump up to the sky in a streamline position. Practice 5 of these, working on jumping as high as you can.

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Article Source, Brenton Ford

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