Whether your pool is closed for an extended period of time, you can’t make it to the pool due to a busy schedule, you can’t afford a pool membership at the moment, or you’re traveling somewhere that doesn’t have a pool, you can keep moving toward your goals! 

It’s important to adjust your mindset during this time. Having limited access to a pool provides an opportunity to incorporate more dryland into your routine, which is hugely beneficial for your swimming performance.

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Related: MySwimPro – The #1 Dryland Training App for Swimmers!

Prevent Injury

shoulder injury

Dryland training allows you to work on key areas of vulnerability in your body, such as your shoulders, your knees or your lower back, to prevent future injuries. You can also improve your flexibility with dryland training to improve the range of motion in your joints.

Bodyweight Workouts

You can get a great workout in with just your bodyweight! Bodyweight dryland routines are great if you need to do your workout at home. Push ups, sit ups, squats, hip bridges, core work and numerous other exercises can all be done with no equipment and minimal space.

Check out this video for an explanation of two dryland workouts, including a dynamic warm up!

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Core strength is essential for all swimmers. This video breaks down 10 of our favorite core exercises!

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15 Low Impact Dryland Exercises for Swimmers

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Related: 5 Reasons Why Bodyweight Training Improves Your Swimming Performance

Strength Training

If you have access to a gym, or if you have basic workout equipment at home, put them to use! Add some of these exercises to your arsenal:

20 Dryland Exercises Using a Medicine Ball

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5 Resistance Band Exercises for Swimmers

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30 Dryland Exercises Using TRX Suspension Cables

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10 Swiss Ball Dryland Exercises for Swimmers

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Related: 4 Principles for Effective & Sustainable Strength Training

Open Water Swimming

If you have a body of water available to you, try out some open water swims!

A few safety notes: Never swim in open water by yourself. Instead, swim with a guide boat or a group of swimmers. Use a floatation buoy if you have one, and wear a bright colored swim cap.

Cardio and Alternative Workouts

yoga

In addition to the workout ideas we shared above, you can also incorporate walks, hikes, indoor or outdoor bike rides, or runs into your routine to get a nice cardio burn. You can also try yoga, rock climbing, Pilates or any other workout to make up for your lack of pool time. 

Related: 4 Ways Yoga will Make You a Better Swimmer

How to Structure a Workout

Here’s how to build an effective, efficient dryland workout.

Start with a Dynamic Warm-up

dynamic warm up

A proper warm-up ensures your muscles are ready to work! Warming up helps with shoulder stability, enhances your nervous system function and prevents injury. Your warm-up should get your heart pumping, but shouldn’t tire you out too much.

The videos above include more dynamic warm-up tips.

Related: Why You Should Do a Dynamic Warm-Up Before Every Swim

Building Your Workout

To build your dryland workout, pick 5-10 exercises and choose your workout structure. Below are a few different ways to build your own workout

Related: How to do Dryland Workouts at Home

Intervals

push ups

Create your own work and rest intervals. Be sure to pick a work interval that you can complete for 2 or more rounds. Example:

  • 30 seconds of work, 15 seconds of rest, 3 rounds.
  • 30 seconds push ups, 15 seconds rest
  • 30 seconds squats, 15 seconds rest
  • 30 seconds lunges, 15 seconds rest
  • 30 second plank, 15 seconds rest

Rep Count

Complete 2-5 sets of 10-20 reps for each exercise. Before you start your workout, decide how much rest you need between sets of each exercise. Example:

  • 3 sets of 12 reps for each exercise. Rest 30 seconds between each set.
  • Burpees
  • Leg lifts
  • Pull ups
  • TRX tricep extension

Large Circuit

russian twists

Complete all exercises one after the other, choosing either a work/rest interval or a rep count. Try for 2-5 rounds, resting after each round. Example: 

  • 15 reps of each exercise, 4 rounds. 1 set of 15 reps per exercise = 1 round.
  • TRX lateral lunge
  • Russian twists with medicine ball
  • Oblique plank right side
  • Oblique plank left side
  • Medicine ball slams
  • TRX rows
  • Plank progression

Multiple Small Circuits

Group exercises into a few small circuits. You can choose intervals or rep count for these circuits. Example: 

Squat and press
  • 3 circuits, 40 seconds of work, 20 seconds of rest. 3 rounds. Complete all 3 rounds of one circuit before moving on to the next circuit.
  • TRX pistol squat
  • Burpees
  • Plank
  • Push ups
  • Russian twists with medicine ball
  • Squat with medicine ball press
  • Lunge with medicine ball twist
  • TRX row
  • Rotational medicine ball chop

Supersets

Complete 2 exercises, one after the other with no rest between. Rest after you complete the second exercise. 3-5 rounds. 

  • 15-20 reps of each exercise. Complete 3 rounds of each superset before moving on.
  • Squats
  • TRX jump lunges
  • Burpees
  • Plank progression
  • Push ups
  • TRX chest fly

Related: 4 Reasons Swimmers Should Lift Weights

How Often Should I Do Dryland?

weights

Try replacing your regular swimming sessions with dryland workouts until you are able to get back to the pool. However, it is important to note that dryland has a different effect on the body than swimming. Dryland is higher impact, so you may not be able to work out for as long, or at as high an intensity, as you can in the pool. If you are new to dryland, start slow and build up your intensity over time, starting with lower reps or short intervals.

When it comes to dryland, do what works for you! It’s most important that you stay active and get back in the pool ready to crush your goals. Share your favorite dryland workout with us in the comments!

While you’re out of the pool, download the MySwimPro app to try our dryland training plans, and study our library of technique and drill videos so you’re prepared when it’s time to get back in the water! Try our ELITE COACH subscription free for 30 days to unlock all of our dryland and swim training resources.

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4 thoughts on “How Swimmers Can Work Out Without a Pool

  1. Very nice. These exercises are also very helpful in keep the body healthy.These exercise are also a great way to boost your fitness and strength.Thankyou for sharing this lovely psot.

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