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    swimming and waterpolo

    Hi everyone


    I've started practicing waterpolo in september. I would like to improve cardio and endurance because I got tired too easily. I need to be able to stay in the pool for at least 10 minutes in a row (even more) doing sudden turns, accelerations etc

    Do you have any ideas about some training I could do in order to improve cardio and endurance? Let's say twice a week


    Thanks a lot (I hope my English is good enough)


    Daniel

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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    Daniel18 -

    Had you ever been a swimmer before trying water polo?

    Water polo is indeed very demanding, and requires great eggbeater kick for vertical body lift, and quick transitions to/from horizontal to vertical body position and acceleration down the pool, either in a prone position or on your back.

    Certainly, standard swim practices are a help, but specialized skills are also needed for "heads up" swimming with the ball, passing, and shooting.

    Have you looked into the USA Water Polo Association?


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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    Quote Originally Posted by Redbird Alum View Post
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    Had you ever been a swimmer before trying water polo?
    Also, how often are you playing?

    Doing some swim sets a couple of times a week could help. Legwork (eggbeater kick) is also useful. If you are doing swim sets/practices to supplement water polo practices, they should be shorter and sprint oriented. If you watch a water polo game, it is basically a series of fast sprints.

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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    In my younger years I was a high level water polo player and coach in CA and now am a 57 year old USMS swimmer.
    Swimming and water polo are two different sports and it is much harder to get fit for polo with traditional swimming workouts than the other way around.
    When we coached we learned the best way to condition for polo was by playing polo. Full court 4 on 4 scrimmaging, lots of counter attack drills...etc.
    if you’re going to try to gain conditioning for polo by swimming I’d suggest sets like: (assume 25 yard pool) 10 x 25 @ 30 with climbing out of pool and starting with a dive.
    Swimming sets of 75s where when you get to the wall you touch with hand but then use your hips and legs to do a quick turn of direction without using wall to push off of with legs.
    Stay away from distance sets and focus on high intensity sets that require engaging core like climbing out of pool or quick change of directions

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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    Quote Originally Posted by packpolo View Post
    Also, how often are you playing?

    Doing some swim sets a couple of times a week could help. Legwork (eggbeater kick) is also useful. If you are doing swim sets/practices to supplement water polo practices, they should be shorter and sprint oriented. If you watch a water polo game, it is basically a series of fast sprints.
    Is this why water polo players are good sprinters when they swim in high school. Lots of sprint work.

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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    Are you swimming on your own or on some type of team?

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    Re: swimming and waterpolo

    oh, it's better tp ask a professional who would help you

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