7 Training Workouts to Improve Swimming Strength

Becoming a faster swimmer isn't just about adding more laps in the pool—training outside of the water is arguably just as important.

The amount of kinesthetic awareness required in swimming makes it one of the toughest sports to pick up, and adding strength workouts to your training regimen can pay serious dividends.

"It's all about proprioception, which is a fancy word for stability," says Mitchell Reiss, a USA Triathlon certified coach in Berkeley, California. "You need core strength, upper-body strength, good body awareness, and the ability to utilize your pelvis and core to sync with the arms and the legs."

Here are seven exercises Reiss recommends for swimmers looking to improve:

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