Another thing you may want to consider is doing some resistance training
to create muscle mass. Try getting some surgical tubing, as its cheap
(you can get it at a hardware store), its versatile, and its easier to
lug around than a Nautilus machine! This would be an effective
alternative to going on a weight training program, which can tend to to
more harm than good.
Tie the tubing around a post at shoulder height, and put the ends in
each hand. While standing, lean over to almost a nintey degree angle,
and practice the pulls of each stroke (back is another ball of wax).
The swimmer gains strenth in the pertinent areas as the resistance from
the tubing creates muscle mass.
In the water, tie the tubing to a belt around the swimmer's waist and
tie the other end to a post or something secure behind the swimmer. The
tubing should be about one third to half the length of the pool. The
swimmer dives in and proceeds to swim towards the other end, and the
tubing will get tighter, thus the swimming gets increasingly difficult.
This is great for all strokes and a real challenge! The swimmer's goal
is to get to the other end of the pool. Then they can turn around and
swim back at lightning speed, as the tubing is pulling them in the
opposite direction. This isnt only useful, its fun!
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