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Daily Stretches

Lock Clam – 2x 25 each side

This exercise will help swimmers to get better hip extension, required for kicking (especially in strokes like Breaststroke and Butterfly).

Lay on your side and roll forward until you are almost facing the floor. Straighten your bottom leg, bend the top leg and hook your toes behind your bottom leg. While facing the floor, lift the top knee and control back to the ground (your hips should not move).

Prone Cobra – 20-40sec hold

This exercise helps to improve lower back extension and thoracic mobility which helps to hold a streamline position through the water.

Lay face down with your hands back by your sides. Pull the hands up towards the roof and lift your chest off the floor without lifting your feet. Hold.

Bird Dog Hold – 10sec each side

This exercise helps to improve core control to stop excessive rotation.

On hands and knees, slide one foot back and lift slightly (only 1-2cm off the floor). There should be no rotation of your hips. Progress by reaching the opposite hand out in front. 

Prone Scarecrow Superman – x15-20 reps

This exercise helps to improve lower back extension and overhead positional strength which helps to hold a streamline position through the water.

Lay face down with you hands next to your shoulders. Tuck your chin in. Lift up the chest and hands and reach forward without hands touching the ground. Pull arms back to shoulders without touching the ground and repeat.

Nutrition. Why it is important.

What should I eat before I exercise?

In order to use carbs for energy, the body has to break them down to their simplest form: glucose. So when we choose what to eat in the timeframe before exercise, we want to make choices that are going to support our immediate energy levels rather than take a long time to break down. Options like cereals, muesli or cereal bars, crumpets or English muffins with honey, or a piece of fruit are usually a great choice pre-training as they won’t sit in the stomach for a long period of time (which is important for avoiding digestive issues and nausea while training/competing). It is recommended to have one of these food sources in the 30-60min window before training.

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Junior Athlete Program

Our Juniors are all programmed with seperate programs to suit each child’s needs. This means your child will need to have an initial consult with a coach to determine what their strengths are and what needs to our focus in the program. Once that has been done and a program is written then we may get them back in to go through that program depending on their level prior to coming to the gym. Then you have the choice on bringing them once or twice to the gym on our Tuesday and Thursday morning sessions!

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