16 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Doing Core Work

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16 Thoughts Swimmers Have While Doing Core Work (From the Swimming World Archive)

By Molly Lloyd, Swimming World College Intern 

Let’s be real, even though we all love the results of core sessions – I mean, who doesn’t like having abs of steel? – they can be pretty rough. We can only do so many planks and pike-holds before we let our minds wander to other things to distract ourselves from the pain we’re feeling; but hey, we’re working hard. And in the long run, we know there will be benefits. Here are 16 thoughts that might have gone through your head while doing core with your team.

1. Alright, first round, not bad. I can do this.

2. Jeez, how long is this plank anyway?

3. It’s only been a minute? For real?

4. God, my abs are on fire.

5. Do my hips always pop like this while doing bicycles?

6. …seventeen…eighteen…nineteen…twenty.

7. Hmm…I wonder what’s for dinner after this.

8. Speaking of food, I should NOT have eaten all those Girl Scout cookies before this.

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9. We’re only on round two of four??

10. What if I don’t make it through this? What if I die?

11. At least I’m gonna be strong as heck after this.

12. Aw yeah. Abs of steel. Washboard abs, here I come.

13. We are a good looking team. Oh man, I’d like to see other teams do this much core.

14. Wow this one is definitely the worst exercise.

15. So…close…

16. Oh man. We’re done. Dang, I feel strong.

No matter what you’re thinking while doing core, the most important thing is that you get through the exercises and get stronger. Dryland workouts are incredibly important when it comes to improving in the pool. Regardless of how you do it, you make it through. Happy core-ing!

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6 years ago

Madison X

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6 years ago

Haley McKay Gio Wickett Ruth Ormiston Naomi Kirsh Kalyn Wigston

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6 years ago

I think #17 is ” I wonder what MiMi is doing!”

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6 years ago

Jordann CoachL, I have though all of these thoughts during abs… Lol.

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Nichole Schultz #7 for you…

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6 years ago

Emily Neville us last year

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6 years ago

Olivia Rose Byrne

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6 years ago

Emily Rhodes

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6 years ago
Reply to  Vicki Zappa

Haha Vicki Zappa I think of random-er stuff then that, “I wonder what would happen if a duck jumped into the pool”

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6 years ago
Reply to  Vicki Zappa

????

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6 years ago

Levi S. Vance

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Caitlin Kat Louisa de Jongh Lauren Billson

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6 years ago

They left one out…
‘I really should have done more core’

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6 years ago

Hahahahaha! This sums us up perfectly when we were made to do core ? Alix Whitney Zhara Wimbus

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6 years ago

Danya Gaddu Jess Jones this was us on Wednesday

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6 years ago
Reply to  Jamie Keyte

The main one I was thinking was what kind of long darn minute is this

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6 years ago

Elitsa Waldorf Aleksandra Stoyanova Stanislava Nesheva edno vreme

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6 years ago

Jessica Hurley I feel like this was us back in the day

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6 years ago

Hahahah lucky me I still think this every single day

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6 years ago

Georgi