I used to train someone who is still currently a competitive open-water swimmer. She also trains others to swim.
Although resistance training is effective, she has shared with me that the best training for a swimmer is swimming.
This makes sense to me. There is a principle in exercise science called the SAID principle. In a nutshell it says you get what you train for.
Perhaps you might hire someone is trains swimmers specifically to reach your swimming goals.
Have you searched the USA Swimming site? Here are a couple of examples which you can read regarding your question. There are many more in their site:
I hope this helps!
Below you’ll find the answer I gave to a very similar question here on IDEA just a few months ago. I hope this helps:
I’ll be honest, I reached out to my massage therapist (Liz Long of Prosperity Body Work) to help me answer your question. Although I’ve swam my fair share of laps in the pool, she has an extensive background in the sport. Her history includes 8 years of competitive US Swimming; 6 years as a private swim coach, including 2 years as a US Master’s coach with High Altitude Masters in Santa Fe, NM (copied this info from her website’s bio page at http://www.prosperitybodywork.com/bio.html).
Now that you know Liz’s qualifications, here’s the answer to your question from an email she sent me:
“Strengthen the whole core: front, sides, and back (crunches, oblique crunches, cobras, any core stabilization method you can find [that doesn’t cause you pain]).
Strengthen the whole leg (plenty of squats and lunges).
Also, strengthen the lats, shoulders, biceps, triceps, and traps. Any common gym routine for any of these will do [assuming none of the exercises cause you to feel pain].
Keep good rotator cuff health by attaching a therapy band to a post, bending you elbow at 90 degrees down by your side and internally rotating the arm for 30 seconds and externally rotating the arm for 30 seconds. Aim for good flexibility around the joints but avoid loss of stabilization.
Do a lot of stretches for the whole body after you warm up for at least 200yds and follow up with joint mobilizations like gentle arm circles.
If you really want to improve your swimming see a professional coach once in awhile.”
Wow, a lot of info, I know! Let me know if you’d like me to clarify anything she included in her response but I hope at least some of this helps you get started.
Hello Alliene Maples,
Yes, there is a program you may get advice from. Think of what stroke will be used, then concentrate on that area. I prefer a full body program with tweaks for the specialty the client chooses.
Here is something to get you started:
I hope this helps.