September 26, 2012
Get Bigger for Swimming?
By G. John Mullen
Many male swimmers (some female too) have an identity crisis. In a sport where masculinity is under scrutiny due to exposing suits and shaving methods, many young men seek outside revenues to prove manliness. This often results in swimmers lifting heavy weights with the goal of increasing size. Unfortunately, size does not correlate with swimming success, making mass gains unproductive in many circumstance.
In swimming, finding the optimal balance of drag and in water power production is a key for success. Too many male swimmers want to lift to get bigger or perform difficult dry-land because they are good athletic and strong on land. It is key to curb this mindset as swimmers must recognize swimming is the best mode for swimming success. Out of pool training must complement pool training and irrelevant training likely results in poor swimming times. Every male swimmer looking to get bigger must ask themselves, “Will this optimize my swimming potential?”, not “Will this give me a better body?”. Swimmers often have aesthetically pleasing bodies, but the nicest body does not win the meet.
Remember, the primary goal of every swimmer must be to swim faster. If this is not the primary goal, then you are not a swimmer! Don’t use dry-land as a short-term solution for a long-term problem. Make everyday in the pool the number one priority and find a complementing dry-land program to optimize your swimming career.
He is not a swimmer!