The most important muscles in swimming :: Strong core = fast swimming

The most important muscles in swimming :: Strong core = fast swimming

The most important muscles in swimming It’s true that you use most of the muscles
in your body to swim, but there is a group of muscles that is essential for swimming
more than any other, that is the core muscles. Just look at these amazing men and women competing at the Paralympic games. If they didn’t have strong core muscles they wouldn’t be able to move in a straight line and yet they do. So these muscles, the core muscles have three important functions when you are swimming. 1- Direction When you pull in freestyle or backstroke,
what keeps you in line is your core muscles. If you don’t use them then you would be
zig-zagging. And if you didn’t use your core in breaststroke or butterfly there would be no transferring of potential energy from your arms to your feet, as we talked in our
part 6 of physics of swimming video, and you wouldn’t move very fast. Your core is what helps you move where you want to move. It is also what keeps your legs from sinking
if you engage it properly. 2- Rotation When you swim freestyle and backstroke you are also constantly rotating your body. This helps to put your arms in a better position
to pull but it also helps the pull. By rotating your body you are also pulling your arms when tightening your oblique muscles. 3- Base of support “Unlike land-based athletes, who have a
stable surface to push off from, you have to generate your own base of support”. That base of support is your core. That’s where the power to move your body with your arms and legs comes from. Without core muscles, you would be like a
cooked spaghetti with arms and legs moving nowhere in the water. To strengthen your core check out this playlist on core strength that will appear at the end of the video. If you didn’t see last weeks video, I just
want to remind you that we still have some spots available for our swimming camps. Here is a quick summary of our schedule. Day 0 (arrival day) Pick up from the airport and you will receive a SkillsNT welcome kit. Day 1 We will have our team bonding and our first swimming session and video recordings of your swim. Day 2 Another swim session with recordings and technique drills and afternoon dryland session.  We
will identify areas of improvement outside the water. Day 3  On this day we will swim twice correcting techniques on the specific events that you
want to focus on. Day 4 (video analysis) One swimmer at a time during the day will be called to see her/his video analysis to
see the areas where he/she can improve the most. Day 5 (endurance) Morning session: we will go for a swim. Then we will focus on your video analysis and making your stroke more efficient with lots of drills and feedback from us. Day 6 (filming & efficiency) Long swimming practice, you will be called throughout the practice for a fast recording. You will be separated in groups so we can give specific training to each group.  
You will have the rest of the day for yourself. You can explore the facilities, the island
or simply rest. Day 7 (departure day) Time to say goodbye In the next couple of weeks, you will receive a bundle with Your full video analysis of your swim during the camp. Exercises outside and inside the water to
finish correcting your technique to create muscle memory for the correction to be permanent. If this is something you are really interested in I’ll leave links in the description for both camps and once you fill out a questionnaire we will contact you to clear any doubts before you make a decision. See you soon! Swim fast!

29 thoughts on “The most important muscles in swimming :: Strong core = fast swimming

  1. Great videos as always. I have worked heavily on my core the last year and have seen an enormous time drop and fluency of swimming

  2. Hi, I am 10 months trained and I am having a hard time in breaststroke, My kick is the problem, and we tried a drill yesterday which is the back breaststroke, and I tried doing what you said on your videos but I am still not moving in the water. Can you please help me? I want to improve before my competition next month, I hope you will reply.

  3. I also wanted to inquire for my backstroke.

    I am having a hard time rotating my arms fast in backstroke, and when I do, I am swerving and usually hit myself on the lane, and sometimes I sink on the water. Can you tell me what can I do?

  4. Parce, muchas gracias por el dedicado interés de proveernos de herramientas de lujo para el perfeccionamiento de la disciplina nadadora… Me han servido un montón. Abrazo latino desde Bogotá.

  5. What a helpful video 🙂

    Here have an awkward question.
    1:44 What is it something hanging on your goggle? (it looks like thread)

  6. 수영에서 가장 중요한 근육들 :: 강력한 코어 = 빠른 수영

    헤엄치기 위해 몸에 있는 대부분의 근육을 사용한다는 것은 사실입니다, 하지만 다른 근육들보다 수영에 더욱 필수적인 근육들이 있습니다, 그것은 바로 코어(core, 몸 중심부) 근육들입니다.

