How do you develop core control/stability/strength?

Tim CrowleyTo excel in swimming, you need what I call “three-dimensional control in the water in all planes.”

So, TRX training is amazing. Do that twice a week. I also want to comment on the myth that the inability to rotate on the VASA Swim Ergometer makes it less effective” when it comes to developing total body swim strength. That totally misses the point. Everyone agrees that indoor trainers work for cycling, but you’re not braking or cornering or maneuvering. Same with the Erg. It’s not designed to do everything. It does most things well. And it does something exceptionally well, instant feedback on stroke rate and power. If you want to be the best you can be, use TRX to develop that three-dimensional control,” and complement that with the VASA Erg for the rest! ~Tim Crowley

You can also check out this great video where Tim demonstrates simple and effective swim-specific core stabilization exercises that can be integrated into workouts using the Vasa Swim Erg or Vasa Trainer. These key conditioning exercises improve body posture for swimming while also building fatigue resistance.

Swim-specific Core Stabilizer Exercises

Tim Crowley, CSCS, NASM-Pes, TC2 Coaching Head Coach- Tim has been a trainer, coach and elite triathlete for over 20 years. Tim is the Director of Fitness and the Sports Performance at Wayside Racquet and Swim Club in Marlboro, MA. Founder and owner of TC2- Training and Coaching, Tim currently coaches several Elite and Ironman Athletes, including 2008 Olympian and two time World Champion Jarrod Shoemaker, US National Team members Alicia Kaye and Steve Sexton, as well as ITU athletes from the US, Egypt and Canada.


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