How to Get the Most from Your Training
We want you to fully enjoy your training and, if you are building up to event participation, prepare for your big day in the best way possible.
Swimming is a great exercise to choose, not least because the buoyancy and resistance you'll experience in the water will help you.
The benefits of buoyancy:
- Minimal stress impact on the joints and body;
- A body immersed in water bears approximately 90% of its own weight;
- Offers a route for excluded groups to exercise and be healthier e.g. the larger or obese person, those with injury, or illness.
The benefits of resistance in the water:
- The density of water is approximately 800 times that of air offering 12 to 14 times more resistance than that of training on dry land;
- Water is capable of providing full-body resistance allowing a more balanced all over body workout, which can result in better and more complete muscular development;
- The resistance of the water does not allow for sudden body movements reducing the chances of muscle strain and injury;
- To produce more power in water you have to increase your effort against a constant resistance.
That is why swimming is an all over body workout.
As muscles typically work in pairs (i.e. triceps and biceps or quadriceps and hamstrings), each group will encounter water resistance and be worked more effectively. To create this same effect on dry land you would need to re-position or use different exercises to work both of these and opposing muscle groups.
To learn more, take a look at the other pages in this section.