October 26, 2021
A proper warm-up is essential before you swim. Warm-ups help prime you for your session while reducing your injury risk. Here’s how to do it.
I don’t swim all that often these days, but I used to swim 15k to 40k a week during my pro days.
Before every swim, before I even entered the water, I would do a short dynamic warm-up on the side of the pool – or on the beach beside the ocean.
This warm-up did two things for me.
Anyone who has ever swum somewhere cold will know the horrible feeling of jumping into a cold pool in the middle of winter. Anything you can do to improve that experience is a wonderful thing.
A dynamic warm-up is a series of movement drills used to warm up your body before exercise.
An effective dynamic warm-up increases your range of movement and blood and oxygen flow to your muscles, tendons, and ligaments before they’re called upon to do a serious training session.
These movement drills reduce your risk of injury from increased elasticity in the muscle.
I demonstrated some of my favourite warm-up exercises for swimming in the video above. So watch that and give the exercises a go. They will help you warm up various muscle groups and prep you for your swim.