Strengthen Your Stroke

Hopefully, you’re enjoying a great summer and you are managing to hit the pool regularly. As time trials are about to begin again this month its time to strengthen your stroke and start shaving the seconds of your lap times.

This handy little guide will break down of each stroke and highlight the physical benefits that swimming regularly can have on your body.

BREASTSTROKE

The Breaststroke is great for any beginner as it is easy on the body. You don’t have to exert a ton of effort so you can find a pace that suits you and swim continuously for longer distances. This makes it a great cardiovascular workout, helping strengthen the heart and lungs whilst in addition toning the thighs, upper back, chest, triceps, hamstrings, and lower legs.

BACKSTROKE

Backstroke is excellent for improving posture and toning all the important areas for showing off the summer swimsuit. You will look taller and less hunched whilst toning up the stomach, legs, arms, shoulders, and buttocks. It is also perfect for improving flexibility (especially in the hips) which makes it a must if you are stuck behind a desk eight hours a day.

FREESTYLE

This one is for the speed freaks. It is easy to do but difficult to master. Again, you will see benefits across the board with your stomach, buttocks and shoulders all feeling it most. It will also help tone your back muscles and keep you feeling strong and limber after long days in the office.

BUTTERFLY

Definitely not for beginners! It is difficult to learn but the rewards make it worth trying. It is the most effective stroke for toning and building muscles and will give you a significant cardiovascular boost. The main target areas are your chest, stomach, triceps, biceps, and back muscles, all of which will see growth and toning. A quick burst of this will also stretch out your body adding some flexibility and suppleness to your routine. Maximum effort, maximum reward.

So, there you have it, our benefit guide to the core swimming strokes. Good luck with your first ‘Time Trials’ in over 18 months – you’ve got this!!

Source information taken from Nicholas Townsend article – SimplySwim