Advantages of Swimming as a “Crosstrain”

Swimming can bring you benefits with Lifeguard Class that you can often appreciate and/or see much easier and faster than any other form of complementary training, believe it or not.

If you are doubting right now and you are having a hard time believing this… I only ask you to search in google with this phrase: “Olympic Swimmers Best Bodies” . That will be enough for you to understand this note.

Surely we could mention an infinity of benefits that you can obtain through training in the pool, but for practical terms I will mention 5 that you will surely be able to experience and begin to feel and see by increasing your frequencies by training swimming to complement all your training:

  1. Balanced Muscular Growth : The muscular build of swimmers is basically long muscles that complement the muscles targeted by gym/crossfit and/or TRX work, etc. As a side note: you have to maintain a balance between the strength work of the upper body (arm, shoulders, back, etc.) and the lower body (leg, calf, etc.) so that they don’t tell you: “And when it’s your leg? ?”
  2. Increase your Flexibility: the temperature of most pools, due to the fact that they belong to private clubs, gyms, schools, etc. they are usually kept at a high temperature (hot 30 degrees or more). This helps the muscles relax and makes it easier for you to gain flexibility or at least practice it more easily. Cycling and running sessions facilitate the formation of lactic acid (translated into muscle pain, contractures, cramps, etc.). A single session of aerobic swimming can help lower those lactic acid levels and allow you to continue the week fresher and with your muscles recovered and more relaxed.
  3. Strengthening the “Core” : swimming helps you strengthen your abs much faster than any weight training program or physical work. Although most of any swim workout is 70% arm work, the kick is the perfect complement to core and lower back work. The use of the board and/or the pull buoy help your hips float by supporting your upper body, while you kick to seek forward you are working with your abdomen.


  1. Endurance: by improving technique, a swimmer can last much longer training than in many other activities because you don’t have an impact on your joints and because of the air you get from swimming training.

Being able to train for long periods of time allows us to burn more and more calories than, for example, a runner. So if you have access to a pool and are looking to burn calories more efficiently, at least give yourself the opportunity to do so and feel the changes you can get with this alternative to your training plan. Also, if due to an injury that means you CANNOT run, swimming is the best way to stay fit and continue to gain an important aerobic base.

  1. Low-impact training: not only will you achieve a better aerobic base or physical condition with swimming, you will also avoid less wear and tear on your joints. Soccer, basketball, tennis, athletics, weight training involve high wear on knees, ankles and joints and can eventually make you stop your training due to injury and/or inflammation (periostitis, plantar fasciitis, etc).

If you manage to balance your week and training sessions to include swimming exercises, your muscles and joints will get the rest they need without sacrificing your training.



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