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david.margrave
October 22nd, 2008, 01:33 AM
How would you rank the muscle groups used in each stroke?

For example, I would assume freestyle uses the lats primarily, triceps and pectorals secondarily.

Typhoons Coach
October 22nd, 2008, 08:26 AM
All strokes require strenth and endurance from all major muscle groups (abdominal, gluteals, biceps, quadriceps, triceps, and hamstrings, etc). Breaststroke requires more work on the adductor/abductor endurance and strength due to the kick, and fly requires more core strength and endurance due to the significant amount of undulation. So, personally (with regard to how I swim), I would rank all of the upper body muscles as number one and the lower body muscles as number 2....

rtodd
October 22nd, 2008, 07:33 PM
fly
1. core
2. lats
3. quads

back
1. upper back
2. lats
3. tri's
4. quads
5. hip flexors

breast
1. inner thighs
2. glutes
3. quads
4. pecs


free
1. upper back
2. lats
3. tri's
4. quads
5. hip flexors

geochuck
October 22nd, 2008, 07:44 PM
Most important muscle is in between the ears. If you have nothing there it will be difficult to coordinate all the other things.

rtodd
October 22nd, 2008, 09:41 PM
True.

ddl
October 22nd, 2008, 10:40 PM
back
1. upper back
2. lats
3. tri's
4. quads
5. hip flexors

free
1. upper back
2. lats
3. tri's
4. quads
5. hip flexors

You mean free and back use the same muscles? There's got to be some differences.

BlackDove
October 22nd, 2008, 11:06 PM
no shoulders?

david.margrave
October 22nd, 2008, 11:45 PM
I'm kind of wondering about that too. I'm okay at free and fly, but horrible at backstroke.



You mean free and back use the same muscles? There's got to be some differences.

Chris Stevenson
October 23rd, 2008, 08:54 AM
fly
1. core
2. lats
3. quads

I would add triceps for fly; I think they are more important than in backstroke.

Also the shoulder muscles -- the shoulders sometimes give out first, as you see when some swimmers struggle to lift their arms out of the water at the end of the 100 or 200 fly.

pwolf66
October 23rd, 2008, 10:00 AM
as you see when some swimmers struggle to lift their arms out of the water at the end of the 100 or 200 fly.

You trying to say something here??????? :roids:

Chris Stevenson
October 23rd, 2008, 01:53 PM
You trying to say something here??????? :roids:

I wasn't, but if the shoe fits...!

pwolf66
October 23rd, 2008, 02:47 PM
I wasn't, but if the shoe fits...!


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