    패럴림픽 대회에서 경쟁하고 있는 이 놀라운 남녀 수영 선수들을 보십시오. 만약 코어(core, 몸 중심부) 근육들이 강하지 않았다면 그들은 반듯한 궤적을 그리며 헤엄칠 수 없었을 것입니다 하지만 그들은 반듯하게 헤엄치고 있습니다.

    즉 이 근육들, 코어(core, 몸체 중심부) 근육들은 수영에 세 가지 중요한 기능들을 갖습니다.

    1- 방향

    자유형이나 배영에서 팔로 당길 때 반듯한 궤적을 그리면서 갈 수 있게 해주는 것이 코어 근육들입니다. 만약 코어 근육들을 사용하지 않는다면 여러분은 이리저리 비틀거리면서 헤엄치게 될 것입니다. 또한 평영이나 접영에서 코어 근육들을 사용하지 않는다면 저희가 수영의 물리학 비디오 6부에서 말씀드렸던 팔과 발로부터의 화학적 퍼텐셜(잠재, 위치, 근육) 에너지를 전달하지 못하게 되어 빠르게 헤엄치지 못하게 될 것입니다. 코어 근육들은 우리가 원하는 방향으로 움직이게 돕습니다. 또한 코어 근육들을 올바로 사용한다면 다리가 가라앉지 않게 할 수 있습니다.

    2- 회전

    자유형과 배영으로 헤엄칠 때는 몸통을 끊임없이 회전시키고 있게 됩니다. 몸통 회전은 당기기에 더 유리하도록 팔을 위치시키는 데 도움될 뿐만 아니라 당기는 동작을 돕기도 합니다. 몸통을 회전시킬 때는 배 빗근(복사근, oblique)을 수축시킴으로써 팔을 당기기도 합니다.

    3- 지지 기반

    "밀고 나올 수 있는 안정적인 표면(대지, 땅)이 있는, 육상 기반의 운동선수들과는 달리, 수영인은 자신만의 지지 기반을 만들어야만 합니다". 그 지지 기반이 바로 코어(core, 몸 중심부)입니다. 코어(core, 몸 중심부)는 팔과 다리를 이용해 몸을 움직이는 힘이 비롯하는 곳입니다.

    코어 근육들이 없다면, 팔다리가 달린 잘 조리된 스파게티 면발처럼, 물속에서 전혀 이동하지 못할 것입니다.

    만약 지난주 우리 비디오를 보지 못하셨다면, 아직 멕시코와 태국 양 캠프 모두에 몇 자리가 남아있음을 알려드리고 싶습니다.



    스페셜 올림픽 비디오:


    “Swimming Anatomy” Ian Mcleod. 2010

    시청해주셔서 고맙습니다!

    빠르게 헤엄치세요!

  7. I'm a strong runner, I work core all week long and consider it very strong as well as leg, chest/arm muscles, very strong back muscles, but swimming has me baffled. My endurance isn't there. I think it's all related to my breathing technique. I think I have to experiment more w/ breathing to feel comfortable with longer swims. I get winded at about 150 m.

  8. We have heard your feedback! You don’t want to the swimming camp alone. So bring your best friend or two best friends and you will all get up to 18% off.
    Camp in Thailand: August 1st to 8th (7 nights 8 days)

  9. Great video, thanks!
    Just wanted to share that I have been doing a 90% max block of deadlifts to improve my running. It is an exercise which is Impossible to perform without a massive core engagement due to the need to pull such an amount of weight.
    The consequences in my running were somehow good but the real eye opener was what happened in my swimming. I improved something like 5 seconds per 100m in a couple of months just with 2 short sessions a week. This was after 3 years of plateauing. I beat the 6 minutes in the 400m for the very first time in my more than 20 years triathlon career (I am 52).
    So this vídeo was spot on!!! Thanks!

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