Three Swim Strength Training Exercises

  • By Sara McLarty
  • Published Mar 26, 2015
  • Updated Jan 22, 2016 at 9:01 AM UTC

Functional exercises to strengthen your stroke this season.

Add these functional exercises to your pre-season routine to build stroke power and a strong core. Focus on good technique and proper body position. If you can only do two reps with perfect form, take a 20–30-second break, then try two more.

Plank Row

Grab a dumbbell in each hand in a plank position. Keep knees or feet hip-width apart for balance and stability. Lean body weight onto left arm and lift the right dumbbell off the floor. Use a “row” motion to pull dumbbell up to the side of your body. Do not rotate torso; keep chest facing the floor. Slowly lower dumbbell, transfer body weight, and repeat with the left arm.

Beginner: Legs bent, balance on knees

Advanced: Legs straight,
balance on toes

Reps: 10 rows each arm. Adjust weights as necessary to complete set with proper form

See a video demonstration of this exercise.

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