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Fitness for Swimming

When we choose to train in specific sports, let’s say swimming, we are often under the impression that all the training takes place while performing that particular sport. For example in swimming, one thinks that all training takes place in the pool.


Think about the most important traits a good swimmer should possess. These are:


1. Power/Strength

2. Co-ordination

3. Agility

4. Muscle as well as aerobic endurance

5. Reaction time (Balance)


We have discussed each one of them in different entries. For example, boot camp exercises we had posted here increase your power and both your muscle and aerobic endurance. The drills that most soccer players follow allow them to improve their coordination, agility, and balance. Pilates is proven to improve all of the aforementioned skills.


As you can see, liking one sport does not necessarily mean practicing only during the time allotted to that sport. If you are good at basketball and wish to improve your game, spending time at the gym performing focused exercises that would improve your reaction time, agility, and acceleration would greatly benefit you.


In the end, making that trip to the gym will allow you to discover a whole lot about yourself and about your abilities as a swimmer, soccer player, basketball champion or tennis star. Fitness is the key word here, rather than swimming. Have you hit the gym yet?


(Post by Thomai Serdari)


Soccer and your daily fitness

You love soccer and you have decided to give it a chance. What is it that you need to know?  You should know how to run. If you have never tried this, begin now by regulating your breathing and finding a pace that is comfortable for you.


Running in soccer means that you need endurance as well as the ability to develop great speeds very quickly. This is called acceleration and in order to achieve it you need to work on it. Think of it as running as fast as you can and as quickly as you can away from your opponent. Not a bad skill to have, right?


The greatest misunderstanding about acceleration leads to the most frequent mistake young soccer players make. Most think that what makes us go fast is the power generated by our legs.  While our legs do all the work, it is our core that pushes us forward. Our core is the center of power.


To achieve maximum velocity, a soccer player needs to relax all other muscles and focus primarily on the center mass of the body and legs. Therefore, a soccer player is equally concerned with overall form, power, coordination, and speed.


The following article describes a few useful exercises that will bring your soccer game to a new level. Have fun!


(Post by Thomai Serdari)