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5 Ways That Resistance Band Training Can Benefit Your Swimming

 Resistance band exercises offer several benefits for swimmers:

Strengthens Key Muscle Groups

Swimmers rely on a variety of muscles for propulsion and stability in the water. Resistance bands can target these muscles, including the lats, shoulders, core, and legs, making them stronger and more efficient. This can lead to faster strokes, better endurance, and improved overall performance.

Improves Core Stability

A strong core is crucial for maintaining a streamlined body position in the water. Resistance band exercises that target the core muscles can help swimmers develop better core stability, which can lead to reduced drag and more efficient swimming.

Increases Power 

Specific resistance band exercises can mimic swimming motions, training the muscles for explosive power during strokes. This can be particularly beneficial for freestyle and butterfly strokes.

Reduces Injury Risk 

Strengthening the muscles used in swimming can help prevent overuse injuries that are common among swimmers. Resistance bands allow for a controlled workout that can help improve flexibility and range of motion alongside strength.

Land-based Training Option 

Swimmers can use resistance bands for dryland training, which is an essential part of any swim workout program. This allows them to work on their strength and conditioning outside of the pool, complementing their swimming sessions.

Overall, resistance bands are a versatile and effective tool for swimmers to improve their strength, power, core stability, and overall performance.

Below is a youTube video by Natalie Williams of Vive Health. She goes through a full body workout for beginners, using a loop resistance band, available quite cheaply on Amazon or eBay.  Ideal for getting you motivated to start!!

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