Bellevue Personal Training | Why Athletes Need Water

Why Athletes Need Water Training

Experts agree that there are many benefits to training in the water.  In fact, more and more athletes are turning to the pool ~ for cross training, rehabilitation, and off season workouts, to name a few.  Here are some of the many benefits to water training:

Reducing Overuse Injuries:  The repetitive stress of intense training can cause overuse injuries.  Water training can actually reduce impact by 85%, which results in less stress and less injury!

Supplementing Land Training: Surprisingly, many of the activities we do on land can also be done in the water! Shallow water is good for jumps; deep water is good for long distance run training; transitional depths are good for racquet sports training.

Add Variety or Overcome Training Plateau’s: Working in a different environment adds freshness and challenge to workouts.  Water also provides resistance in multiple planes of movement, allowing new types of loading.

Increase Muscle Strength:  Both cardiovascular and muscle endurance training can occur in the water :)

Supplement Speed and Sports Training: Aquatic training improves core muscle strength, as muscles must work to stabilize the body against the forces of water.  Plus, coaches can teach sport-specific moves in the water.

Facilitate Post-workout Recovery:  The hydrostatic pressure that occurs when one is immersed in the water increases circulation, reduces swelling, and facilitates faster recovery.  

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