“In swimming, speed comes directly from the core, so Pilates helps immensely.”
—Dara Torres, competitor in 5 Olympics
Pilates training benefits swimmers in many ways. By increasing body awareness, swimmers find it easier to incorporate the correct techniques in the pool, and to become Pilates also ensures that the energy you exert in the water is directed at your swimming strokes, and not lost in unstable movements of the trunk, pelvis or shoulder girdle.
By learning to connect to your deep stabilising muscles while swimming, you increase your speed, improve your endurance and prevent injuries. Your stroke is also improved by the increased flexibility of your joints and the proper alignment of your body.
A Pilates programme for swimmers also places emphasis on breathing techniques which help strengthen your diaphragm and improve your lung capacity.