What are the best exercises for improving swimming-specific mobility?
Is it great question on swimming specific mobility. And in this video, I'm going to show two different things that I use with my swimmers to help sort of maintain that full body length. The first one might feel more like a core exercise but it still is really going to help with. Like the isometric, lengthening of your body during swimming and then the second one will be more of that. Feel good sort of lat stretch opening. So on the first one, I'm going to stand about 6 inches away from the wall, bring the ball up overhead. Both hands almost into a streamlined position reach as far as you can. And then at that point of the height, you're going to notice that your but wants to kick out somewhat. So with hands into the pressure of the bowl, tuck your hips under, hold that position, For five seconds and then relax. So you're all the way overhead drawing. Your core in to make it a strong core base movement as you're pushing, that's going to work on length, throughout the whole upper body giving you that long streamline position without breaking body form. And then on the second exercise, which is the easier of the two e start on all fours, Rock backwards. Reach one arm over across the other. I'm going to do it the other way. So I'm reaching my left hand over across and then I drop back and I stretch all through here. So I'm anchoring my hands down one on top of the other and then lifting and reaching through there. So, I'm just rocking back and forth, stretching this whole line of the lats and maximizing shoulder range, of motion, which is going to be hugely important for swimming.
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