SANTA CLARA, California, October 11. THIS week's Dryland Tip from Dr. G. John Mullen helps swimmers learn how to properly time the hips and core muscles during their strokes.
Purpose: Properly timing the hips and core muscles are essential in swimming. In long axis strokes, contralateral (opposite) arm and leg movements help balance the body in the water. Moreover, the spine must stay in a straight line as these opposing body parts work together.
Directions: Lie on your back with your hands and feet facing the ceiling. Next, brace your abdominals and flatten your back on the ground. Bring your opposite arm and leg towards the ground while keeping your back on the floor.
Perform 5 – 10 repetitions.
G. John Mullen is the owner of the Center of Optimal Restoration and creator of Swimming Science. He received his doctorate in Physical Therapy at the University of Southern California. G. John has been featured in Swimming World Magazine, Swimmer Magazine, and the International Society of Swim Coaches Journal.