We’re used to the fact that CrossFit is something about the hardest-pressed athletes in the gym. And it seems that swimming is not about them at all, that it is a sport from another area. But it turns out that swimming and crossphyte can be connected. How and why is it important? Now we will tell you.
What is cross-fit
Crossfit is a system of exercises for strength and endurance. It consists of aerobic exercises, gymnastics and weightlifting. A typical crossfitting session: warm-up, skills development exercises, workout of the day (WOD) and stretching. Based on the results of each WOD, scores are given to compare themselves with others and track their progress.
That is, roughly speaking: warmed up – performed a set of exercises in several approaches – stalled – went to compare their results with others. And so week after week.
According to the founder of crossfit Greg Glassman, crossfit develops 10 physical indicators: cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, muscle endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy.
What’s the connection between CrossFit and swimming?
Swimming in a crossfire
It would seem that crossfire is mostly about the hall. But no, swimming exercises are also part of the “training of the day”.
So why swim across fields?
First of all, swimming is also a good load on muscles, especially if you use additional shells: sticks, shoulder blades, boards.
Secondly, swimming develops the heart and teaches you to breathe effectively: to use air competently, and in the case of swimming, to do without it. A developed heart and respiratory system is a big plus in other endurance exercises.
Third, swimming develops technicality, pumping coherence and efficiency of muscle movements, and it helps greatly in other cross-fit exercises.
It turns out that swimming actually develops all the above 10 physical indicators, plus helps to perform more standard cross-fit exercises.
Swimming in whorcouts occurs in very different ways: for short distances and long distances, underwater and on the surface, with or without weighting, different styles. Swimming is usually combined with other exercises such as push-ups and squats.
Crossfit in swimming
Strange as it may seem, not only swimming is cross-fitting, but cross-fitting can also be found in swimming.
The CrossFit magazine claims that many Olympic champions in swimming (Amanda Beard, Jason Lezak, Aaron Pearsol, Lenny Kreiselburg) have trained under the guidance of David Salo almost “in crossfit”. Their training was short, but they sailed at a high speed (this is how more energy is spent and more water resistance), plus they did intensive exercises in the water and on the board.
High intensity and short training time – that’s what makes these swimmers similar to cross-fiters and different from the swimmers of the “old school” (those swimned long distances with low intensity). Swimmers who trained on the “crossfit” method of David Salo, over time, took more and more places in the national team and won the championships.
Swimming as part of CrossFit Games
CrossFit Games is the world’s biggest crossfit competition. They are held every year. What kind of exercises will be included in the competition is unknown in advance. Swimming in CrossFit Games is also considered to be an “element of surprise” – it is not known whether it will be a part of it, and what kind of wrestlers it will be.
However, for the last 7 years, since 2011, swimming has appeared regularly in different ways: competing for time, for the number of approaches, for a long distance, for a short distance in combination with exercises on the board.
Judging by the trend, swimming will continue to be included in the competition. Probably, from the world level it will also go down to the “place” competitions. And this is an additional reason for cross-fitters to include swimming cooks in their training.
And again, why would crossfields swim?
Swimming develops the body
It improves muscle tone, strength, stretching, heart health, helps to control cholesterol levels and fight asthma. At the same time, the potential harm – for example, the risk of injury or overload – from exercises in the pool is much less than from classes in the hall.
Water WOD is both a training and a part of recovery procedures
Swimming improves health in general and cross-fit results in particular. And at the same time it helps to restore the body after heavy training in the hall. Thanks to it, you can grow faster and show better results – while being as safe from injuries as possible.
Swimming steadily becomes part of the competition
From the level of world CrossFit Games swimming, following the trend, will probably go down to the level of more local competitions. Athletes who want to perform well in their competitions should keep in mind the possibility of a swimming stage – and be ready for it.