Have a seat

I saw this unique training technique while at the University of the Pacific’s Chris Kjeldsen Pool. Some members of the Tiger Aquatics Swim Club were swimming laps, nothing unusual there. A few were holding water polo-sized balls above their heads as they swam. Not too unusual either. I’ve seen water polo players, who have to tread water as they play, do that as well.

What was odd was in one lane over, A few of the swimmers held plastic folding chairs overhead as they swam their laps. Well, it was more like treading water down the lane but they were moving, albeit slowly.

I turned to a nearby coach and asked what was up with the chairs. He said that it helped to build leg strength and it was something a bit different to do. It looked difficult for the swimmers who were working hard. I guess it could have been worse: the coach could have been sitting in the chair.

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