• Martin Spierings

Training With Dryland Swim Cords


With most pools across the world closed, triathletes are eager to keep their swimming strength and fitness up to one degree or another. We reviewed a few of the videos popping up on the web these last couple of weeks to help guide get the most benefit out of this tool. Nothing of course will substitute being in the water but hopefully this will help flatten your loss of swimming fitness curve.


Technique

It's important when doing the front pull movements with the cords to reinforce good stroke mechanics so when you're finally able to get in the water again you won't have learned the wrong technique. This will take some discipline and focus to get the high elbow catch movement right. Please send a video to your coach and have them make sure you're doing it right. But here are some good videos on getting it right.




Strength

So the main use of dryland cords before coronavirus was to SUPPORT what you were already doing in the pool. They can be used as resistance workout to work and isolate various swimming related muscle groups. Below of an example of the different exercises you can do for muscular strength.




Swimming Workout Substitution

Now, with pools closed, athletes are looking to replace their swim workouts entirely with dryland exercises. Below my childhood hero Dave Scott runs through a program that will not only work different muscle groups but also work your heart rate.



Where to get 'em?

You can get 25% off Dryland Cords from Finis using code: TCMTRISQUAD2020. Hurry 'cos some styles are already in backorder!


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