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    SwimPath Blog — Training & Technique

    From an Olympians' experience- What motivates a swimmer to get out of bed in the morning to go training.

    From an Olympians' experience- What motivates a swimmer to get out of bed in the morning to go training.

    Looking back on the years of training and dedication that got me to 2 Olympic Games and 3 Olympic Finals, I think about what was it that got me out of bed on those mornings I was so tired and wanted to stay in bed. I often get asked, "Did you ever not want to go training or feel like quitting?" And the answer is yes, and the answer will be the same for the majority of World Class swimmers. Competitive sport is extremely tough and challenging and it's completely normal for us to have feelings of wanting to give up. Here are some motivational ideas/ thoughts that
    pushed me to get out of bed and commit to my training:
    - Ask yourself, Why am I doing this? To do be the best I can be, to beat my personal best, do get under 1min for 100 Fly, to win, I want to be on that Team.
    - Remember how it felt when I missed out on that Final and the time I missed out on making a team?
    - Is going to training going to get me closer to my goal or further away?
    - I don't have to go, but I'm going to feel worse if I don't go training.
    - Put your personal time goals on your bedroom wall, a reminder of what you want to achieve. It was such a good feeling achieving a personal time goal and being able to rip apart the piece of paper with the old time on and create a new goal time.
    - Everyone else will be at training, I'm going to miss out.
    - What will my competitors be doing?
    - If I get up I can have Breakfast!
    - Deep down I want to be doing this and I know I'm not ready to stop swimming.
     
    Everyone will have different goals and different ideas that motivate them to go training. What works for you?
     
    Motivation. Dedication. Goals.

    Strong Shoulder Stability for Faster Swimming

    Strong Shoulder Stability for Faster Swimming

    Over time Swimmers will perform Millions of Shoulder rotations and arm movements, while expecting our Shoulders to deal with it and just power through. Unfortunately our shoulder's are very unlikely to deal with this amount of stress without proper strengthening and stabilising of our Scapulas.

    The majority of Swimmers will experience Shoulder pain during their careers and there's nothing more frustrating then missing out on a competition or only being able to Kick in training due to an injury. 

    Strengthening and stabilising the Scaps will allow swimmers' Training to be more consistent. Stronger Shoulders and Scaps allow swimmers to create more power while pulling and travel faster through the water with less energy! 

    Scapula exercises can easily be done anywhere around training sessions to improve stability:

    Pre- pool workouts- activates the muscles we want to use while swimming to reduce stress on the shoulders, increase Power from our pulling action, decrease chance of injury and missing training.

    Around Pool sessions- Increase strength and stability of the shoulders to maximise performance in the pool and reduce chance of injury and pain.

    Exercises can be done for a small amount of time each day and is definitely worth it for all of those swimmers with goals and who work hard everyday!

    Thera bands are a great tool for training the shoulders and can be found here- Thera bands! Video for exercises to follow!

    The Importance of Core Strength for Swimmers

    The Importance of Core Strength for Swimmers

    Good Core Strength is very beneficial for swimmers and their performance. Core training should be included in all swimming programmes to help swimmers get the best out of their training and become more efficient in the pool.

    The Core Muscles are used in all four strokes, as well as holding streamline position off the turns and the start. Here are some reasons swimmers will benefit from having good Core Strength:

    - A good Core stability allows swimmers to be able to hold the correct body positions while travelling through the water. Holding streamline after pushing off the wall or blocks is essential for travelling faster with less energy.

    - Swimmers will create less drag through the water by being able to hold a good body position and swim faster with less energy. Without the Core muscles being able to control an efficient body position the arms and legs use up high amounts of energy trying to pull and kick through the water resistance.

    - The connection between the Core and the other muscle groups used in swimming such as Arms, Back, Chest and Legs allows swimmers to generate more power while swimming, if the Core muscles are activated.

    - Strong Core muscles help massively with injury prevention and over all body strength. A good Core stability helps support hip, back and shoulder strength especially while training and allows athletes to train at higher intensities and see improvements without injuries.

    The Core can be trained at home and almost anywhere with simple exercises such as the plank, side plank, leg lowers and more! Even for just 10 minutes a day, any swimmer can fit in a bit of core training to help improve their performances in the pool. 

    Check out my demonstration of how you can use an Ab Roller effectively in a core strength exercise routine:

    Check out the Spokey Twin B Ab Roller here

    Improve Strength, Stability and Fitness from home with the new Spokey Gym Range.

    Improve Strength, Stability and Fitness from home with the new Spokey Gym Range.

    SwimPath have introduced a new gym range from Spokey, that can help swimmer's and individual's work on their strength, stability and more in the comfort of their own home. 

    Land training can have a big impact on swimmer's performance in the pool. Fitness components such as Flexibility, Strength, Core stability and Speed can be trained on land in ways they can't in the pool. 

    With the Spokey Gym range there's no excuse to be missing out on land training. For those Club's that find it difficult to access facilities or find time for land conditioning, these gym products can be used at home or anywhere in your own free time. The range includes equipment such as Gym balls, Thera Bands, Push up bars, Skipping ropes and more that swimmer's and individuals can use to improve:

    - Strength

    - Stability

    - Flexibility

    - Endurance

    - Core strength + stability

    - Recovery

    - Injury Prevention

    All of these components can help improve Body Position in the water, Speed and Power, and technique efficiency, as well as general fitness.

    Stay ahead of the competition with Spokey's Gym range and give yourself the best chance of reaching your personal goals.

      

    Enhance Recovery with 2XU & More Mile

    Enhance Recovery with 2XU & More Mile

    SwimPath now stock products to help aid your recovery from training and racing from 2XU and More Mile! 

    2XU (Two Times You!)

    2XU is the official compression partner to some of the World's Best Sporting Teams and has the secret recovery weapon that all athletes want. 2XU compressions skins offer more than twice the compression of other skins and are engineered to be the world's lightest and most flexible compression. The compression offered by 2XU Skins can increase blood flow by 18% to muscle areas in the legs, increasing your recovery rate.
    2XU has a range of different skins with recovery compression suitable for improving recovery post competitions, between races, post training and during land training.
     

    More Mile

    SwimPath now stock More Mile products such as 'The Beast Foam Roller' which is a great tool to help aid recovery, increase and maintain range of movement and prevent injury. More Mile's Rolling Massage Stick is another great tool for helping with recovery, the Stick Roller is great for reaching areas that are difficult to reach with the Roller. More Mile's Beast Foam Roller and Stick Roller are high quality for money and offers these benefits:

     

    -Improves Circulation

    -Reduces Muscle Spams and Tightness

    -Deactivates Muscle Trigger Points

    -Improves Flexibility

    -Helps Recovery from Training and Injuries.

    See how you can improve your recovery and performance with 2XU and More Mile at SwimPath!