Dynamic poolside warm ups are essential elements of any pre-training or pre-competition routine. They help prepare the body for the demands to come by:

  1. Increasing the body temperature allowing muscles to work more efficiently.
  2. Getting the heart and lungs ready for vigorous activity.
  3. Stretching muscles actively, preparing them for the forces to be experienced.
  4. Ingraining proper movement patterns and coordination.
  5. Waking up the nervous system and gets the brain talking with the muscles.

To ensure that you have warmed up adequately, swimmers need to arrive early for training!

LINKS: Warm Up and Stretch