Swimming Nationals Over The Xmas Holidays

The City of Glasgow’s finest swimmers remained in exceptional kind at the 2016 Scottish Nationwide Short Course Championships at Edinburgh through 9-11 December. The team of over 50 professional athletes positioned 3rd general in the leading club rankings, returning with a remarkable haul of 6 medals and various record breaking swims.

Craig McNally was among the top entertainers in the line up, accomplishing a clean sweep of the men’s backstroke titles. His great times of 24.25, 51.47 and also 1:52.18 for the particular 50, 100 and 200m ranges were all professional bests for the 100-metre race likewise bringing the included perk of developing a brand-new Scottish Senior Record! The University for the West of Scotland undergrad has actually just been with the group only since September and stated that he is happy with his development, “It’s just been a brief area of time however the outcomes up until now reveal the move to Glasgow is going truly well for me; I have actually settled into the brand-new training program and I’m anticipating seeing exactly what I can do in the year ahead.”

Rio 2016 Olympian and also University of Glasgow trainee Camilla Hattersley verified her status as the nation’s finest female range swimmer with a powerful win in the 400 freestyle (4:05.75) and a gold medal in the longer 800 metre race (8:26.48) where she was pressed all the way by Stirling’s Danielle Huskisson.

Chris Lowther was truly the most popular in the men’s 1500 freestyle however needed to go for the bronze medal regardless of a season’s finest time of 15:33.12.
Junior global professional athlete Anna Fleming revealed her class yet once again by reaching the senior finals in each of her 7 occasions and winning the National Junior title in 6 of the 7. Probably her finest efficiency remained in the 50m freestyle in where she actually set a Junior record show which was 25.61. She will also planning to perform quicker today when completing for Scotland and also Great Britain at the Ontario Junior International Meet in Canada.

We are all looking forward to the English nationals where we hope that swimmers do a great job there also.  The dates of other sporting events are posted on bank-holiday.co.uk. We hope that that guys take a we deserved break over Christmas holidays and then bring more success in 2017.

In the men’s breaststroke occasions, Jack McComish remained in life time best form achieving all 3 ‘B’ finals and also setting brand-new European Deaf records of 28.52, 1:02.68 and 2:17.26 along the way. McComish, a college student at the University of West of Scotland, has actually simply been revealed in the British group for the 2017 Deaflympics
Other swimmers that reached ‘A’ finals throughout the 3 day competitors consisted of Ryan Brown (Fourth 200 butterfly; Sixth 400 IM, 7th 100 butterfly), Connor MacNeil (8th 200 butterfly) Martin McInnes (7th 400 freestyle), Emily Horne (Fourth 200 freestyle), Serena Iheagwarem (Sixth 200 butterfly) and Katie Shanahan (8th 400 IM). Shanahan’s efficiency was even more excellent considered that she is just 12 years of ages and her time of 4:59.83 developed a brand-new Scottish record for 12 years aged women.

Head Efficiency Coach, Ian Wright discussed the club’s outcomes: “We targeted carrying out well at this satisfy however it’s constantly tough to assess precisely what form the swimmers remain in prior to the racing begins. The entire group did a fantastic task, both jointly and with their specific targets. Our senior professional athletes blazed a trail however it was likewise terrific to see a few of our junior swimmers beginning to break through at this level. We will aim to capitalise on those achievements next week at the English Nationals also throughout 2017.”

Improve your swimming with weight training

Swimming as a sport has come a very long way since the days of Olympic swimmers struggling in the freezing waters of the Mediterranean. These great improvements in the conditions in which the sport takes place have led way for it to be almost a requirement for strength and conditioning for an athlete to compete. Quite a large amount of swimmers don’t utilise weight training and that is quite a mistake if you are a serious. It is recommended that you support your swimming with a variety of different exercises.

It’s difficult without weights

Muscle is built through adding load or stress onto the muscles. Swimming does not actually create a great amount of stress. Most of the stress is from the repetitive movements which are done while you swim.

Recent research has shown that female swimmers have the lowest level of bone density of all athletes. From this research, it appears that the movements performed in swimming may increase a swimmers risk of osteoporosis, if not combined with weight training or other exercise.

The human body is not actually made to move fast in water. In fact, even the smallest and weakest of fishes can swim 10 times faster than the fastest human, and for a much longer amount of time too. While swimming uses a large number of muscles within the body, training these muscles with weights helps you to become faster, more efficient and better in the water.


Weight training strengthens the core

There is little support for the body in water so many people swim with the torso hanging in the water and their head up. This is very inefficient and also it is bad for the back and breathing.  Having a weak back is often the cause of these issues.

The repetitive movements required for swimming greatly increases the risk of injuring joints and muscles. Using weights and cross training can provide the required difference in movements that the muscles need. This is also handy to help loosen the muscles. On the other hand, swimming after a weight training workout will help to loosen the muscles.

Good exercises that work the core include squats and dead lift. Now, these may seem more like exercises that a power lifter would perform, but they’re very good for swimmers too. Some swimmers that I know personally have enjoyed the weight training side of things that they have taken up cross-fit or powerlifting as sport alongside swimming. Website and forums such as http://powerliftingbelts.org has been a great resource for many of my friends who have gotten in this.  Professional Olympic-level swimmers often have chiselled body’s because of this.