Do you love swimming? If so, you’re not alone. Ranked just behind running as one of the nations five most popular activities, swimming offers a means of exercise and enjoyment for people of all ages. From young kids just getting a feel for the water to senior citizens who use the sport to say active, limber, and agile, swimming is something that can offer an array of benefits to an array of people.
If you’ve been a lifelong advocate of swimming, then we don’t need to convince you why the sport is one of the best on the planet. However, if you’re still unsure whether or not swimming is for you, perhaps the following information can change your mind. Check out the top 7 reasons swimming might be a great sport for you:
In this article, we’re going to focus on the last of swimming’s benefits: its full-body workout. It’s one thing to know you’re getting great exercise when swimming, but it’s something else entirely when you know exactly what muscles you’re building while enjoying the sport. So, what muscles does swimming work? Keep reading to learn about the swimming muscles you’ll work and build with each type of swimming stroke.
As the easiest stroke for first-time and amateur swimmers, breaststroke comes naturally to most people. The scooping-and-streamlining arms and “frog” kick make it an easy, comfortable, and effective stroke for many swimmers to master. The muscles used in swimming breaststroke are:
In order to do breaststroke properly, every aspect of the body must be engaged. Therefore, in addition to the aforementioned areas, you’ll also be working muscles you maybe never knew you had such as shin and various foot muscles. Check out this video to see these muscles in action.
As the second easiest stroke to master, backstroke also comes naturally to many swimmers. Interestingly enough, because they are almost identical in body movements, backstroke and freestyle use almost the exact same muscles. Where the two differ comes in how the strokes are performed. As its name suggests, backstroke, also known as the back crawl, is done on your back. Freestyle, or front crawl, is done on your stomach. Both strokes use the following muscles:
Notorious for being the most difficult of the four strokes, the butterfly is both physically demanding and strenuous on the body. In order to properly propel yourself, the muscles in your upper body, back, and legs must be fully engaged. In addition to some of the minor muscles mentioned in breaststroke, freestyle, and backstroke, the key muscles used in butterfly include:
Read up more on these different styles and strokes and watch all these muscles in action in this video. If you’re interested in the full-body workout swimming provides, sign up for one of our classes today.