You Got Rhythm

Last Thursday’s triathlon swim class was interesting with one swimmer. She was very methodical in her stroke, almost over thinking. She used her kick to propel her through the water not using her upper body to pull her. She had no rhythm. It was boom—boom, not baa-baa. In a previous blog I talked about swimming 3 Rs: Relax, Reach and Rhythm. Reach and Rhythm work together. If don’t reach and pull, you cannot have rhythm. Your kicking should be minimal for the bike and run.

To create rhythm, you need upper body strength for the pull with reach to rotate. Here are ways to create your rhythm:

  • Build upper body strength with dumb bells and bands for these exercises: Back lat-pulldown, back rows, tricep dips, front and side raises for shoulders, bicep curl, and chest flys.
  • In the pool, swim with pull buoys and hand paddles for 200-300 yards after a warm up or at the end of your workout.

Happy Swimming!

Published by Pam Houck

Work in the health industry as personal trainer, running and multi-sport coach. As an athlete with celiac disease and asthma, I don't let it limit me to compete in road races and triathlons.

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