All posts tagged: swimming school stockholm

swimming-823717_1280

Swim and Travel

I love combining tourism with swimming. Last year I swam the 6.5 km Bosphorus race (read more here) and enjoyed Istanbul’s beautiful scenery from the water. Next year, I am planning to explore England and swim the 14 km Bridge to Bridge, one of Henley Swim’s annual events. This article is about Swedish swim competitions that you can combine with exploring Stockholm– one of Scandinavia’s capital cities, and arguably known as “the Venice of the North.”  Swim and Travel Stockholmssimmet Stockholmssimet is a new swim competition, premiering this year. The event is organized by the same people who brought you the craziness of “Tough Viking”. In Stockholmssimmet, you have an option of two different distances, either 1 km or 3.3 km. Oxana and I swam the 3.3 km, and it was amazing! Swimmers start from Stockholm’s marine museum and finish in the middle of the Royal National City Park, which was just where we wanted to be on a sunny Sunday morning. One downside with this race was a lack of organization, probably due to the fact …

Swim fins

Swim Fins Program

Swim fins are fun! They are amazing training aid for swimmers! There are a lot af advantages for using swim fins: they increase fitness and cardiovascular conditioning, increase ankle flexibility, develop leg strength and improve technique. Here is a simple, mostly crawl, program for 1500 m with swim fins we did today with Swim School Kamishi in 50 m pool in the morning. Warm up/ Strech – dryland 15 min (see the program here) Warm up in water 100 m crawl 200 m medley (50 m Butterfly, 50 m Crawl back, 50 m Breast, 50 m Crawl)   Main Set 2 x 50 m leg kicks with fins crawl, your arms position: out straight in front. 4 x 50 m crawl with fins. First 50 m as fast as you can, second 50 m relax. 4 x 50 m crawl swim without fins. 4 x 50 m leg kicks butterfly with fins, arms breaststroke. Breath every second kick. 4 x 50 m crawl with fins. First 50 m as fast as you can, second 50 m …

Strength Exercises for Swimmers

Dryland exercises for swimmers: CRAWL

Help your body to develop muscles so the muscles will help you to swim longer and faster. Together with  Kamishi Swimming School we prepared a wonderful set of dryland exercises for swimmers that  they usually provide to their crawl swimmers. It is a selection of exercises from Swimming Anatomy book by Ian McLeod. All of them you can do at home with just a little use of equipment or without equipment at all. We start with ARMS   Close grip push up Execution: Facedown, slide both hands under your chest so that your thumbs touch along the midline of your body at nipple level. Your toes support your lower body. Holding your body in a straight line from your ankles to the top of your head, push your upper body upward until the elbows are almost locked. Lower your body until your chest is 2.5 cm off the ground. Be careful if you already have pain in the shoulder joint and avoid dropping too far into the ending position. A common mistake is to take the head …

happy-swimmer

Swimming: 7 Reasons to learn it

Have you always thinking about learning to swim but never started? Here are seven great reasons why you should learn to swim this summer! Safety first. Last year was a record year in Sweden for drowning statistics—137 deaths. So, learn to swim as an adult and be ready to save yourself…and others. Saving exercises are taught with the swimming lessons. Swimming makes you a happier person. Swimming, like many exercises, stimulates the release of endorphins. Swimming reduces stress and promotes relaxation. Being in water reduces depression—“swimming can significantly decrease both anxiety and depression” says sports psychologist Aimee C. Kimball, director of mental training at the Center for Sports Medicine at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Learning to swim is challenging and helps boost self-confidence. More often than not, adult beginners who start-out learning the breaststroke have issues with water phobias…and having a phobia of any kind is a confidence killer. Either they personally experienced a near drowning, or a loved one has. Having this phobia, unfortunately, does not only influence your relationship with water but …