Is there a 'Perfect' Swimming Warm-up?

Is there a ‘Perfect’ Swimming Warm-up?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Training Leave a Comment

Warm-up and warm-down are confusing subjects in the realm of swimming. Different teams use different strategies with different success. But, what are the best means to warm-up? Is there a ‘perfect swimming warm-up’? What do you do if you don’t have a warm-up or warm-down pool available? Is warm-up/down even important? Do age group swimmers even need warm-down? These questions …

Ankle Swimming Flexibility

Ankle Swimming Flexibility

Dr. GJohn Mullen Allan Phillips, Biomechanics, Blog, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

Background on Ankle Swimming Flexibility Improving ankle mobility in freestyle, backstroke, and the butterfly is often vexing for both swimmers and coaches. Some swimmers appear naturally blessed with mobile ankles. Others work madly to force plantar flexion (toes pointed down) but make little progress. Although plantar flexion and dorsiflexion (toes pointed up) are both needed for dynamic ankle mobility in …

Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance

Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Training Leave a Comment

Take Home Points on Swimming Warm-up and Swimming Performance If performing a warm-up, in-water warm-up appears most effective Warm-up is commonly performed by every swimmer. The role of swarm-up in sprint swimming was discussed recently in best Warm-up for Sprint Swimming Performance. It is believed a warm-up increases muscle temperature, stimulates muscles for performance, decreases the time to achieve peak tension and relaxation, and reduces …

Swimmer’s Ankle Mobility Touch Your Toes to the Ground in 90 Days

Swimmer’s Ankle Mobility: Touch Your Toes to the Ground in 90 Days

admin Allan Phillips, Biomechanics, Blog, Dryland, Latest&Greatest Leave a Comment

Ankle mobility and flexibility is one of the holy grails of swimming body contortions. For some, it comes easy, while for others, it is more work. Fortunately, we’re here to offer a systematic approach as most tend to address it in a scattershot manner. To start, we’ll steal from other disciplines such as dance, whose culture is seen to be …

Does Kettlebell Training Increase Explosiveness In Swimming?

Does Kettlebell Training Increase Explosiveness In Swimming?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

Background Kettlebell Training  Kettlebells are an emerging fitness product, being used in gyms around the country and world. Despite the common use, minimal research has been done on these products, especially in comparison to other fitness devices. The kettlebell (KB) swing is believed to improve the hip hinge by stressing the gluteals and hamstrings muscles. This study looked to establish …

Is Resistance Training In Swimming Effective?

Is Resistance Training In Swimming Effective?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training 2 Comments

Background On Resistance Training Resistance training in swimming has been a complicated and controversial topic for years. Some believed swimmers should not perform resistance training as swimmers want longer, lankier muscles. However, over the past few decades, resistance training has become more commonplace, with high anecdotal evidence to support its usefulness, especially in short course swimming. There are more forms …

Does Post-activation Potentiation Increase Sprints In Swimmers?

Does Post-Activation Potentiation Increase Sprints In Swimmers?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

Background On Post-Activation Potentiation  Strength and conditioning programs coinciding with sports require a balance of volume and effectiveness. Too often strength coaches perform too much volume in their dry-land program, preventing athletes from maximal performance in their sport. Post-activation potentiation (PAP) is a mechanism to maximally stress the muscle, overruling the governors of the nervous system, allowing maximal sprint capacity. …

What Are The Effects Of High-Intensity Training?

What Are The Effects Of High-Intensity Training?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Blog, Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

Background On High-Intensity Traning High intensity, short rest exercise is commonly used in swimming and dry-land. This demanding form of training is believed to influence different energy systems with minimal research. This form of training has gained much praise almost solely on anecdotal research but is more commonly seen in dry-land and fitness enthusiast. Popular commercial programs of this variety …

Are Warm-ups Beneficial?

Are Warm-ups Beneficial?

Dr. GJohn Mullen Dr. John Mullen, Dryland, Latest&Greatest, Training Leave a Comment

Background On Warm-ups  A warm-up is beneficial for sports performance. However, the intensity of warm-ups for different race durations is not well studied. It is believed warm-up reduces anaerobic glycolytic metabolism with a parallel increase in aerobic metabolism potentially induced by a faster oxygen uptake kinematics, which may delay fatigue. This would improve middle-distance and short-endurance durations of exercise (3-10 …