Recommended Reading: Planks, Durability, Dryland Foundations

Core Fixes For Your Core:  Matt Siniscalchi: 

The abdominal exercise known commonly as the “plank” or the “bridge” is a mainstay in most dryland programs. While this should be a straight forward exercise, its execution is not always up to par.  In this article, Matt Siniscalchi talks about a common flaw; an overdominant rectus abdominus. Many swimmers have a tendency to bridge with excessive thoracic kyphosis (a.k.a . hump back). This often gets ignored and this faulty pattern simply gets reinforced.

 

 Mold an athlete into a swimmer: Chris Ritter

This is a must read for coaches and athletes. Chris’ assessment of  a swimmers Durability and his/her overall Athleticism could not be more on point.  This article vividly mirrors my own thoughts and approaches to the subject matter.  Dryland training should not be limited to simply increasing work capacity. Ask yourself, “What are you doing FOR your athletes?”, rather than, “What are you doing TO them?”  Athletes are great compensators; and for this very reason it’s important to keep a watchful eye on movement quality.  Quality Movement = Improved Athleticism = Improved Durability = Increased Training Threshold. 

 

Dryland Foundations:  Yours Truly

This is a repost on the fundamental cornerstones of dryland training. As the SCY season begins it’s important to have a planned and structured program, both in the warer and out. In this 3 part series I briefly discuss: Musculoskeletal Strength and Power Increases, Skill and Athletic Development, Corrective Measures, and Cardiopulmonary Conditioning. Have a reason for what you are doing. Be consistent. When in doubt, stick to the basics….They Work.