Dryland Periodization Phase II: Basic Strength Training
DID YOU KNOW?
Poor posture not only looks terrible and increases your chances for a whole host of injuries, but it can actually mess with your stroke technique. For instance, decreased shoulder range of motion resulting from tight chest and shoulder muscles decreases stroke length and strength.
Plus, holding the shoulders forward prevents efficient arm recovery and forces you to roll excessively to breathe. For a quick way to assess your posture, along with some great exercises and stretches to help improve it, check out the "Ask the Dryland Coach" archives on usaswimming.org.