SWIM TECHNIQUE TRAINING
- Ultimately, the Airtrainer works as a darn good gym. There’s a ton of exercises you can pick from, here are some favourites:
- PULL UPS – extend your range, and build up to full body weight pull-ups using double arm pulls on a high height setting. Keep a good posture, shoulder blades engaged and feel all the upper back and lats work.
- SRAIGHT ARM PULL DOWN - keep arms locked, lower back flat and abs tense as you pull down feeling the chest work.
- IRON CROSS PULL DOWN – this is a favourite, as it lets you pretend you’re doing a real iron cross on the rings. Keep arms strong as feel lats and chest work as you pull down.
- CHEST FLY/PRESS COMBO
- REVERSE FLYS – engage the reverse kinetic chain (or - do the same exercise backwards, in layman’s speak), to build equal strength in opposing muscle groups.
- TRICEP EXTENSION – keen elbow in place, work back of arm.
- SHOULDER BLADE CLENCHES – posture, combats hunching over desk all day. Progress to seated row.
- DIPS – this is a hard exercise to do, and we think a lot of people cheat it. Push through feeling chest and triceps engage.
- PULL UP TO DIP COMPLEX – for all of you with crossfit aspirations this is a classic all over torso workout. Simply combine a forwards facing pull up and a dip.
- Backwards bicep curl – it’s not much use for swimmers of triathletes but the bicep curl is another gym favourite that you can perform on the Airtrainer. Facing backwards, drop to full extension then curl arms through whole range and control back down.
This is what the Swimbeam Airtrainer was originally developed for. Sick of noodle arm syndrome and missing too many take-offs, we built the first trainer at home and found massive improvements within just 2 weeks.
After a month, it was easy, pain free paddling for 3-4 hours. We’ve concentrated training videos so far on swimming and triathlon - follow these, for technique and strength, and you’ll transform your surfing, while we get some dedicated surf paddle resources together. More videos coming soon.