For a swimmer, building core strength and core endurance is vital in maintaining a strong posture and power when executing your strokes. When I refer to an athlete’s core, I am talking about stability and optimal range of motion from the shoulders and hips as well as strong obliques and abdominal muscles. The demand of swimming can require an athlete to withstand thousands of strokes in a given week which can be brutal on your shoulders and core. Dryland exercises should look to combat the repetitive movements and positions in swimming to reduce risk of injury and improve performance.
Common issues I see in swimmers are shoulder pathology and postural dysfunctions like kyphosis and lordosis. Here are2 examples of corrective exercises for increasing core strength and improving posture.
If you are already doing planks in your program and executing them well, try the
Chloe Sutton - Sharing my experience of 20 years of competitive swimming including 8 years on the National Team and 2 Olympic Games.