SANTA CLARA, California, October 24. MANY exercises can evolve into a better phase that works the same muscles, but in a slightly different fashion. Dr. G. John Mullen has done that with today’s dryland tip, the Core Partner Pull.
Many swimmers lack anterior and posterior sagittal plane stability, demonstrated by poor dolphin kicking or excessive lumbar spine arching. This exercise is an evolution of the “Hands Overhead Partner Pull” that Mullen presented last February, and works the exact same muscles. Specifically, the anterior and posterior core muscles needed for proper body alignment and movement in butterfly and breaststroke.
Directions: Lie on your back and have your knees bent. Have a partner loop a towel around the back of the shins, then have tighten your abdominals and have your partner pull the towels in the direction of your upper thigh (femur). Try to not let your back arch during this exercise.
Hold for approximately five seconds, for five to 10 repetitions.
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